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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact — not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • I read the book, “SILENCE” by Shusaku Endo. I watched the movie. Both experiences left me pondering the presence of pervading doubt emanating from a perceived absence of God. It is the subtle specter of silence that is not quiet. It disturbs, distracts and often results in false discernment. Silence, in this case, provides neither spiritual nor physical solace. At the same time, it is a profound absence that evokes an equally profound presence.

  • Imagine what horticulture was like in England before the Revolutionary War. The British have always been wild about growing new things, and the development of the Atlantic colonies offered a tremendous number of new plants to try out. It wasn’t easy, though, to get these new plants back to England across the ocean. Oh, sure, seeds were pretty easy to get back … but real live plants were not. Botanists and nurserymen came up with all sorts of ideas about how best to transport them. One of these people was a chap named John Ellis.

  • When you go to your favorite rib joint in the Carolinas and ask for a plate of barbecue, you’re going to get a plate of steaming pulled (or chopped) pork, along with some coleslaw and hush puppies.

    If you have the time though, most of us would prefer making our own barbecue at home. The exception would be attending one of the many pig pickin’ events in the area. We used to have one every Fourth of July back at “The Brick” in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Regardless of what a lot of outsiders may say, in the Carolinas, barbecue means pulled pork!

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash honor the 90th birthday of Jewel Evans, who was born June 6, 1927.

  • Pastor Al Watkins and congregation wish H.D. and Polly Willetts a very special 61st anniversary blessing at Faith Baptist Church in Bolivia on June 11. Their anniversary was June 10.

  • In last week’s column I asked four questions about food safety practices in the home kitchen. How did you do? Would your kitchen pass a food safety inspection?

    As promised, here are four more questions. Choose the answers that most closely apply to your everyday practices in your kitchen.

    5. When using a cutting board: If you’re cutting raw meat or poultry, what do you do before cutting fresh produce or bread before the same meal?

    a.Use a separate cutting board

    b.Wipe the cutting board with a damp cloth or sponge

  • North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida have all reported recent outbreaks of a new strain of canine influenza known as H3N2. Earlier outbreaks quickly spread from the Midwest to at least 12 states. Well more than 2,000 H3N2 cases have been reported to date in the U.S. H3N2 is not known to be contagious to humans, although cats may be at risk for contracting the respiratory infection. Here’s what you need to know to protect your dog.

  • Since launching two years ago, Sunset Vision continues to focus on the future.

    The nonprofit community group’s next venture is the Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale launching for three days this week and culminating with a $25-per-person reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • The renowned Sea Notes Choral Society and The Brunswick Concert Band set the seasonal patriotic mood with tandem performances of “Sunrise Over America.”

    The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to both concerts is free.

    Co-directors for this year’s summer patriotic concerts are Larry Reinhart with the Sea Notes and Tom Smicklas with The Brunswick Concert Band.

    Tickets are not required.