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Today's Features

  •  In this column several weeks ago, I wrote about a woman who died from botulism toxin after attending a church potluck dinner. She had eaten potato salad made with improperly home-canned potatoes. Everyone seems to know about botulism in canned foods, but there are some other sources of this deadly toxin.

    Before I get into that, here’s a little more background information.

  •  In this column several weeks ago, I wrote about a woman who died from botulism toxin after attending a church potluck dinner. She had eaten potato salad made with improperly home-canned potatoes. Everyone seems to know about botulism in canned foods, but there are some other sources of this deadly toxin.

    Before I get into that, here’s a little more background information.

  •  “But Rebel was fine. Why should I give him the pills once he’s better? I don’t understand why he’s sick again.”

    If I’ve heard that excuse once, I’ve heard it a thousand times during the past 21 years of veterinary practice. And I still don’t get it.

    Don’t get me wrong; I don’t believe my clients mean any harm. I understand that administering a pet pills and potions can be challenging at times. The sooner you can stop, the better for everyone. But don’t stop before you’re supposed to.

  •  Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Victoria S. Jordan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Jordan is the daughter of Lori S. and Jonathan K. Jordan of Supply, sister of Kaylie Jordan of Clayton, granddaughter of Darlene Sloop of Kannapolis and niece of Kim Nivens of Concord and Casey Collins of Calabash.

  •  By John Nelson

    Summer has set in with its usual severity –– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1826

     

  • It’s a miracle! That’s all there is to it. It’s just a miracle! Have you ever said, or heard, those words? Probably each of us has experienced or been witness to some sort of extraordinary happening that defied human explanation and caused us to ponder the presence of the Almighty in our lives. We see tornadoes touch down, destroy a whole town, but leave one house intact. It’s a miracle, we say.

  • The sunny season is here, so why not raise a cool one with friends on your patio or by the pool? It’s time to just relax in the comfort of our home and just enjoy the summer season as long as it lasts.

    Some of the most refreshing drinks are those made with fresh fruit. The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or even a little twist on the always-popular lemonade.

  • Whether we find our home on the mountaintops of life or on the plains of ordinary stuff, we receive the same message. Whether we are actively prestigious in our nation’s governmental system or arduously putting one step in front of another to meet daily challenges, the message is repeated. Blessed are the peacemakers. Happy are the peacemakers. Holy are the peacemakers.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lindsay Chapman Sauls of Holden Beach and Dr. Charles Lloyd Lennon III of Holden Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dixon and Kathryn Sauls of Farmville. The prospective groom is the son of Lloyd and Linda Lennon of Clarkton. A Nov. 28 wedding is planned at May-Lew Farm in Farmville.

  • Airman First Class Ryan J. Dancer, son of Steven and Sharon Nelke Dancer of Leesburg, Ga., graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base on July 9. Dancer was an honor graduate and achieved expert marksman. He will continue his training by attending Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. His parents and all his grandparents —  Otto and Marian Nelke of Sunset Beach, Mary Dancer and Henry Greenemeyer of New Jersey, James Dancer and Joy Ritchie of Florida — attended his graduation.