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Today's Features

  •  The roller coaster ride that is the weather in southeastern North Carolina has certainly had its gigantic swings and loop-de-loops this year. We’ve had April in February and January in March. But, even as we’ve flirted with records on both ends of the spectrum, Mr. Toad’s wild ride of weather isn’t unusual.

  •  Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?

     

    Normal cat urine

  • By day he’s a paramedic and firefighter for the Leland Fire Department.

    But this Friday night, March 24, Mike Santo dons his funny-guy shtick for the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s Comedy Show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by show time at 7:45 in the Leland Room at Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.

    Described as a night of clean fun with lots of laughter, proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit children’s needs in the Leland area.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven’t seen for years. I’ll call her “Marci.”

    The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns — and went back to earlier periods in her life.

    Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children — and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.

  • Ash native Jervie Babson has left his mark.

    Two years ago, the Winnabow resident started a tradition with the launch of the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that proceeded more than 30 miles down U.S. 17 to pay tribute to local law enforcement.

    Last July, Babson died at 84, but his tradition lives on.

  •  By John Nelson

    Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.

  • Want to see a different view of Leland, on the water?

    Then Sea Leland, two upcoming water tours of the Wilmington downtown riverfront set for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, may just be the ticket.

    The tours will be along the Brunswick River, described as the backyard of the town of Leland in northern Brunswick County.

  • Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.

    Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms      

    Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams

    Info: Go to calabashelks.org

    In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.

    Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.

  • Silver Coast Winery is seeking teams for Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s upcoming “BBQ on BBQ Road” barbecue cook-off competition scheduled for May 12 and 13 at the winery on Barbeque Road.

    The event will kick off with Friday night set-up and a judged wing competition from 6 to 8 p.m. The fire department will also be selling wings.

  • “Face to Face,” a musical tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, descends on the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College as the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Subscription Series show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    For two hours, the audience will be treated to the music of “Elton,” aka Greg Ransom, and “Billy,” vocalist Mike O’Brien, doing what they do best in the popular genre of the superstar pianists/performers.