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Today's Features

  • "Grown in the dirt and ripened by the sun.” I saw this sign on tomatoes at a local farmers market. It tells the story about how many of us feel about the fresh taste of tomatoes, just off the vine and still warm from the sun.
    Is there any taste that says summer better? This is the vegetable we long for most when supermarkets offer rather flavorless winter tomatoes.
    Some just want a few tomatoes to enjoy with a salad or perhaps sliced on a sandwich. But if you want to preserve this taste of summer, here are a few tips on canning tomatoes.

  • The renowned Raleigh Ringers will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Seaside United Methodist Church on N.C. 904 in Sunset Beach.
    Tickets are $15 and available through the church office or online at www.seasideumc.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.
    This internationally acclaimed, Raleigh-based handbell choir, formed in 1990, has toured 44 states in concert and has also appeared in France. The group has more than 300 percussion and bell types, including seven octaves of handbells.

  • Gospel Jubilee planned for Sept. 14
    Plan to attend the Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at
    7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Unity Worship Center, 1119 Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte. For more information, call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

  • Back in the days of my youth, I’d sit at the piano and pick out tunes from musicals I loved. It was my rebellion from the requisite scales and serious music demanded by my teacher.
    Despite years of study, I never could achieve a degree of comfort or excellence with this musical instrument. At the same time, I yearned to be able to sing and play the songs I loved. So, I plunked myself down on the piano bench, oblivious to any possible audience and heedless of my own lack of talent.

  • The Ocean Isle Beach sand sculpture contest will take place from 11 a.m.-
    1: 30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the beach in front of the Community Center at 44 East 1st St. at the Monroe St. beach access on Ocean Isle Beach. Rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 2.
     Family division rules
    1. Construction of sculptures must be confined to the contestant’s flagged area.
    2. Create anything you would like out of sand, keeping it appropriate for all ages.

  • New books available at Hickmans Crossroads Library
    The new books at Hickmans Crossroads Library are:
    “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber. Jo Marie Rose opens the Rose Harbor Inn bed and breakfast in Cedar Cove to start a new life, but the inn and its first guests bring surprises into Jo’s life.

  • I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Growing up in northeastern Ohio, I soon learned there was only one sport played in that area—football. From the sandlots, to Pee-Wee League, to Junior League, to high school, to college, to pro football…football was and still is king.
    My wife, Karen, and I were married in May 1966 and we (she) raised two football players (what else?), Sean and Aaron, and called Akron, Ohio, our home until retiring to southeastern coastal North Carolina in 2001.

  • The John and Bessie Evans family reunion will be Sunday, Sept 9, at the Lockwood Folly Community Building. All family members and friends are invited to attend. Bring a covered dish and new family tree information (dates, marriages and children).
    Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Come early and mingle. Be sure to tell others about the reunion.
    For more information, call Cecelia H. Kinlaw at 754-6139.

  • Jessica McMahon of Wilmington and Cody Rae Neville of Winnabow were married Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Shrine Club.
    The Rev. Stephen Raleigh Winnabow Baptist Church officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark McMahon of Wilmington.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Neville of Winnabow.
    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.