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Today's Features

  • It starts with star-spangled concerts and festivities in Southport, then patriotic fever quickly permeates the rest of Brunswick County.

    Fourth of July events celebrating the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already under way and continue into the long holiday weekend.

    Here’s a closer look at local events.

    NC 4th of July Festival

  • Beach music has long been a tradition in the South, and The Entertainers, who perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Ocean Isle Beach, are proud to have shared in that tradition for more than 30 years.

    The Charlotte-based band, launched in 1980, scored its first regional smash hit with “Living for the Summer” that same  year.

  •  As a veterinarian who has an interest in pet nutrition and, more specifically, pet obesity, the question I’m most often asked by cat lovers is, “What should I feed my cat?” I’d like to focus in this column not on what brand you should feed, but on what type of food is better for cats: dry or canned food?

  •  By Linda Arnold

    “People lie to protect their self image. We live in a culture where lying is quite acceptable.”

     

    We’ll never know what goes through the minds of mass murderers. As we’re left to pick up the pieces, we can only wonder what motivates such senseless acts.

    On another level, there are the fallen heroes. Lance Armstrong. Tiger Woods. Bernie Madoff. Obviously, there’s a big disconnect between the public personas and the private realities in all these cases.

  •  By John Nelson

    This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, seagulls, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  •  Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians highlighted honey as one of the “Three Healing Gestures” of cleaning the wound, applying a salve made of honey, vegetable fiber and animal fat, and bandaging the wound. Ancient Greeks extolled the importance of honey as both a topical treatment and as an edible elixir.

    So why isn’t honey used more today? Interestingly, medicinal honey is undergoing a bit of a renaissance because of some unfortunate developments.

  •  By Linda Arnold

         I just returned from an amazing retreat at the Omega Institute in upstate New York that really helped to recharge my batteries.

         It was definitely food for the soul.  I attended workshops with experts in the mind/body/spirit arena, spent time in nature, practiced yoga and meditation and treated myself to some soothing massages. Just what the doctor ordered!

     

    Doing the work   

  •  By John Nelson

    It has gotten really hot this week … suddenly. Fortunately, yesterday afternoon we had a tremendous thunderstorm that dropped plenty of water on the garden, filled up my rain barrel and cooled everything off considerably. Wonderful! But it’s not even summer yet, technically. I guess we have some cooling thunderstorms to look forward to.

  •  I bet there will be lots of burgers cooked over the upcoming long holiday weekend. On the upside, grilling burgers is a great way to spend time with family and friends. On the downside, grilling burgers can also lead to vomiting, diarrhea and all the other health effects associated with foodborne illness.

  •  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent,

    Brunswick County

     

    I always admire folks who, year after year, continue to grow tomatoes successfully in our region. In fact, I am downright jealous. So far this season, growing conditions for tomatoes had been ideal. May was one of the coolest months in recent history and we had just about the ideal amount of rainfall. Enter June. A recent heat wave, followed by dry weather, and then followed by heavy rains means once again, those brave souls growing tomatoes may not get that bumper crop this season.