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Today's Features

  • In last week’s column, I wrote about September being “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” One of the big things people are talking about on this subject is the need for people of all ages (but especially children) to get more physical activity.
    Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps control weight, builds muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bones, muscle and joint development and decreases the risk of obesity.

  • Brian Angus in concert
    Tate Music Group recording artist Brian Angus from Cowen, W.Va., will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Full Life Fellowship, 2470 Big Neck Road in Ash. The public is invited to attend this free concert.
    Angus, a songwriter whose music appeals to a variety of musical tastes, will present a mixture of Southern gospel, folk gospel and contemporary Christian music.
    For more information, call the Rev. Donnie Jones at 232-9647.

  • Thanks to the generosity of a newfound friend who let me borrow the book, I just finished a race through “The Devil in Pew Number Seven.” To call it a race is not an understatement, since I pored over the book until I finished it in eight hours. This was not my reacting to a dare or an enticement to competition. It was purely interest-driven. I was captivated by the true story that took place in Columbus County during the 1960s.

  • Friends of the Library to meet Sept. 25
    The Southport and Oak Island Friends of the Library annual meeting will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St. in Southport. Guest speaker will be Wilmington Star News writer and author Ben Steelman.
    Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
    Steelman is a co-author of “Wilmington on Film,” which chronicles more than 25 years of TV and film production in the Cape Fear region. He will focus on productions in Brunswick County.

  • Chili to heat up Moose Lodge Oct. 13
    The Local Heroes Chili Cook-off will take place from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Oak Island Moose Lodge. Local fire, rescue and police departments, along with the US Coast Guard, will be competing for the title of “The Best Chili in Town.”
    Tickets on now sale for $10 each. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Be sure to get $2 off coupons at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce and First Citizens Bank, Oak Island branch.

  • Cabbage is one of our oldest vegetables and continues to be a dietary staple and a fairly inexpensive food. It is easy to grow, tolerates the cold and is rich in vitamin C and fiber.
    Just cut up some fresh cabbage, sprinkle it with lemon and enjoy it as a mid-day snack. Or, use it with your favorite tossed salad or pasta dish; or, my favorite, make some fresh cabbage soup.

  • Erica Babson of Ash and Michael Segura of Lincolnton were married May 19 at the Clebourne House in Fort Mill, S.C.
    The Rev. Aaron Grooms officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of David and Charlotte Babson of Ash. The groom is the son of Dioney and Maria Segura of Lincolnton.
    The bride was given in marriage by her father.

  • Thursday, Sept. 20
    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.

  • What would it be like if Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz” and Alice of “Alice in Wonderland” were to meet? What would they think of each other? Would they be friends? How would the characters in their books react to each other?
    Stagestruck Players, the youth division or Brunswick Little Players, will shed some light on the possibility as to how these pairings might work in their upcoming production of “Dorothy Meets Alice.”

  • The West Brunswick High School girls’ tennis team beat East Bladen 8-1 on Sept. 11.
    In singles, Penny Watts (WB) beat Carolina Sarmiento 6-0, 6-0. Rachel Norton (WB) beat Samantha Bratt 6-0, 6-0. Sarah Harman (WB) beat Gabrielle Monroe 6-0, 6-0. Anna James (WB) beat Sha’Lite Campbell 6-1, 6-1. Ashley Carter (WB) beat Shamek Brooks 6-1, 6-2. Hayley Grimes (WB) beat Kristi McDowell 6-0, 6-0.