Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold


    I’m not referring to drug overdoses, car crashes or heart attacks. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide — every day — in the United States.

    Think about it. That’s almost one death each hour of the day!

    These suicides are often a result of physical or psychological injuries our soldiers bring home after serving our country in war zones. 

  • By John Nelson

     Autumn: Time to go to the beach! The sun isn’t as brutal as it tends to be in the summer, and it finally has started cooling off. Our Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches are fantastic for a holiday — so many things to do and see, and don’t forget to take along your wildflower guide.


  •  My first taste of Beef Wellington was at a fancy restaurant back in my younger days and I can still remember the elegant presentation and, of course, the fantastic taste. The dish is an English preparation of beef tenderloin coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles (a mixture of onions and mushrooms), which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

    I wrote about this dish last month, but wanted to revisit it with some additional recipes.


  •  In recognition of September as National Food Safety Month, I have two quick questions for you. What do you think — are these statements true or false?

    1.     Salmonella is the most common foodborne illness.

    2.     More people get sick from chicken than from any other food.

  •  It’s easy to get excited about the superstars of the garden: roses, crape myrtles, azaleas and gardenias. When their time to shine arrives, it’s greeted with oohs and aahs from all fortunate enough to bask in their glory.

    But what about those plant workhorses that make your garden better and ask very little in return?

  •  Neal and Beth Coleman of Whiteville are the parents of a daughter, Alannah Rhea Coleman, born at 11:05 a.m. Sept. 2 at Betty H. Cameron Hospital in Whiteville, weighing 1 pound, 5 ounces and measuring 11.45 inches in length.

    She joins a brother, Stanley, 1.

    Maternal grandparents are Robin and Danny Hayes of Supply and the late Rufus H. Faulk.

    Paternal grandparents are Sandra and Randy Price of Crusoe and the late Richard Coleman Sr.

  •  American Merchant Marine Veterans, a nonprofit originally established by World War II Merchant Mariners, seeks former and present Merchant Mariners in its membership to help keep its maritime history alive and to assist in achieving its goals, which includes earning veteran’s status for post-World War II conflict Mariners. Membership includes a quarterly magazine.

  • Saturday, Sept. 17, is the best day of the year for wine-lovers to go for a grape foot-dip.

    Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the Grissettown area is having its 11th Purple Feet Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Highlights include grape-stomping and, at 3:30 p.m., the annual Lucille Ball lookalike contest, reflective of the 1956 “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy unwittingly finds herself in an Italian vineyard vat having to crush grapes with her feet and winds up in a grape fight in the process.

  •  Good news doting dog owners: New research proves you’re more than a treat dispenser to your pooch. Given the choice, chances are your dog would prefer your praise over food. This surprisingly unsurprising revelation was the conclusion of a small scientific study conducted by neuroscientists from Emory University. These results have important implications for how we train and treat our canines.