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Today's Features

  •  Air Force Airman Harvey D. Clark Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland inTexas.

    Clark 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.

  •  A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. Unlike many things you read on the Internet, this one was a true. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called listeria. The food-borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.

  •  You would think that horticulture folks would be happy in March when everyone’s “wearin’ the green.” After all, green is our color — the color of chlorophyll found in plant leaves that allows the life-giving process of photosynthesis to happen. But, in this month of green beer and shamrocks, I started thinking about all of the great plants we grow that mask their green behind other pigments such as the red and burgundy Japanese maples, ‘”Summer Chocolate” mimosa and Cordyline ‘”Red Star” with its striking form.

  •  By Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Our pets keep getting fatter. Pet obesity in the U.S. continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During their ninth annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice.

  • The Brunswick County Veterans Coalition will meet Wednesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post 543 in Oak Island. Interested Brunswick County veteran organizations are encouraged to send a representative to meet fellow veterans from the area and learn what each of their organizations do for veterans and citizens of the county.

    Gary G. Crowden, commander of American Legion Post 543, will lead the meeting.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you find yourself in one uncomfortable situation after another following our recent national election, you’re not alone.

    Generally, at this point after an election, tempers have calmed down and folks are either excited about a new administration — or resigned to wait out four years, with an eye to the future.

    Not so with our country’s recent election.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    “…in an early spring we see th’ appearing buds; which to prove fruit 
Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, that frosts will bite them.”

                                                          Henry IV, Part II (Act 1 Scene 3)

  •  I really love Thai food. It’s quick and tasty. I’ve read that Thai food used to be a lot spicier than it is now, but apparently over the years it has been toned down. The Thai food in America is often blander than its counterpart in Thailand.

  •  The women of the Philippines worked as a team with others to put together the worship service for World Day of Prayer 2017. They began their labor by listening to stories, especially news of the day a horrendous typhoon made landfall in their country. The tales they heard contained more than details of horrors seen and endured. They were revelations of resilience and faith. But, they were also narratives that evoked more questions than answers.

  • Waterway Art Association has scheduled two South Carolina artists to lead workshops in March.

    The workshops will be held at Bellinger Artworks Studio, 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores. One-day workshops are $35 for WAA members and $40 for non-members. Advance registration and payment are required.

    Pawleys Island, S.C., artist Jef Sturm will conduct a life drawing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 17.

    Sturm is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art where he received his degree in graphic design and fine art.