Today's Features

  •  Members of Shallotte High School class of 1957 meet Sept. 11 at Sunnyside School in Shallotte to celebrate the 58th anniversary of their graduation. Also attending with class members were Coach Bill Baker and teachers Flo Baker and Faye Bellamy.

  •  Marie and Robert Gaudette, residents of Arbor Landing in Shallotte, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 7.

  •  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) hosted its Space Flight Awareness Award Program in New Orleans on Aug. 12 when it honored Tania Butler Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Butler of Shallotte. Davis, a senior procurement analyst in NASA’s office of procurement office, was recognized for her contribution to the agency’s mission as the lead procurement analyst for Johnson Space Center.

  •  Last week, I shared five of my top 10 doggie dental questions. This week, let’s look at the rest of the most common queries I get concerning a dog’s oral cavity.

    6) Do small or large dogs have more problems with their teeth?

  •  Well, what is it? A kitchen sponge or a dishcloth? I personally like cloths, but I know many people favor sponges.

    Sponges are great for wiping up spills and absorbing liquid and some have a scrubby side that helps clean grime from pots and pans and dishes. But, they also absorb harmful foodborne pathogens along the way. There have been some scientific studies showing the kitchen sponge or dishrag is the germiest thing in most homes and, if not cleaned between uses, can be a prime spot for germ growth.

  • By Linda Arnold 

    Would you be surprised to learn only 7 percent of your communication comes from the words you speak?

    The other 93 percent is picked up by the tone of your voice, your eye contact and whether your arms are crossed, not to mention your handshake, the tilt of your head or those hands on your hips.

    According to author and management consultant Peter Drucker, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”


    Poker face


    What: The Malpass Brothers

    When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students; $10 ages 12 and younger

    Info: bccowa.com or call the box office, 755-7416

    In the hip, high-tech 21st century, they’re a rarity, a throwback to the mid-century years of early Elvis, Johnny C., Merle and Marty and the boys.

  •  I belong to a wondrous group of women who gather monthly for conversation. We describe the meeting as a book club, but it is so much more than that. Our sharing starts with comments on the designated reading, typically only one chapter at each gathering. It rarely remains there. Quickly, the chosen topics evolve into our personal life stories and wisdom emerges. Laughter fills the room. Shared sorrow is accompanied by servings of joy. Age differences melt in the heat of life’s commonality. We are one and it is lovely.

  • By John Nelson

     “If I was on some foggy mountain top,

    I’d sail away to the West …” (Traditional bluegrass lyrics)

  •  September is National Rice Month and the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the North Carolina Rice Festival this coming weekend, Sept. 19-20, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road in Belville.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee is $5 per adult and children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. There is free parking across the street at Belville Elementary School.