Today's Features

  • The administration and staff of McLeod Loris Hospital host a hospital-wide birthday party for Sallie Kapps’ 99th birthday. A volunteer in the hospital gift shop for 34 years, Kapps started volunteering at the hospital soon after her retirement in 1984. Before then, she was a librarian with the Horry County, S.C., school system.

    “Good friends are the secret to a long life well lived,” Kapps said in a news release. “I’m fortunate to be able to still volunteer and help our visitors at the hospital.”

  • By Linda Arnold


    There you are again … parked in front of that home shopping channel with a pint of ice cream in one hand and your credit card in the other. Or maybe you’re recuperating from drinking too much last night — again.

    Why can’t you ever be on time? Or slay that procrastination dragon once and for all?

  • The theme for World Day of Prayer 2018 is “All God’s creation is very good.” Seven women represented seven different cultures, languages, and heritage in the South American country of Suriname, previously known as Dutch Guiana. Interestingly, seven is the biblical number for perfection. And creation, including the day of rest, is described as a seven-day event. There has to be something mystically providential in the data. At least, I think so.

  • I’ve got a beef with evolutionary anatomy: knees and shoulders. To my biomechanical eye, those joints joint seem awkwardly oriented, hastily designed and assembled from spare parts. Whatever the reason, I diagnose a lot of pets with knee and shoulder conditions. Which brings me to Molly’s trick knee.

  • Looking to keep the germs down and prevent a foodborne illness in your home? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the two things you can do that make the biggest impact are washing your hands and cleaning kitchen surfaces.

    There are two steps to having a clean and sanitary kitchen. Think of this as if brushing your teeth is the cleaning and using mouthwash is the sanitizing. Two steps. Clean first and then sanitize.

  • We’ve had a weather roller coaster ride this year with record cold in January and record warmth in February. Things have settled into a more “normal” pattern for now, but our lawns are already greening up.

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s seventh annual Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    This year’s proceeds will go to help Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, American Legion Post 543 in St. James and Southport-based Samara’s Village Inc. aiding pregnant and parenting teens and their families.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first Open Mic Poetry Reading in January was so successful the troupe has scheduled another one for 7 p.m. this Friday, March 2.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.  Sign-up begins at 7, followed by the readings at 7:30 in BLT’s main building at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    Attendance is welcome for those who just want to come and listen. The session will end when all the poets have had a turn.

  • The Roosevelt & Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation will host a “Matters of the Heart” health event from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, 114 Wall St. in Shallotte. The session is free to attend, but space is limited.

  • The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, board president Barbara Patten said.

    Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in Brunswick County. Applications are available online beginning March 2. Go to nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 3.