Today's Features

  • A Valentine Masquerade Fundraiser to benefit military, ex-offenders and veterans heartens the holiday from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Brunswick Community College gymnasium, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The event is to benefit Return with Honor, a new Brunswick County nonprofit dedicated to creating employment opportunities and training for people who have served in the military and ex-offenders.

  • Paws-Ability’s annual Mardi Gras 4 Paws fun rolls out 6 to 9 p.m. next Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille at 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tickets are $30 per person, which includes festivities with live jazz music by the Sea & Sand Band and incredible New Orleans-themed menu with Cajun appetizers, multiple food stations, cash bar and a King Cake with hidden prizes donated by Seaside Bakery & Wine Shop.

  • Fans of Journey have an opportunity to relive the legendary band and its hits when the lights go up on DSB Journey Tribute at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    “DSB has been highly revered by fans as the ‘next best thing’ to Journey,” reads a promo on the Odell Williamson website where the tribute can be sampled and tickets can be purchased at bccowa.com.

    “They have captured the lush and signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime.”

  • By John Nelson

    We have no bananas today, but we have something very, very similar, something that brings us a very decidedly Latin American addition to our menus. This wonderful stuff, hot and tasty, comes from a fruit that looks like a banana. In fact, they represent a different variety of the same hybrid plant which is the banana of commerce.  

  • Romesco sauce is a classic and very popular Spanish condiment, a spicy almond and red pepper pesto-like mixture. It’s such a popular sauce in Spain that it has been referred to as the “ketchup” of Spain.

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


  • By Linda Arnold

         Gossip is tempting. We hear things about people all the time. But where do you draw the line between normal curiosity and being part of the rumor mill?

         Most of us have been the subject of gossip at some point in our lives, and we’ve all felt the sting of humiliation that goes along with it.

          On the other hand, we’ve all done some gossiping of our own, and we may have hurt someone’s feelings as a result.

  • When Lent arrives in the throes of springtime, I have a hard time with its accompanying theme of passionate suffering. New life sprouts around me, especially in the southern climes where warmth leaves late and returns early to soothe arthritic bones. The paradox of pain in the midst of rising spirits is a hard pill to swallow. I want to concentrate on the green leaves peeping out from their cold dirt hibernation, forget winter and enjoy springtime’s slide into summer. Lent has no place in those plans. Yet, here it is.

  • I love puppies, kittens and most every critter around (except for that black widow spider that nearly killed my late father when he was a kid). As a veterinarian for more than 25 years, I’ve also seen my share of inherited orthopedic diseases in the furry family members I serve. Here are two fairly common joint diseases I think every new puppy owner should know about.


    Elbow dysplasia

    “Elbow what?!”

  • One of the trendy things to do is have your own vegetable garden. You can grow what you want, the varieties you like and know exactly how everything has been treated.

    Unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee your success in the challenging climate of southeastern North Carolina.