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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Megan Bryant and Johnnie McCoy of Raeford are the proud parents of a son, Shilen Qei McCoy, born at 4:37 p.m. Oct. 2 at The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Dorcas Pigott and Lionel Bryant, both of Shallotte.
    Paternal grandparents are Haynes McCoy and Yvette Greene, both of Raeford.
    Great-grandparent is Ruby Bryant of Shallotte.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Meghan M. Heller and Wes Miller, both of Winnabow. The bride-elect is the daughter of Sheila Heller of Oak Island and the late Thomas Heller. The prospective groom is the son of Robert and Cindy Miller of Indian Trail and Lewis and Colleen Weathers of Oak Island. A September 2013 wedding is planned in Southport.

  • Do you have a secret longing to showcase your hidden talent?

    You and your musical or literary showmanship need be secret no more.

    Every month, Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co., 4635 Main St. in Shallotte, showcases singers, musicians and poetry readers alike at its open-mic night.

    The next open-mic night is slated to begin at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 6, at the coffee shop. It will continue until 7:30 p.m. or shortly before 8 p.m., Jumpin Java employee Edith Garcia said.