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Today's Features

  • For the past six years, Shallotte has enjoyed its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Launching into its seventh year for 2016, Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is Brunswick County’s largest entertainment center and an especially cool (and warm) place to be this winter.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include 32 lanes of constellation bowling, two-story laser tag and bumper cars arenas, a bounce house and arcade, party rooms, a concession stand and a pro shop.

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    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Rachael Menius and Dan Burgess of Boston.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of David and Donna Menius of Ocean Isle Beach. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Pennsylvania, she is a pediatric palliative care nurse practitioner at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • A member of the dill family, fennel has a sweet anise flavor, which is due to a chemical known as anethole, which is 13 times sweeter than sugar. This compound is also found in star anise. Its flavor is strongest when eaten raw and declines slightly as it is cooked. Both the feathery leaves, which resemble dill, and its seeds, are commonly used.

  •   By John Nelson

    Shocking, vile, outrageous, repellent, bizarre or just plain gross —take your pick of any number of adjectives for this thing. The scientific name may be translated as "disgusting" and "red."

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    By Linda Arnold

    I need to exercise more.  I need to cut down on sugar and alcohol.  I need to be more patient.  Why can’t I stay committed?

    If you find similar thoughts swirling in your head, you’re not alone. Whatever the category is, the feedback loop is the same. You know certain things are good for you, yet you resist them.

    Familiar excuses

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    Tiny, and swiftly changing color to blend with the surroundings, my little friend spread his [with no anatomical accuracy, I’ve designated the gender!] body diagonally across the sill and glass of my bedroom window. He had been a guest for days, perhaps longer. I only noticed him when I saw a shadow scampering across the floor of my closet and noticed it had the shape of an anole—a creature ubiquitous in the Southland.

     

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    Tiny, and swiftly changing color to blend with the surroundings, my little friend spread his [with no anatomical accuracy, I’ve designated the gender!] body diagonally across the sill and glass of my bedroom window. He had been a guest for days, perhaps longer. I only noticed him when I saw a shadow scampering across the floor of my closet and noticed it had the shape of an anole—a creature ubiquitous in the Southland.

     

  •       Congratulations! Many families woke up Christmas morning with a package of furry joy underneath their tree. Sharing your home with a new puppy is one of the most exciting — and rewarding — relationships you’ll ever experience. To help you and your new bundle of bliss establish a lifetime of healthy habits, I’ve assembled my top reasons a puppy’s best friend is your family veterinarian.

    1. Just because a puppy looks healthy doesn’t mean he can’t be sick.

  •  Everyone seems to have some advice this week on New Year’s resolutions. Most of these involve eating a better diet and getting or staying healthy. It’s almost obligatory that I write a column about making a new start to a healthier lifestyle in the New Year.

    But, do you really want to read more about what you should or shouldn’t do, eat or drink? Most people already know, or they won’t be making those resolutions. The real key to resolutions is how do you make them stick? If I ask you in a month, will you still be working on them?

  •   By Al Hight