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Today's Features

  • You might call ‘em country, but they’re also a little bit something else.

    Members of EastBound Band bear influences of the Grand Ole Opry, along with Motown and rock, enough to make even a non-country fan get up to boogie and belt out songs.

    The 2011 North Myrtle Beach House of Blues Bluesapalooza winners play the hottest spots in the region, summer or not.

  • The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    The program will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. The concert is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs for education, care and relief, and development.

  • By John Nelson

    Let’s take a look at an aquatic plant. This one is actually a minuscule fern specialized for floating, and it has tiny roots hanging into the water. The branches bear scale-like leaves. As with other ferns, no flowers or seeds are produced; the plants reproduce by spores.

    Our plant is a native species, occurring mostly in the coastal plain counties of the Southeast, and it may be found widely in eastern North America. It’s an annual, which means that the plants last only one season.

  • Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply canine experiences to explain why a feline acts a certain way. That doesn’t work. Cats are not small dogs. A good example is understanding why a cat wags its tail. For dogs, it’s a clear signal of happiness, excitement, or maybe a little nervousness. For cats, it’s an entirely different story.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy policies, most of us are experiencing an energy crisis much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror. 

    As a society, we’re stretched thin, stressed-out and drained. Stress is a top factor in many of our medical visits, and it’s reaching epidemic levels.

  • A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the area’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill “The Breakers” lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.

  • The Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is sponsoring its third annual fall online plant sale featuring a wide selection of trees, evergreens, shrubs with spectacular blooms, a diverse selection of grasses and favorites for the coastal garden.

  •  Whether you have a faithful sidekick or not, it’s time for the “lawn ranger” to get busy. During these hot times when the grass is really growing, it’s important to saddle up that lawn mower often and keep the blades sharp. This month is also the right time to fertilize Bermuda, zoysia and St. Augustine if you’re following N.C. State University’s recommendations.

  •  Fact or myth? Chicken is safe if the juices are running clear? Here’s another: Burgers are safe if all the pink is gone. Both of these are myths.

  • Edward Everett Hale is quoted as saying: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” His statement got me thinking. Too often I hear folks remarking about their singular inability to do anything about situations, both local and global. “I can’t” is the byword. It is their explanation and rationale. It is also a justification to be excused from participation and responsibility.