Today's Features

  • ‘Tis the season to celebrate in your finest shamrock green or perhaps raise a glass of emerald-hued beer.

    An abundance of St. Patrick’s Day festivities are happily just around the River Shannon bend.

    The celebratory day paying tribute to the patron saint of Ireland kicks off with the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade starting at 9 a.m. just across the state line in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • By John Nelson

    Recent bad storms and rough weather has caused tragic loss of life as well as tremendous property damage here in the East, and considering the uncertainty of the weather, there is likely to be more of the same in the coming several weeks. I am fortunate no storms have affected my neighborhood here in Columbia, S.C. — yet. But a couple years ago, we did have a scary storm. Here’s some evidence.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated worldwide this weekend. I know many of you like to make all kinds of crazy green-dyed food on this special day. I, for one, am not that fond of green colored foods, or even blue or purple colored foods.

    Some will argue that corned beef isn’t a “traditional” Irish meal, but it was quite popular with hard-working Irish immigrants who arrived in our country with limited means and low-paying jobs. Corned beef was cheap and affordable back then. Today, cabbage with bacon is a popular dish in Ireland.

  • By Linda Arnold

    There you are, starting off your day. Grabbing a cup of coffee and thinking about your “to do” list.

    And then you get the brushoff from a coworker. What’s up with that?

    You likely start to question whether you did something to offend them. It’s only human nature.  Be careful not to dwell on this for too long, though.

  • I can remember being greatly perturbed ... well, angry actually ... as a young child when my younger sister imitated me. I wanted to be an original, one who stood out uniquely in my world. And there she was, mimicking my every move. Naturally, I voiced my complaint loudly, only to hear my mother replying, “Imitation is the highest form of praise.” Comforted little by that observation, I grew more deeply annoyed with the mirror image who was following me everywhere.

  • Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats? Will advances in artificial intelligence and robotics lead to a decrease in pet ownership? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of AI or robotic pets? I recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to find out. 

  • I frequently write about pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. I think the one people are most familiar with is Salmonella. But, what really are your chances of getting ill from salmonella in your chicken, or beef or pork?

  • Loropetalums, phlox, daffodils, crabapples, redbuds and cherries are in various stages of bloom. That must mean we’re in the main spring season in southeastern North Carolina. It’s a bit overwhelming with everything blooming at once. Sometimes I wish I could spread it out a bit.  But, it is a glorious time in the garden so get out and enjoy it.

  • The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, board president Barbara Patten said.

    Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in Brunswick County. Applications are available online beginning March 2. Go to nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 3.

  • As May approaches, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is gearing up to celebrate National Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1973.

    To honor those who strive to preserve local history, the foundation recognizes several individuals annually who have proven exemplary in their efforts to protect and promote the Lower Cape Fear’s tangible past.