Today's Features

  •  As I was sweating it out in the gym the other day, a fellow asked a question that’s on lots of gardeners minds these days: “What’s all this rain going to do to my plants?” Some things are obvious.

  •  Science is once again confirming what many dog lovers suspected: Our dogs know our smell, and they love it. Recent research by Emory University’s Dr. Gregory Berns used advanced brain-imaging to prove dogs recognize our scent even when we’re not present. Even more interesting is how the canine brains responded differently to the odor of other dogs and humans versus their own human family. You are your dog’s favorite smell.

  •  By John Nelson

    A flash of brilliant red-purple: one way nature reminds us it’s time to say goodbye to summer.

  •  So what exactly are mushrooms? They aren’t really a true vegetable in the sense they do not have any leaves, roots or seeds, and really do not need any light to grow.

    A mushroom is a fungus, which grows in the dark and creates more mushrooms (or fungus) by releasing spores. Brimming with protein, B vitamins (riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic) and minerals (selenium, potassium and copper), mushrooms are low in calories and, cooked fresh, offer the most nutritional benefit versus the canned version that may have more sodium.


  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Alisha Lee Harrington and William Seth Stalvey.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Debbie and stepdaughter of Steve Walker of Omaha, Neb., and granddaughter of Dennis and Patricia Harrington of Holden Beach. A graduate of University of Nebraska at Kearney, she is a legal coordinator in Omaha.


     Terri Winnette Godwin and Brinson Edward Hyman were united in marriage Sept. 19 at Little Prong Missionary Baptist Church in Ash. The Rev. Cary Godwin, father of the bride, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of the Rev. Cary Godwin of Ash and the late Bettie Marlow Godwin. She was escorted and given in marriage by her father.

    The groom is the son of Jessie Hyman of Kenly and the late Willis Edward Hyman.

  •  A Formyduval family reunion is planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Waccamaw Schoolhouse 5901 Waccamaw School Road NW in Ash. Bring a dish to share and any old photos to display. The reunion is open to all Formyduval descendants and relatives.

    Email Kim Formyduval Fairfield (daughter of Willard) at kff12345@yahoo.com or call (603) 320-2904 for additional information.

  •  Before we know it, the stores will be boasting holiday music and holiday gift choices. Folks will be scheduling holiday parties. The air will be charged with anticipation and a degree of anxiety.  I was at a local department store last week where sales were gobbled up in expectation of the season. Stow the gift with hope of remembering the storage spot was the cry!

  •  By Linda Arnold


    I’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to the times I jump to quick conclusions. 

    Sometimes it seems like I’m on autopilot. When I’m able to catch myself, though, I stop to ponder that I may not have all the information.


    What did I do wrong?

  •  Whether you get them from your own garden, a farmer’s market or a pick-your-own field, there is still time for local tomatoes here in southeastern North Carolina. How you store and preserve these precious commodities is even more important now that we know the season is almost over.