Today's Features

  • The gorgeous displays of spring-flowering bulbs are already showing up in garden shops and nurseries. Go ahead and purchase your bulbs while the selection is still good, but it’s too early to plant them. Store them in the crisper of your refrigerator or in a cool, dark and dry place until you’re ready to plant them.

  •  Back to school is a good time to refresh your memory and thoughts on safe packed lunches. When I was in school we carried our lunches in brown bags or cartoon character-themed boxes.  Now there many good-looking insulated bags on the market even the most image-conscious child would be happy to carry. These special bags are a great idea, especially if you’re packing perishable items.



     By Linda Arnold


    Labor Day week brings up lots of things: the traditional end of summer, back-to-school season and political campaigns gearing up for the home stretch to the election. 

    While you might not have stopped to ponder the true meaning of the holiday on Monday, it’s interesting to note the origins — and to reflect on what that means for our lives today.


  •  Bob and Mary Lou Miller are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 8. They were married in New York, moved to Connecticut and then Maryland before retiring 20 years ago to Sunset Beach. They have three children and two grandchildren. The Millers keep busy with golf, beaching and volunteering in the community. They plan to visit Niagara Falls where they spent their honeymoon.

  • By John Nelson   

    Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!


                                                    — Charlie Brown

  •  Are you one of those many gardeners, like myself, wondering what to do with all these eggplants that just seem to keep showing up? Eggplants are available year-round in our area, but are more plentiful in the summer months. They are best used within a few days while they are still fresh.

  • A Casino Night for Charity will unfold Saturday night, Sept. 10, at The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with gaming scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include black jack, poker, craps, roulette and horse racing.

    From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., award-winning caterer Ryan Gibbs will serve heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring seared ahi tuna with avocado spread, blackened shrimp with yellow stone grits and braised southern pork with sweet potato hash.

  • The 15th anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated locally starting bright and early Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2016.

    A fire and law enforcement motorcade is scheduled to leave Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores and head northward up U.S. 17.

    Participants will gather around 8:30 or 9 a.m., said Vito Ramaglia with the Calabash Lions Club.



    It’s getting to be that time of year. As I write this article, there are a couple of tropical storms forming south of here. Hopefully, we’ll escape any major problems, but it’s always a good time to think ahead a little. I’m specifically talking about what might happen to the food in your refrigerator and freezer if we have a power outage.