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Today's Features

  •   Morris and Hilda Hall of Shallotte celebrate their 60th anniversary Feb. 4, 2016, at Lover’s Leap in Virginia. The Halls, both originally from Virginia, have two daughters and four granddaughters, and can be seen every Monday and Wednesday morning at Hardees in Supply “dancing up and down the aisles to country music.”

  •   Morris and Hilda Hall of Shallotte celebrate their 60th anniversary Feb. 4, 2016, at Lover’s Leap in Virginia. The Halls, both originally from Virginia, have two daughters and four granddaughters, and can be seen every Monday and Wednesday morning at Hardees in Supply “dancing up and down the aisles to country music.”

  • ‘Tis the season of love — with Valentine hearts and flowers and chocolate and wine and serenading and hugs and fishes, too.

    Those are just some of the things out there to cherish and cheer loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

    Let us count just some of the myriad ways to celebrate.

    Winery

    Silver Coast Winery is once again staging a sweet Wine & Chocolate Pairing this Valentine’s weekend, which is perfect, winery officials say, for celebrating with your sweetie or Singles Awareness Day with friends.

  •  How many times have you heard someone say, “There is nothing to eat in this house?” But the refrigerator is full. Perhaps they’re really thinking that there is nothing that’s easy to prepare. I’d like to also add to that easy to prepare — and healthy.

  •  A reader recently wrote me about her beloved Dachshund who became tragically paralyzed. She asked for more information on spinal injuries in dogs. Here are five fast facts every dog owner should know about back injuries.  

     

    What does it mean for a spinal disc to rupture?

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    I must be getting old faster than I think. Time escapes my grasp and causes me to gasp both with delicious delight and haunting horror. I may as well be singing along with Tevye and Goldie: “Sunrise, Sunset … swiftly flow the days!” No matter … the trees have long departed. The ornaments are stowed. Santa is hibernating. The parties have lessened. Gratefully, the ashes of memory persist.

  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  •  By John Nelson

    Before the onslaught of Western culture in the Southeast, there existed stunning forests of a particular pine, a pine that towered well more than 100 feet high, with trunks seven feet in diameter, true Southern giants. Try as you might now, you will not happen upon such a scene now: groves of these, thick within the Sandhills, as far as the eye can see.

  •  Many of our comfort foods once considered “ethnic” have actually become mainstream and are now accepted as American fare. Some of my favorite ethnic comfort foods are lox and bagels, matzah ball soup, Polish dill pickle soup and Hungarian beef goulash.

    Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated and easy to prepare.

    Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security or as a special reward. Most of us adults eat comfort food for a sense of continuity.