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Archive for August, 2009

Former N.C. National Guardsmen wonder about their Iraq legacy

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

For Glenn LeMay, Jeremy Tomlinson and Ken Mitchell, the mission was clear – find insurgents, keep them from digging in, and train Iraqis to do the job after U.S. soldiers went home.

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Healthy options for school lunch

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009


Packing a nutritional lunch that kids will eat is a difficult task. With students getting ready to head back to school, parents head to the grocery store to look for healthy lunches.

“The main nutritional need during the middle part of the day is going to be carbohydrates,” said nutritionist Heidi Kaufman.

Kaufman says there are several things to keep in mind when packing lunch for young kids. “They need a lot of energy. They need energy to be thinking, they need energy to be moving, so you’re thinking in terms of slow release energy if possible.”

While whole grains, fruits and vegetables will do the trick, there are certain foods you want to avoid. “What you don’t want to do is put Twinkies and candy in the lunch box because it will give them the quick energy but it won’t last all afternoon. So then by 3:00 o’clock they’re tired, they’re sleepy, they’re irritable,” Kaufman said.

When it comes to providing a healthy lunch, one cafeteria favorite fails to make the grade. Although it’s fast and easy for parents to put together, when it comes to nutritional value, PB and J gets an “F”.

“Parents will pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but jelly is loaded in sugar, and the peanut butter is really high in fat, and you just have to be careful with that because it’s a lot of sugar and fat at once,” Kaufman explained.

Lean cuts of turkey and ham provide a healthy alternative… just watch the salt content.

And remember, not all deli meats were created equal. Kaufman said, “The ones you really want to stay away from are bologna and salami. They’re really high in fat, they have a lot of processed ingredients.”

When it comes to drinks, soda, juices, and sports drinks are loaded with sugar.

“Milk has protein, a little bit of fat, but it tends to stick longer with the child, doesn’t spike their blood sugar, and doesn’t make them want to eat quite as much food,” Kaufman said.

For a healthy snack Kaufman says graham crackers and wafer cookies will feed the sweet tooth with fewer calories.

And you might want to invest in some good Tupperware; last night’s leftovers usually make a nutritious meal the next day.

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videoPacking a nutritional lunch that kids will eat is a difficult task. With students getting ready to head back to school, parents head to the grocery store to look for healthy lunches.

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SBI investigation into R.C. Soles continues

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Even though a 27-year-old man is now saying he lied about his accusation that launched a police investigation of state Sen. R.C. Soles, the inquiry hasn’t stopped.

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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office searching for armed robbers

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for three men in connection with a store robbery early Tuesday, officials said.

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16-year-old buried in sand nearly drowns at Bald Head Island

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Bald Head Island | Burying friends or family members in the sand is a favorite pastime among beach-goers. But the seemingly harmless amusement almost cost the life of a Bald Head Island vacationer who came close to drowning Sunday afternoon when the tide came in over his head.

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