Today's Features

  • Did you know 2 ounces of popcorn kernels makes about 8 cups of popcorn containing about 240 calories and costs about 30 cents? Naturally low in fat and gluten-free, these numbers add up to the perfect snack to have on hand this time of the year.

    Popcorn is a simple yet satisfying whole grain and makes for a great choice when trying to lose holiday weight. The fiber in popcorn makes you feel fuller longer, which helps curb hunger.


    Stovetop popcorn tips

  • By John Nelson


  • By Linda Arnold


    Flash bulletin:  Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way.  At your core level it’s essential that you have or develop a healthy sense of self-respect. 

  • Typically, resolution-making is both the aim and onset of each new year. Even more typically, both aim and onset have already grown old, weary and have succumbed to procrastination by now. And … we are already in the midst of Lent when resolve is ready to be bolstered. This is a mighty combination that cannot be easily ignored or dismissed without consequences. Perhaps my words are strong because my admission of guilty inactivity is painful.

  • Editor’s note: Seventh in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


  • While the history of Valentine’s Day is muddled with the Romans, the Pagans and the Christians claiming credit, it’s a fair bet you had better show up every year with something for your sweetheart. And, getting the last arrangement from the cooler at the supermarket is not a winning strategy. 

    Roses are traditional but short-lived and, during this time, overpriced. If your significant other likes to play in the dirt, next year consider purchasing a rose that can be planted in the garden.

  • The first news story I’d like to share with you this week comes to us from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. UC Davis is home to sunshine, surfing, and cutting-edge coprophagy (defined as eating feces) research. The researchers wanted to discover how many dogs had coprophagy, what led to these coprophagous behaviors and whether any of the common treatments for coprophagy actually work.

  • Little girls and their male role models are royally highlighted at the upcoming Little Princess Ball scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at three sites this year.

    The fun unfolds simultaneously at the Brunswick Center at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply, the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way and at the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport.

  • Residents of the Lower Cape Fear region were not happy about the 1765 Stamp Act imposed by the British Crown — a tax on all newspapers, gambling papers, books pamphlets and more.

    The town of Brunswick returns to 1766 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, when historic interpreters demonstrate trades and show how the dreaded Stamp Act affected their lives during the 252nd Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance program. 

    See how the seeds of discontent in Brunswick Town led to the first acts of resistance against the Crown in the American colonies.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance celebrates its Inaugural Valentine’s Gala from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    The attire for this BFA fundraiser is eveningwear.

    Coastal Catering will provide dinner. Chance Union Band will perform live music and entertainment. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine, plus a 50/50 raffle.

    Tickets are $75 per person.