Today's Features

  • UPDATE: Because of the weekend's deluge of heavy rain and possible flooding, the seasonal opening the haunted trail had been postponed until Oct. 9-10.

    GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your average kiddie-kindergarten Casper the Friendly Ghost trail. This is the real deal. Only the older and braver dare enter.

    Every year, the award-winning Station 31 Haunted Trailed hosted by Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue gets better and scarier, with thousands of people stopping by to brave it.

  • UPDATE: Due to the weekend's rain, many of the Saturday events have been postponed.

    It’s the season for autumnal goings-on. Following is a roundup of what’s in store in coming days.Get set for Sunset at Sunset on Saturday

    Vendors and music will once again collide when the ninth annual Sunset at Sunset celebrates the fall season in Sunset Beach in the Village at Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

  •  I’ve spent the better part of the past few weeks in ICU units, tending to my brother who is critically ill. Talk about a perspective change! Remind me never to complain again about traffic jams or lines at the grocery checkout.

    Waiting can be the hardest part, and I’ve had plenty of time to observe myself — and others — in this scenario. I know many of you are going through similar situations, so I thought I’d share some life lessons learned along the way. And it turns out they all start with Cs!


  •  In an effort to eat healthier, many people are looking for an alternative to the traditional sour cream dip for their vegetables and whole-grain crackers. One product I’m seeing more and more of is called tzatziki.

    Tzatziki is a sauce that has its origins in Greece and the Middle East. It is frequently used as the sauce on gyros, but it can also be a salad dressing, sauce for grilled meats or mild fish or a dip. What’s nice about this tzatziki is that not only is it a lower fat alternative, it also contains a vegetable as one of its key ingredients.

  •  The dog couldn’t move.

    Every concerned veterinarian’s darkest fear is to treat a patient that not only doesn’t get better, but gets worse. I was living that nightmare and it was breaking my heart.

  •  By John Nelson

    One of my pet peeves as a plant taxonomist comes up again when we look at this little plant. Its common name suggests that it is a grass, but it is not a grass. Not even close.


    Nevertheless, it looks at little bit like grass, with elongated, slender grass-like leaves, and a long stalk. Each stalk makes a seedpod-looking thing, which might resemble a grass, but the individual flowers, of course, aren’t grass-like at all.

  •  Do you remember ads proclaiming “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk?”They were always accompanied by quick snapshots of teens who were willingly braved ridicule to prevent fatality. They dared to lose a friendship before they would participate in the loss of a friend. 



    It seems everyone these days is trying to balance meals with low-carb, high protein foods, yet low-fat at the same time. What about whitefish? It’s lower in fat than any other source of animal protein.

    Tilapia is a mild, tender, white-flesh fish that cooks up in minutes. Because of its lack of fishy flavor and low price, it has become the most popular farmed fish in the U.S.

  •  Justin and Christina Fulford of Bolivia are the proud parents of a daughter, Alana Grace Fulford, born at 8:07 a.m. Sept. 20 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length. She joins a sister, Sofia Marie, 22 months.

  •  Aram J. Noorigian, son of Leon and Mary Noorigian of Carolina Shores, will officially retire from the federal government as a chief in the Coast Guard Reserve on Oct. 1.

    He joined the Navy when he was 18, then joined the Seabees and finally the Coast Guard.