Today's Features

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Emily Lauren Gore of Shallotte and David Everett Kelly III of Southport. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark W. and Gina Evans Gore of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of David Kelly II and Nancy Kelly of Southport. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Supply.

  •  Sophie Elizabeth Harton and David H. Perry III, both of Virginia Beach, Va, were married Sept. 5 during an outdoor ceremony at Rutherford County Arts Council in Forest City.

    Hannah Desmond officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Faris Herbert and Annette Nantz Harton of Wilmington.

    The groom is the son of Mary Burton Perry of Jacksonville and Dave H. Perry of Warsaw, Va.

    Bridesmaids were Marine Gillette of Wilmington, Amanda Smith of Shallotte and Kristine Meadows of Raleigh.

  •  By John Nelson

    Here’s my former student, Bill Stangler, standing next to a very tall plant we found growing in great abundance on a big sandbar along our beautiful Congaree River, not too far from Columbia. Now, Bill is the official “RiverKeeper” in Columbia: his very capable outfit does a terrific job in protecting the natural aspects of the three-river complex that dominates our urban center here in the geographic center of South Carolina.

  •  In my never-ending quest trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet, I’ve learned recipes can be adjusted to be healthier and still taste just as good, and in some cases, even better. I’ve tried, although not always successfully, to stop making and eating anything that contains excessive fats or carbs.

    I recently came across an absolutely delicious French onion and beef entre using cumin and caramelized onions, but containing a large amount of fat. How could it be made lighter?

  • For nearly 23 years, Mike Sapp has quietly served as manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium, lining up an annual concert series, special events and assorted name-drop-worthy artists like Willie Nelson.

    For all the spotlights surrounding him, Sapp has always preferred to remain behind the scenes for these ongoing stage acts regularly entertaining local audiences at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    But a special concert lined up this Sunday will be a little different.

  •  Do you remember ads proclaiming “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk?”They were always accompanied by quick snapshots of teens who were willingly braved ridicule to prevent fatality. They dared to lose a friendship before they would participate in the loss of a friend. 

  •  I’ve spent the better part of the past few weeks in ICU units, tending to my brother who is critically ill. Talk about a perspective change! Remind me never to complain again about traffic jams or lines at the grocery checkout.

    Waiting can be the hardest part, and I’ve had plenty of time to observe myself — and others — in this scenario. I know many of you are going through similar situations, so I thought I’d share some life lessons learned along the way. And it turns out they all start with Cs!


  •  In an effort to eat healthier, many people are looking for an alternative to the traditional sour cream dip for their vegetables and whole-grain crackers. One product I’m seeing more and more of is called tzatziki.

    Tzatziki is a sauce that has its origins in Greece and the Middle East. It is frequently used as the sauce on gyros, but it can also be a salad dressing, sauce for grilled meats or mild fish or a dip. What’s nice about this tzatziki is that not only is it a lower fat alternative, it also contains a vegetable as one of its key ingredients.

  •  The dog couldn’t move.

    Every concerned veterinarian’s darkest fear is to treat a patient that not only doesn’t get better, but gets worse. I was living that nightmare and it was breaking my heart.

  •  By John Nelson

    One of my pet peeves as a plant taxonomist comes up again when we look at this little plant. Its common name suggests that it is a grass, but it is not a grass. Not even close.


    Nevertheless, it looks at little bit like grass, with elongated, slender grass-like leaves, and a long stalk. Each stalk makes a seedpod-looking thing, which might resemble a grass, but the individual flowers, of course, aren’t grass-like at all.