Today's Features

  •  Air Force Airman 1st Class Willie O. Randolph III, son of Judith G. Randolph and Willie O. Randolph Jr. of Bolivia, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Randolph completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Come and meet the puppeteer behind the Pharrell puppet in Missy Elliott’s hit music video, “Where They From.”

    Fresh off his experience on “America’s Got Talent,” puppeteer Jeghetto is bring his unique show to Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road at noon Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    It’s a show that’s not just for kids, library branch manager Christi Iffergan said.

  • SOUTHPORT — Those interested in a different kind of day trip need look no further than the ferries in this historic waterfront town.

    Visitors with vehicles can drive on board the Fort Fisher Ferry, regularly departing throughout the day to cross the the Cape Fear River from the Southport terminal at 1650 Ferry Road.

    The Bald Head Island ferry carries passengers only (no cars) to the lush 12,000-acre Brunswick County island, where bicycles and golf carts are the only means of transportation.


    Southport-Fort Fisher ferries

  • Blending funk, soul, blues and Carolina beach music, The Holiday Band provides a festive audio backdrop year-round.

    The band’s been playing since 1991 when it launched in Burlington, playing 175-plus dates annually.



    The heat and humidity may slow us and some of our plants down, but those very successful plants we call weeds continue to do very well.

  •  Food preservation guidelines have changed through time. Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, state specialist with the North Dakota Cooperative Extension, developed this quiz to test your knowledge of current food preservation recommendations.

    Are these statements myths or facts?

    1. Old church cookbooks have great canning recipes you will want to use.

    2. As long as you boil the jars of canned vegetables long enough, you will have a safe end product.

  •  Congratulations! You’ve added another puppy, kitten or adult pet to your existing family. Besides acclimating your new pet to its new home, learning a different schedule, and merging unique pet personalities, an often overlooked aspect of welcoming a furry friend is teaching mealtime manners and making healthy food choices. Here my top two food rules for new pets:


    Preventing food bowl bullies and teaching your new pet to eat with good manners



    The year 2011 was monumental for me. It touched, but never exceeded the proportions of love recalled and recounted in a book that brought Hubby Dear to tears. Each page of each chapter conveyed details that brought hearts tattooed with love and compassion into clear vision. More than that, they evoked imitation.

  •  By Linda Arnold


    Michael Phelps. Serena Williams.  Bill Gates.


    Now that Olympic season is here, those who are at the top of their games are in the spotlight.  And, whether it’s swimming, tennis or business, there are constant reminders all around us.


    While these role models can serve to motivate you, they can also have the effect of negative comparisons if you’re not careful.