Today's Features

  • Bobby and Crystal Dameron of Leland are the proud parents of a daughter, Addyson Pearl Dameron, born at 5:09 p.m. Nov. 21, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length.
    She joins a sister, Ayden, 4.
    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Teresa Tindal of Shallotte.
    Paternal grandparent is Mona Dameron of Bolivia.
    Great-grandparent is Mary Lewis of Shallotte.

  • I am always amazed at the serendipitous happenings of life. I guess it is better said they happen in life and with it. Typically, my day begins with some quiet time. It’s spent with prayer, either at my computer or with reading material or enticed by a word or two from Hubby Dear. This day was no exception. In the midst of silence, ideas emerged, memories were recalled.

  • Do any of you have any special foods that you eat on New Year’s Day to bring good luck? We always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. I don’t exactly know why. This is just a tradition passed down from generation to generation. Pork and sauerkraut is always the first meal of the year. It’s supposed to bring good luck throughout the year. Again, I have no idea why.

  • Imagine caring for 6 to 8 million dogs and cats each year. Now, picture having to euthanize half those animals every year for little or no pay. That’s the job our heroic animal shelter and rescue personnel and volunteers perform each year. For them, I am eternally grateful.

  • By John Nelson
    Plant Columnist

    For the Christmas holidays we can have an easy mystery plant. Don’t you think? I think it will be easy, but before we go there, I have a question.
    It’s about that fluffy stuff that they put in the bottom of Easter baskets, or in the bottoms of fruit baskets or boxes that you order to be delivered. What is that stuff called? “Shredded paper filler?” Too technical for the holidays. “Excelsior?” Too hard to pronounce. Maybe we can come up with a name for it.

  • On Jan. 10, the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Coastal Gallery presents the grand opening and reception of “The Marsh” — a collection of acrylic and oil paintings by local artist Sharon Bowling.

    These paintings capture the subtle beauty of the marsh, from the bright greens of spring and summer to the deep yellows and reds of fall and winter.

    A “meet the artist” reception with Bowling is from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery will host a mini-workshop in experimental painting by Wilmington artist MJ Cunningham on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The class tackles the problem of “getting started” while working with acrylics on non-objective painting. Students should come away with some well-defined steps for producing experimental art and a basic knowledge of how to use the principles of art in a new and effective way.

    To sign up for the class, email Jan Boland at jboland1@ec.rr.com or call (910) 253-3101.

  • Tickets are still available for the upcoming concert of blues legend B.B. King, who is scheduled to perform Saturday night, Jan. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Tickets are priced at $59.50 for balcony/mezzanine and $69.50 for orchestra seating. For more information, call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416.

  • My eyes dart to view billboards, church signs, and magazine ads. They are often intriguing and evoke alternative thinking. When my neighbor arrived with a lovely bunch of Time magazines, I was in heaven. Ads galore would delight my roving mind. At least, that was my hope. I was not disappointed.

  • Entertaining for the holidays? Make that gathering a little more festive and special by extending the holiday spirit to the drinks and refreshments you offer your guests.
    An age-old winter custom is the drinking of wassail, which is drunk at Christmas time, New Years and the Twelfth Night. Wassail is a greeting, meaning “Be in good health!”