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Today's Features

  • Silver Coast Winery, in partnership with Special Kids Sponsor Foundation, which benefits children in foster care, will host the Purple Feet Festival on Sept. 9 as they celebrate the grape.

    Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children younger than 12 and Lucy look-alikes are admitted free.

    Come enjoy live music by the Imitations, along with MC Tony Resse. There will be a variety of arts and craft vendors, with a Lucy Look-A-Like contest at 3:30 p.m., grape stomping all day and food vendors. The winemaker will also give a winery tour.

  • Johnnie and Violet Smith of Ash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 16 with a celebration at Cypress Creek Church in Whiteville. The couple, who wed June 16, 1957, in Conway, S.C., have two children and five grandchildren.

  • By John Nelson

     

    "If you prick us, do we not bleed?"

                — Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, III: 1.

     

  • If you love pasta as much as I do, a good tomato sauce is one of the first things you should learn to make. You can either cook the tomatoes for a very short time or let them simmer and bubble for at least 40 minutes. Tomatoes only begin to release their acid juices after about 10 minutes, so it will take at least half an hour simmering to evaporate.

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     By Sam Marshall

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: There are enough external critics in the world without having to listen to that voice inside your head.

    And, while most of us want to learn, grow and improve our lives, this can become a slippery slope. If you never stop to take stock of where you are and appreciate all the things you’ve accomplished, you’ll always be yearning — and putting more and more pressure on yourself.

     

    Is your life in order?

  • Habits form the foundation of our lives. The foods we eat, the time we sleep, and how we care for our bodies build the bedrock of good health. Daily choices also affect the well-being of our feline family members. The healthiest cats I serve as a veterinarian also have the healthiest lifestyles. Regular exercise and mental stimulation, wholesome nutritional choices, and simple preventive care are the top habits of the happiest cats I know.

     

    Healthy, happy habit 1: Mind and body

  • Got gluten? Maybe you should.

    Gluten-free diets are popular these days despite the lack of evidence they are healthful for most people. If you’re trying to go gluten-free, you may want to give it a second thought. A recent article by Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD in Food and Health Communications reports on a new study that suggest that going gluten-free may actually raise your risk for type 2 diabetes.

  • It may be summer, but the fall/winter season is already upon the renowned Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Tickets went on sale Saturday, July 29, for Thalian’s Legends and Main Attractions series.

    Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” kicks off the Legends series Friday, Oct. 20, with a return to Thalian Hall in one of his most revered roles. The Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor portrays Mark Twain as a plain-speaking humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots.