Today's Features



    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.


  •  PE-can vs. pe-CON … that age-old pronunciation issue just won’t seem to go away.

    I’m an adherent to the former pronunciation, although there are those in my family who like it the other way, which is OK. (After all, there are more important and divisive issues — like how to eat grits.)

  •  When it’s hot outside and you’re entertaining guests, or just hanging around with your better half, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and spend more time in a roasting kitchen than you have to.

    While your outside grill is occupied with the main course, you can have some make-ahead appetizers ready to go. Just pull these special dishes out of the fridge and serve cold or warmed slightly. And don’t forget to have plenty of cool beverages on hand during these hot, summer days of August.


  •  A new University of North Carolina Tar Heel Alumni Club is forming in Little River, S.C.

    The organizational meeting for the new Coastal Tar Heel Carolina Club will be Aug. 25 at Julian’s Sports Bar, 2551 U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., just inside the South Carolina border. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

    New members can join a committee to help organize events and activities that connect local Tar Heels with each other and back to the university.

  • Brunswick County has long savored its homegrown tomatoes.

    It was just a matter of time before MaterFest came to be.

    The first local festival celebrating the delectable red fruit/culinary vegetable of summer is thus scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this coming Saturday, Aug. 6, in Shallotte’s new Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street.

  • Kernersville-based Legacy Motown Revue launched on the Fourth of July, 2010, to the delight of Motown-loving audiences everywhere, including the summer concert one coming up this Friday night, Aug. 5, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Since touring with Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters as music director and pianist, Revue bandleader Stan Stigall had dreamed of starting a tribute to the legendary groups he grew up listening to.