Today's Features

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.

    He delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech Aug. 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    He was assassinated at 39 while rallying on behalf of black workers on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

    During the month of what would have been his 87th birthday, area events will once again celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is officially observed this year Monday, Jan. 18.

  • The next best thing to the Bee Gees is a Bee Gees tribute.

    That’s just what’s happening on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, where “Night Fever: An Evening of the Bee Gees,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

  • Wine from France, Italy, Spain, and Argentina and food from one of the finest restaurants in the area will highlight an evening to help further the cause of literacy.

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council is hosting a Wine and Dine experience at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at La Cucina Italian Grill at 1780 Chandlers Lane, No. 11, in Sunset Beach.

  •  This second week in January is Diet Resolution Week. Yes, I’m still on this topic of New Year’s resolutions. I guess the thought is if you’re still thinking about resolutions this week, you’re really serious about it!

    If your resolution was to lose weight, how are you doing? There’s still time to regroup or perhaps re-goal your resolution. Instead of a lofty goal like losing 30 pounds by the class reunion in March or 50 pounds by next Christmas, why not set your goal at just 10 percent of your current weight?

  •  A new scientific study published in Nature concludes dogs will share treats with other dogs, even if it means giving up their own goodies. Austrian researchers evaluated “pro-social” behaviors of dogs and found, to their surprise, that dogs offered goodwill gestures toward other dogs, especially if it was a familiar pooch. This study will help veterinarians and pet owners better understand canine behavior and makes me wonder how much my two dogs really like each other.


  •  Good news for all you New Year’s resolution makers,or those of you who set any goals for 2016.


    If you’ve kept up your commitments to this point, you only have one more weekto beat the odds of keeping them.


    That’s right: If you can make it past Jan. 17, you’ll have beaten the national average! I’ve remembered this date ever since fitness expert Cindy Boggs relayed it to me a few years ago.


    Tick tock




    By John Nelson

    “Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”— George Bernard Shaw, 1903


    This is the leaf of a very strong oak, and there is one of these growing in my front yard here in Columbia, S.C. It’s a wonderful tree, must be 70 feet tall, with a rounded, spreading crown. The trunk has a circumference of 9.5 feet, and a diameter of about 3 feet, or so (d = c/π, as I recall).

  •  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center


    Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

    Starting a new year is traditionally about looking forward, starting new and setting goals you may or may not keep. However, I am going to devote the first column of the New Year to looking back at the accomplishments of the 2015 Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Brunswick County.


    Find winter’s warmth in a big bowl of easy-to-prepare chili. This quick and easy recipe is a hearty meal that we have enjoyed at our home for many years. It tastes like it’s been cooking on the stove for hours, but can be eaten in about 30 minutes.

    I must confess this recipe is strictly my wife’s, and since she has been making it for us for a long time, I asked her if she would share it with our readers. Not a problem— until I asked her for the recipe!