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Today's Features

  • The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce saw its first post-Christmas parade festival in Shallotte as a success.

    “We hoped to keep people out after the parade for some family fun,” Kelly Mathews, the chamber’s programs and events director, said Saturday.

    As Saturday morning’s annual parade wound down, families made their way to Shallotte Riverside park to see what was offered at the Christmas on the River festival.

  • BOLIVIA—If a phone upgrade is on your Christmas wish list, that new device may come with a new emergency alert service.

    Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is the latest method put in place to notify the public of emergency warnings.

    It will bring to your cell phone the Emergency Alert System—the next generation of the emergency broadcast system, which breaks into TV programs blaring a siren to draw your attention. It often endswith the announcement, “This is only a test.”

  • The North Carolina Christmas festival and parade in Leland celebrates 20 years this weekend by expanding to a two-day event.

    On Friday, Dec. 7, the Unity Group of North Brunswick, event organizers, will host their first street dance the night before the parade at the festival location—in the North Brunswick shopping center parking lot behind BB&T.

    Unity Group president John Crowder said the dance would be from 7-10 p.m. with local band Kicking Aces performing country, rock and other music.

  • New books at Hickmans Crossroads
    The following new books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library:
    “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci. After he receives a posthumous note from his aunt hinting things are horribly amiss in her Florida Gulf Coast town, Army Special Agent John Puller uncovers a shocking conspiracy.

  • I love doggy bags. We don’t have a dog and most of the time those leftovers are for me.
    With the size of many restaurant portions these days, it is only wise to bring part of your food home for another meal or possibly two. Have you ever thought about the safety of this food? Here’s a quick one-question quiz to see what you know about doggy bag safety.
    The last time you took home a doggy bag from a restaurant, how long did it stay in your refrigerator before eating it?
    A: One day.
    B: Two days.
    C: Three to four days.

  • Christmas open house set for Dec. 8
    Trinity United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas open house for the community from 2:30-
    6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The church will open its historic sanctuary, decorated for Christmas, so all may enjoy its beauty. Refreshments will be served and a variety of musicians will provide entertainment during the afternoon. The adult handbell ringers will play traditional Christmas music at 2:30 p.m. Restrooms will be available for those on the Southport homes tour.

  • Denominations that use the Common Lectionary as a source for their Sunday readings find the choices for the first Sunday of Advent present us with messages from Chapter 33 of the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah 33:14-16; Chapter 3 of the letter to the community at Thessalonica and portions from Chapter 21 of the Gospel according to Luke. The proclamations offer a complexity that entwines good news with the dire consequences that come when we do not follow God’s will and way.
    I hear a dual call, “Be aware and beware!” I am pulled in two directions.

  • 4-H’ers from across North Carolina joined Brunswick County 4-H Teen Council representatives Kenan Bridges, Camille Carr and Sammi Lawrence at the 2012 State 4-H Council Conference in Raleigh on Nov. 3-4.
    They participated in leadership and skill building workshops, district council and state council board meetings, heard speakers, competed for the 4-H Spirit Stick and also enjoyed dances and other fun evening activities.

  • Many varieties of cheese have been developed throughout the world, each with its own special flavor. Although all cheese is made from milk, most of it is made from cow’s milk. Some varieties are also made from the milk of sheep or goats.

  • Thursday, Dec. 6
    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.