Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

    “Are you ready for the holidays?” How many times have you heard this in recent weeks? “Ready” is relative, isn’t it? In most cases, it refers to the endless “to do” list of decorations, presents, cards, baking, the holiday programs at school and church, travel plans, entertaining, etc.

  • By Sam Marshall


    There may be no other tree that is more quintessentially Southern as the magnolia. Robust white flowers in the middle of summer and the glossy, deep green leaves seem to breathe life into those long, humid dog days of summer. These days, however, gardeners have many choices when it comes to magnolia selections, so even if you are not a fan of the traditional landscape, there are some excellent magnolia choices that will perform beautifully and with little maintenance in our coastal environment.

  • Numbers make the news! In every form of media, numbers define comedy or tragedy, fantasy or reality. Crowds fascinate us. The count of attendees marks success or failure. Grades denote intelligence. It’s all around us, infecting and affecting our perceptions. We say one person can make a difference, yet we take notice of hundreds or thousands, few or many. True, we say “the more, the merrier” as we greet unexpected guests. In the welcome, do we do intend another meaning: “the fewer, the sadder.”

  • The holiday season brings family and friends together like no other time of the year. Traditional Christmas dinners will be served along with many delectable appetizers.

  • Air Force Airman Kevin M. Powers, son of Mark and Jill Powers of Calabash and brother of Kyle Powers, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Powers 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.

  • Holidays coming … and that means lots of tasty things to eat and drink. Time for cooks to start strutting their stuff in the kitchen. Of course, about the only thing that I know how to cook, though, is instant oatmeal in the microwave. I’ll leave holiday cooking to the experts.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Does it seem that everywhere you look you see images of happiness and glee, along with anticipation of close family gatherings and chestnuts roasting on an open fire?

    You’re not exactly feeling it, though, and you don’t know why. Holidays can do that to us. Internally, there are huge emotional triggers. And, externally, it’s hard to sustain that level of heartfelt awe in the Folgers coffee commercials or Hallmark movies.

  • It’s Advent. Actually, we are already nearing the third week of Advent and past the midway point. Many Christian denominations set aside this month of Sundays as time and opportunity for probing questions to arise and emerge. There is a sense of expectancy suffusing this season. Jingling bells and jangling nerves cannot deny, define or describe it. Unfortunately, they can serve to diffuse it and offer distractions. 

  • Whether entertaining friends at home or just making a meal for two or three, it’s always important to know which wine to serve with which food. Even if you prefer red wine or maybe a dry white wine, sometimes it’s best to choose a wine with the same characteristics as your entrée.

  • Chloe was a beautiful, if occasionally blundering, bulldog puppy. Her only issue was she was growing too fast. Her pet parents plied her with an endless supply of “training treats,” leading to excess weight gain.