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Today's Features

  • It’s been a long, hard winter. Blame is placed global warming with its concomitant climate change, even on God. We’ve ached with the cold, worried over the flooding, anguished over the unusual warmth in places where cold is expected, and generally waited with more than bated breath for springtime to come — and stay. March teases us. April periodically delights, but May is the month of promise.

  • We seem to gravitate toward potatoes whenever planning our meals. Hash browns for breakfast, French fries for lunch and mashed potatoes for dinner. We may change it around a bit and make some potato pancakes, scalloped potatoes, fried potatoes, potato salad or potatoes au gratin.

    Do we see a trend here? Creamy grits are a perfect substitute for potatoes at any meal — breakfast, lunch or dinner. When planning your next meal, why not consider some creamy grits? Or better yet, make some cheesy creamy grits.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    This past Sunday marked my eighth Mother’s Day without my mother, and it’s always a time of reflection.

    Sometimes it seems longer than eight years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

  • Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk.

    What he and his handler couldn’t anticipate was a packet of drugs dumped by a fleeing suspect that would ultimately lead to Viper’s death. During the chaos of the July 2011 chase near my North Carolina practice, Viper most likely bit into the scent-covered bag of high-potency drugs, ingesting a lethal dosage.

  • Wear your flip-flops and have a ball while helping community health at the same time.

    That’s what Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s sixth annual Flip Flop Ball is all about.

    Festivities launch at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, with cocktails at 101 Stone Chimney Place at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Dinner is served at 7:45 p.m.

    Tickets for the Flip Flop Ball are $100 and include island cuisine and dancing. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

  • It’s that time of year again — free Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies time, that is.

    The season already kicked off with a concert and movie in April and early May in Leland.

    More is in store in coming weeks and months in seven other Brunswick County towns.

  • The weekend after Mother’s Day means only one thing in Little River, S.C.: It’s time once again for the Blue Crab Festival.

    This year’s annual two-day festival unfolds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, on the Little River Waterfront.

    What began in 1981 as a small waterfront gathering, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival has grown into a premier event that draws visitors from all over the country and even overseas.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre invites you to jumpstart your summer with a concert by The Back Porch Rockers, a rock and roll band that performs music from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

    The concert will be held on theater grounds at 8068 River Road in Southport for a fair-like evening with food and drink for purchase provided by Vanida Sisters of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Tickets are available at the theater the day of the event, $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. The rain date is Sunday, May 28, at the same time.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Here’s flowers for you;

     

      Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram…”

                            A Winter’s Tale, act 4, scene 4

     

    Shakespeare was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family. I think it’s my favorite family, too.