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Today's Features

  •  Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Booty-scooting. These colorful terms have all been applied to one of the more common unusual actions of our canine companions: dragging and rubbing their rear end along the floor. Why do dogs scoot and rub their butts on the carpet? Let’s examine some of the many potential causes of “hiney-hauling.”

     

    Anal Sacs

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Chocolate. Potato chips. Ice cream.

    You know the triggers — and the power they have over you. Rest assured you’re not alone.

    Food cravings can have little to do with hunger, though, and lots to do with mental and physiological components. Let’s take a look at the main causes of these cravings and some tips for overcoming them. 

     

    Causes of food cravings

     

    Leptin resistance

  •  By John Nelson

    Pick a tree — any tree — and try to describe it using only eight words — in Latin. That’s what botanist Thomas Walter did in 1788, after studying and then naming this tree. His eight words (see below) indicate that the tree has paired needles, a short, oblong or egg-shaped cone and a smooth trunk.

  • “Kaleidescopika,” a unique collaboration of music and muse, kicks off the BCCOWA Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

    The performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia is described as the “art of unfolding,” showcasing a touring alliance of cordis, a maverick contemporary chamber music group from Boston, Mass., and the Muse Cirque Company of Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • New entertainment and a record number of vendors highlight this year’s 10th-anniversary Sunset at Sunset festival in Sunset Beach.

    Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Village at Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium, this year’s event features a record number of vendors — 121 at last count — as well as new vendors.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph said some vendors are coming from as far as Maryland and Virginia.

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue never wastes any time celebrating the season of spooks.

    The department’s annual Station 31 Haunted Trail launches promptly at 7 p.m. this coming Saturday night, Oct. 1, continuing at the same time every subsequent Friday and Saturday in October and concluding Halloween night Monday, Oct. 31.

    Every year, the award-winning Grissettown Longwood Haunted Trail gets better and scarier, with thousands of people stopping by to brave it.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I’m not referring to drug overdoses, car crashes or heart attacks. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide — every day — in the United States.

    Think about it. That’s almost one death each hour of the day!

    These suicides are often a result of physical or psychological injuries our soldiers bring home after serving our country in war zones. 

  • By John Nelson

     Autumn: Time to go to the beach! The sun isn’t as brutal as it tends to be in the summer, and it finally has started cooling off. Our Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches are fantastic for a holiday — so many things to do and see, and don’t forget to take along your wildflower guide.

     

  •  Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Have you ever smelled something so bad it turned your eyes sideways? I have. I was a frenzied first-year veterinarian in western North Carolina with more patients than July beach tourists with sunburns when it happened.

    “Dr. Ward, quick! We’ve got an emergency!”

  •  Having sight, being sighted, has taken on new meaning for me.

    Two of my friends have been pivotal in my deepening awareness of vision’s wonder. One is a woman who has become totally blind after years of lessening sight. The other is a man who awakened one morning to the reality that he had no sight in one eye.

    Both individuals, in their differing circumstances, were challenged to accept a loss and to find in it a gift. No doubt, this was not an easy task. Nor is it one that is completed in one fell swoop.