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Today's Features

  • Glorify the freedom, laud the liberty, enjoy the independence.

    Patriotism prevails as Americans celebrate the country’s 241st birthday with an array of events planned in coming days, starting with the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in Southport and concluding with fireworks over the Calabash River.

    Here’s a closer look at area events.

    N.C. Fourth of July Festival

  • For thousands of dog owners, July 4 is the scariest holiday of the year. Pet parents with dogs afraid of loud noises dread the firecrackers and fireworks that paralyze their pooch with fear. A new drug recently approved by the FDA hopes to ease some of these sound anxieties with a unique gel medication. Before we reveal this breaking advancement, let’s review noise phobia in dogs.

  • Monthly meetings

    Post meetings 7 p.m. third Wednesdays

    Ladies auxiliary 9:30 a.m. first Tuesdays

    Sons of the American Legion 7 p.m. first Wednesdays

    Legion Riders 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays

    House committee 5 p.m. first Mondays

    Governing board 4 p.m. second Thursdays

    American Legion Post Nocha White Post 503 launched in 1993 in Calabash.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    "Just look at her — not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money.”

    Go ahead, admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you, or those on television or online.

    Looks can be deceiving

    In these challenging times it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think they lead a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    "Just look at her — not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money.”

    Go ahead, admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you, or those on television or online.

    Looks can be deceiving

    In these challenging times it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think they lead a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • The Fourth of July is around the corner. Celebrations galore will mark the day. Interestingly, a recent TIME magazine featured an article about the birth of America’s flag obsession.

  • Everyone becomes a grilling expert on the Fourth of July and we all enjoy endless varieties of hamburgers cooked on the grill.

    You’ll know when a hamburger is done right: smoky, char-grilled outside and juicy on the inside. Just stack it between a toasty bun and covered with your favorite condiments. That’s what a burger is all about!

  • Dr. Ben Chapman, our food safety specialist at N.C. State, says cookbooks give readers (mostly) bad advice on food safety.

    I agree with Dr. Chapman when he says cookbooks and online recipes could be a much better source of food safety information. Putting the appropriate information, like cooking temperatures, cross contamination risks or storage times, right into a recipe would provide the cooks the info right when they need it.

  • Whether you call it “pomme d’amour,” “pomodoro ,” “love apple” or just “tomato,” growing this vegetable that’s actually a fruit is a challenge in southeastern North Carolina. The plant clinic at the Arboretum on Oleander Drive in Wilmington is always full of tomato troubles this time of year: bacterial wilt, tomato spotted wilt virus, root-knot nematodes, early blight, late blight, ... the list goes on.