Today's Features

  •  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.

  •  U.S. Air Force Airman Daveion R. Green graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    The airman 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

          Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine-free Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke — you name it.

          We have so many choices today, and I wonder whether all our options have created some negative side effects.  While I’m all for progress — and choices — it seems that one of the side effects is indecisiveness.

  •  By Sam Marshall


    We have been discussing over the past few weeks the benefits of additional vegetative complexity in home lawns and gardens. Shrubs are arguably one of the best ways to add complexity to your landscape, as they cover the spectrum of both height and spread. You also can add a greater number of shrubs to a home yard as they generally take up less space, which makes them ideal choices for smaller areas. This column will focus on shrub selections for home landscapes.


    Selecting the right shrubs

  •  I’ve collected a number of grilling recipes over the years, dividing them into entrees, side dishes and dessert categories. Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs. Try grilling combinations of different vegetables or even fruits.

    Many vegetables do really well on a grill, but try to avoid those with a high water content, like cucumbers, celery or greens. Some of the best grilling vegetables are asparagus, eggplant, onions, a variety of peppers and even cabbage.