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Today's Features

  • The Catalinas began in 1957 and is still one of the most popular bands in the southeastern United States.

    Known for their quality tight sound and onstage energy, the longtime Statesville-based band is one of the in-demand groups for city festivals and private parties, always playing a variety of music to suit all ages.

    Though known for beach music, regionally and nationally for the mega hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me,” they play all styles.

  • “I’d like to get another pet; I’m just not sure Brownie would accept one.”

    I had just advised Brownie’s owner to consider adopting a new puppy. Brownie was 13 years young, had gained a few excess pounds and, in my opinion, was beginning to lose a little of the spark in her bark. I was trying to reignite that furry fireball I’d treated for many years.

  •  By Linda Arnold

           In nine years of writing this column, this is only the second time my standard publication date has fallen on this date.

  •  By John Nelson

    I wish I had time to go back to Germany, and maybe spend some time in Bavaria. I’ve spent some time there, in and around Munich, which is one of the most charming cities you can visit in Europe. It’s a fairly large town, but real easy to get around in, and there’s a lot to see and do. Of course, plenty of people like to go to Oktoberfest, which is great, boisterous fun, with huge crowds. (This year it goes from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.)

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

         With summer in full swing, you’re likely planning some sort of vacation or timeout. Maybe it’s a traditional trip — or a change-of-pace staycation.

         I’m always intrigued by the different ways folks use their leisure time. How ‘bout you? Do you like to be on the go, exploring new places? Or would you rather curl up with a good book in the hammock?

  •  by John Nelson

    “Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William Stanley,

    Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither

    Into this chiefest thicket of the park.”Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 3 (Act 4, Scene 5)

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

     “Life as we knew it Thursday doesn’t exist.”

    Major disasters, like those in the past couple of weeks, can definitely jolt us.

    The devastating floods in West Virginia, shooting in Orlando, Fla., or major wildfires in California.

    Loss of lives, homes and businesses.

    Bill Bell of Rainelle, W.Va., summed it all up with the quote above: life before the “storm of the century” — and life after.

  •  By John Nelson

    Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top,

    Dirt's too rocky by far.

    That's why all the folks on Rocky Top

    Get their corn from a jar.

    — “Rocky Top,” lyrics by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

     

  •  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.