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Today's Features

  •  Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies” would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s for the birds. 

    Just like the Clampetts with their cement pond, birds like and need water for drinking and bathing. 

  •  Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Zackiryea V. Alcorn, son of Jana and Ronald Alcorn of Southport and brother of Gabrielle Alcorn, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Alcorn 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.

  •  I’m not just being dramatic when I say home canning may be deadly. A scary example of this happened last year. There were two deaths in Ohio linked to home-canned foods. These were potatoes processed using the wrong method and then served in potato salad at a potluck dinner. One woman died shortly after the dinner from the effects of botulism. Another woman died later in the year of complications of the foodborne illness. Please don’t take risks by not following tested and researched recipes and procedures.

  • Get out your dancing duds and let’s go to the hop.

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. is having a summer Sock Hop from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band is providing dance music for the event to shake, rattle and roll the night away.

    Classic cars and poodle skirts are optional. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

  •  As a long-time Cleveland sports fan and native Clevelander, Drew Cary used to belt out “Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks!” during the many commercials for sports events featuring the Cavs, Indians and Browns.

    With the Cavs recent NBA championship run, the 52-year drought of no championships has finally ended. Maybe the Indians will follow up this season. The Browns?

  • Beach music has long been a tradition in the South, and The Entertainers, who perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Ocean Isle Beach, are proud to have shared in that tradition for more than 30 years.

    The Charlotte-based band, launched in 1980, scored its first regional smash hit with “Living for the Summer” that same  year.

  • It starts with star-spangled concerts and festivities in Southport, then patriotic fever quickly permeates the rest of Brunswick County.

    Fourth of July events celebrating the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already under way and continue into the long holiday weekend.

    Here’s a closer look at local events.

    NC 4th of July Festival

    The celebrating at America’s oldest Fourth of July festival in Southport continues this week with a long schedule of activities.

  •  I bet there will be lots of burgers cooked over the upcoming long holiday weekend. On the upside, grilling burgers is a great way to spend time with family and friends. On the downside, grilling burgers can also lead to vomiting, diarrhea and all the other health effects associated with foodborne illness.

  •  By John Nelson

    This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, seagulls, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.