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Today's Features

  • AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • The Horry County (S.C.) Police Department has teamed up with the Horry County Animal Care Center to host a blanket drive for county animals.

    Donations of new or gently used blankets are being requested to distribute throughout the community by environmental services officers.

    Drop off locations include the Horry County Animal Care Center at 1923 Industrial Park Drive in Conway and the ML Brown Building at 2560 N. Main St., Suite 7, in Conway.

  • McLeod Loris Seacoast is hosting a blood drive at the Center for Health & Fitness at 3207 Casey St. in Loris, S.C., on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    People can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 115 pounds and minimum age of 17. A 16-year old can donate blood with written parental consent. There is no upper age limit for donating blood.

  • Shallotte American Legion Post 550 will meet Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside School at 221 Village Road in Shallotte.

    All members and those thinking about joining are encouraged to attend.

    For more information, email ALPost550@gmail.com or call Ron Markum at 880-9030.

  • Holden Beach Post 8866 will begin its 2017-18 educational presentation series Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hadnot Hall at 573 Sabbath Home Road in Supply. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

    Frank T. Stritter, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of VFW Post 8866, will present “Unsung Heroes of World War II: Too Little, Too Late?”

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct auditions for its first production of “The Vagina Monologues,” to be performed Feb. 2-4, 2018.

    Based on Eve Ensler’s play of the same name, “The Vagina Monologues” has grown into a worldwide phenomenon in an attempt to end violence against women and girls. For this inaugural year, BLT will partner with Coastal Horizon’s Rape Crises Center to bring TVM Southport to life.

  • Brunswick Little Theater will soon have auditions for “Hot Mikado.” Production dates are scheduled for June 14, 15, 16, 17 and June 21, 22, 23, 24.

    Auditions will be on the Brunswick Little Theatre campus at 8068 River Road in Southport in classroom 1B behind the main building. Because the comedy “The Savannah Sipping Society” will begin at 7:30 in the main building Dec. 9, do not enter the theater as the actors will be preparing for the night’s show.

  • Air Force Airman Shaquan D. Graham, son of Shawnta D. Graham and grandson of Iris D. Jacobs of Leland, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Graham 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.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Sir Richard Branson says, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small.”

    That quote got me thinking about the risk/reward ratio of our behaviors. If there’s something that’s been tugging at you and you keep ignoring it, maybe you’re playing too safe in your life.

    Of course, there are lots of valid reasons to pull back. If you find you’re continually doing this, though, it may be time to redefine your dream. Or get off the fence. 

  • Each fall I usually get one or two phone calls concerning autumn foliage, with the callers wondering, invariably, if this season’s coloration will be better (or worse) than last fall.

    It’s a good question, but one that is basically impossible to answer, of course. There is no way of measuring beauty. That’s my normal response. And even in a drought period, you never know exactly how the resultant fall foliage may be affected. I think, also, that the amount of light available during the day has a real effect on autumnal foliage.