January 13, 2023

Martin Luther King, Jr. march returns

A GOOD reason to march

One thing COVID-19 has kept our community from enjoying the past several years is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

The memorial march, roundtable breakfast, student activities and Walter Welsh Award presentation are still on hold until the pandemic subsides.

However, there is GOOD news this year – the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, now in its 29th year, is bringing back a cherished outdoor event this weekend.

The committee’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March will we held Sunday, Jan. 15, starting at 1 p.m. at the front entrance of the Southport Fire Department Headquarters at 1011 N. Howe Street followed by a brief program. The committee says it eventually plans to bring back all of the favorite events for the local King celebration and that this year’s march is a starting point in that direction.

The goal is to return in full force next year with an entire program. Hopefully, the world will also have a better grip on COVID-19 and the committee can once again start meeting and planning the full program.

This Sunday’s march is a GOOD starting point for our community to once again honor the late civil rights leader and his legacy. Now all that’s needed are people to come out and be a part of the celebration.

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New News

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Not Exactly News

Welcome to the first edition of a new feature in our humble newsletter –
Not Exactly News makes its debut here this week, but the column had a long life as a popular feature in The State Port Pilot. Each week’s presentation was an eclectic batch of items gathered hither and yon, filling in the spaces between the more traditional news items of the week.

Those columns now function as a wonderful time capsule, a snapshot of daily life in our corner of the world and we think they’re a GOOD fit here.

We hope you enjoy this look back – we’ll start 70 years ago, this week.

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From The State Port Pilot – Wednesday, January 14, 1953

Good to Know

Law enforcement Appreciation Day is January 9
  • January 13: Friday the 13th Many believe it originates from the Last Supper, and the 13 guests who sat at the table on the day before the Friday on which Jesus was crucified. What began as a Christian interpretation launched into a phenomenon that leads some people to avoid staying at hotel rooms with the number 13, beware of venturing up to the 13th floor of any building or try not to sit in the 13th row in airplanes.

  • January 14: Ratification Day Ratification Day is the day when the Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War, was ratified by the Confederation Congress, officially acknowledging the independence of the United States and ending the country’s status as a British colony.

  • January 15: National Hat Day From protecting the head from the cold or heat of the day, to just expressing who a person is to the world, National Hat Day is a great day to sport the very best in headgear.

  • January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was created by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, at least that’s when the day became official. The day of King’s assassination had remained an important part of American culture in the 15 years since its occurrence in 1968, and Reagan finally felt compelled (after years of campaigning by activists) to make it a federal holiday for the United States of America.

  • January 17: Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day Well, there comes a time when you just have to acknowledge that your New Year’s Resolutions were unreasonable and unrealistic, and that time is a fortnight into the New Year! Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day sets you free from your first mistakes of the New Year!

  • January 18: National Thesaurus Day This is your opportunity to reintroduce yourself to that best friend of writers, the thesaurus. Whether you’re looking for a new word to spice up your vocabulary, or looking for precisely the right nuance to add to a sentence or phrase, a Thesaurus can be there to help you.

  • January 19: National Popcorn Day Possibly thousands of years ago, it was realized that certain corn kernels, when subjected to heat, will pop and reveal their soft fluffy endosperm in a cloud around their shell. Before long it was discovered to be a light and delicious treat, and cultivation led to the popcorn we have today.

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Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

In the showcase this week we bid farewell to Christmas 2022 with GOOD reader responses to the challenge “my favorite Christmas present.” Thanks to all who took the time to share your photos, tug at our heart strings, and bring smiles to our faces.

Our favorite Christmas gift – our grandson's footprint ornament. Submitted by Lisa Everett

Our favorite Christmas gift – our grandson's footprint ornament.
Submitted by Lisa Everett.

More submissions by Diane McKeithan, Ethan Robinson, and Joey Robinson.

View past reader photo showcases

Recipe of the week

Rice Mosaic

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans
Wondering what to do with that ham bone left over from Christmas that you have in the freezer? I recommend a pot of pintos! You do have to plan ahead a little as the beans need to soak overnight (it makes them cook faster and easier to digest) but it takes very little hands-on time for this easy and hearty winter dinner. Serve them with chow-chow or hot sauce and raw onion on top and freshly baked cornbread on the side... YUM!

• 1 lb dry pinto beans
• ham bone
• 8 cups water
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place beans in slow cooker and fill with water. Soak beans overnight. Drain beans and discard liquid. Add ham bone and spices and 8 cups of water. Return beans to crock. Cook on high for 5 hours. Before serving, remove ham from bone and add meat back into beans.

Click here for a printable recipe card.

Pet of the Week!

This week's pet of the week is Graham,
the coolest pup around! He's rocking some shades and looking oh-so-stylish. Thanks to Betty Barnes for sending in this awesome photo. We'd love to see more of your furry friends, so send us your photos by clicking the button below!

Graham, submitted by Betty Barnes

See the complete collection in our Pet of the Week Showcase Gallery!

Play Time

Before you go, why not take a few more minutes, refill your coffee and take on our "Spot the Difference" challenge? This week, we've taken a photo from our Portfolio section – the one featuring Fort Fisher State Historic Site's living history program, "With Artillery, War is Made" – and made 11 alterations to it. See if you can spot the differences between the two images and test your observational skills. Click the images to get a closer look and check your guesses with the key at the end of the newsletter. Good luck!

Spot the Difference

Good Times

It’s Friday! Presented by Up Your Arts, here’s the weekend line-up, full of music and activities for everyone.

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Friday, January 13

  • Dos Eddies @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Wes Hunter @ The Joyce

  • The Reflections @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Corey Stuart @ 49th Street Grill (OKI)

  • The Papa Midnight Band @ Brunswick Beer Exchange (Leland)

  • David Condon @ The Pub of Southport

  • R&R Music @ Second Wind

Saturday, January 14

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Grape and Ale

  • Scott Riley @ The Joyce

  • Seth Fox @ 49th Street Grill (OKI)

  • Krispee Biscuits @ The Pub of Southport

  • Down South Thunder @ The Tiki Tavern

  • Jacknife @ Second Wind

Sunday, January 15

  • Open Beach Jam with Dennis Walton @ The Lazy Turtle (OKI)

  • Johnny White @ Ocean Crest Pier

On a GOOD Note

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein

Spot the Difference Answer Key

Spot the Difference answer key

1.Hat has changed from red to blue. 2.Missing epaulet. 3.No feet! 4.Extra spokes on wheel. 5.Missing pouch. 6.Hat is larger. 7.Missing smoke. 8.Missing hat insignia. 9.More buttons. 10.Extra bolt. 11.Missing chain.

Have a really GOOD weekend!