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Today's Features

  • SOUTHPORT — Adventurers interested in a different kind of day trip need look no further than the ferries in this historic waterfront town.

    Visitors with vehicles can drive on board the Fort Fisher Ferry, departing regularly throughout the day to cross the Cape Fear River from the Southport terminal at 1650 Ferry Road.

    The Bald Head Island ferry carries passengers to the lush 12,000-acre Brunswick County island, where bicycles and golf carts are the only means of transportation.

     

    Southport-Fort Fisher ferries

  • Since its inception, The Tim Clark Band has been wowing audiences wherever it goes.

    It’s expected the band will do the same when it performs at the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street. (For more details, go to www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com.)

  • Summer concert stages will warm up in coming days as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at two locales.

    The renowned beach music entities will perform in tandem at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  •  About this column

    “Live Life Fully” is a new syndicated column by Linda Arnold making its debut today in the Beacon. The column examines everyday challenges and offers practical suggestions, interspersed with humor, drawing from the author’s experience in the fields of psychology, business, health and wellness.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    You know the feeling. That nagging voice that asks over and over again.

    Maybe it’s that small voice inside — or maybe it’s coming from a colleague, friend, family member or the media.

    We’re so busy with our lives — juggling all the balls — that we often don’t hear that inner spirit, imploring us to follow our passion and fulfill our purpose in life.

    Huh? Who’s got time to focus on stuff like that?

    The big question

  •   When I graduated from veterinary school 23 years ago, we were taught felines had the most efficient musculoskeletal system of any land mammal on the planet. Because cats were so well designed and adapted, they incurred very few injuries or diseases involving their joints and bones. Osteoarthritis, the most common cause of joint pain in animals, was something only rarely diagnosed in cats, if ever. Turns out we were wrong.

  •  By John Nelson

    Flowers, of course, come in quite an assortment of sizes. The smallest flowers of any plant you are likely to see probably belong to the tiny, floating duckweeds. And the largest, at least in North America, must surely belong to various species of Magnolia. But what wildflower has the biggest bloom? Could it be this one?

  •  “But Rebel was fine. Why should I give him the pills once he’s better? I don’t understand why he’s sick again.”

    If I’ve heard that excuse once, I’ve heard it a thousand times during the past 21 years of veterinary practice. And I still don’t get it.

    Don’t get me wrong; I don’t believe my clients mean any harm. I understand that administering a pet pills and potions can be challenging at times. The sooner you can stop, the better for everyone. But don’t stop before you’re supposed to.

  • Since its 2011 debut in the rural reaches of Brunswick County, Greenlands Farm has cultivated a sense of community in addition to country commerce.

    The latest seasonal, creative endeavor of the Bolivia-based farm and store is coming up the first day of August this Saturday as the Half Hell Folk Music Festival and “tap takeover” unfold from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the family-owned farm at 668 Midway Road.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Caroline Cooper Holland and Taylor Jaye King, both of Raleigh. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Milinda Holland of Ocean Isle Beach and Susie Holland of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Russell King of Mills River and Dianne King of Flat Rock. A Jan. 30, 2016, wedding is planned at The Chapel at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh.