Today's Features

  • Editor’s note: Second in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


    I know this isn’t going to be a hard concept to sell, but here it goes: eat more nuts.

  • I’m veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, and I’d like to talk to you about an important topic today.

    A few years ago, I became very concerned about animals being left in hot cars. And so, I made a video to raise awareness. I’m happy to report the topic of leaving animals or children in hot cars during summer months has become an important one in our society.

    I’m also concerned about animals being left outside during severe cold weather. I made a video to raise awareness about just how cold it actually gets in a doghouse left outside overnight.


    By Linda Arnold


    Un-committing? I’ll admit I did a double take when I first heard this concept.


    We’re always told to make a commitment — and to stick with it. While that’s generally good advice, there are times when you need to take stock of everything on your platter and figure out what you’re really committed to in terms of completion.

  • “Good morning!” Those were the lovely words I heard as Hubby Dear came into the kitchen. Mr. Cheeriness is he whose awakened eyes are twinned with his lips, causing both to be operative simultaneously. My response, offered politely and sometimes even gently, yet lacked his exuberance. 

  • Bolognese sauce, also known as simply ragu, is a meat-based sauce that originated in Bologna, Italy. It is a slowly cooked sauce made with onion, celery and carrots, ground or chopped beef and ground pork. White wine and milk are added, along with a small amount of tomato paste or whole, cooked tomatoes. The dish is then gently simmered for hours to produce a thick, creamy sauce.

  • This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to offset a winter blood donation shortage.

    In North Carolina, 23 blood drives were forced to cancel or close early because of last week’s winter storm, causing nearly 600 donations to go uncollected.

  • Everything that brides and planners alike need for the perfect wedding will be featured at the Silver Coast Bridal Show from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the Grissettown community.

    Local wedding professionals will be on hand to help make that wedding day extra special.

    The event will feature professional caterers, photographers, officiants, bakeries, DJs, entertainment, limos, venues, event planners, florists and more.

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    (Twin Creek Plaza)

    (910) 754-4766



    2018 will mark the 37th year for Brunswick Family Assistance, which launched in 1981 as a private, nonprofit volunteer information center to aid those in need in Brunswick County.

    Like the Energizer Bunny, Shallotte-based BFA has been going ever since.

  • Editor’s note: First in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


    Your resolution is to eat heathier in 2018. How are you going to do that? I have an idea that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. This is eating the “med” way.

  • The shopping bag thudded onto the exam table.

    “These are the ones I have out on the counter. There could be a couple more I missed. I was in a hurry.”

    Good thing I had plenty of time to sort through the enormous mound of supplements, vitamins, and magic pills covering the table. OK, I’m joking about the “magic pills,” but one label promised it “works like magic.” Needless to say, I was skeptical.