Today's Features

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: SBI Rotary Club Chilled & Grilled Food and Wine Celebration

    When: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

    Where: Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $5 at door, plus additional amount for food tickets

    Get ready to get chilled and grilled next Wednesday night.

  • SHALLOTTE            — Mayor Walt Eccard told the town board of aldermen about his two recent trips to Raleigh to meet with legislators about a proposed sales tax redistribution that would adversely affect Shallotte and Brunswick County.

    During the board’s regular meeting Sept. 1, Eccard said he was accompanied by alderman Gene Vasile on the first trip and planning board member Steve DeRose and economic development committee member (now chairman) Ron Johnson on the second trip.

  •  Perhaps it is the aging process that has engaged my heart. The reality of having celebrated a recent birthday that reminded me how close I am to the onset of another decade of life, God willing, may well have been another catalyst to my contemplation of presence and absence. It may have triggered my meditation on the power of NOW. Whatever the cause, the effect is lingering.

  •  When things happen in your life, do you react by creating a story in your head about those events?

    You may not realize it. Like most of us, though, you probably do this automatically. And everything takes off from there. Ask me how I know. 


    What’s your story?

  •  Yikes! Have you seen the price of eggs lately? A couple of weeks ago I noticed they were close to $3 a dozen. This increase can be traced back to an avian influenza (some call it the bird flu) that lead to the death of about 50 million chicken and turkeys in the Midwest earlier this year. There are fewer chickens in the U.S. laying eggs, making the supply of eggs a little tighter. The egg industry says wholesale egg prices have already started to moderate and come down. I noticed this week the prices did seem to drop a little. That’s good news.

  •  Dogs are remarkable creatures. From the tip of their cold noses to the ends of their wagging tails, canine anatomy is as beautiful and graceful as it is unique and fascinating. The mouth, teeth and skull of dogs are incredibly well adapted to meet the needs of one of nature’s most perfectly designed scavengers. The oral cavity of the dog is also the source of many myths and misunderstandings that lead to some potentially serious problems.

    Here are some of the most common, interesting and important dental questions I’m regularly asked in my practice:

  •  By John Nelson

    Tall, stately and beautiful — three adjectives that describe this week’s mystery plant.

  •  While at the supermarket the other day, I came across my favorite soda of choice, Coke, which was on sale if I bought four 12-packs of cans. But as I checked out the choices, I encountered vanilla Coke, black cherry vanilla Coke, Coke Zero, Coke cherry Zero, diet Coke, caffeine-free Coke, caffeine-free diet Coke, diet Coke with lime and diet Coke with Splenda. Where was my just plain regular Coke?

  •  “It’s your decision.” Few words can bring about such power and such fear.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully. Then I learned it’s often better to get into action than to ponder things too long.

    While it’s good to consider options, it’s also wise to make decisions more quickly and move on. Whether it’s right or wrong, at least I’m in motion. If not, inertia can set in. I like to opt for “ertia,” the informal opposite of inertia.


  •  A reader recently asked if dogs can become depressed, develop mental illness, and if “doggie psychologists” were for real. For those of you looking for the short answers: 1) Yes, but maybe not exactly like you’re thinking; 2) Absolutely; and 3) Yes, with an enormous caveat. If you’d like a little more thorough explanation, read on pet lovers.