Today's Features

  • Most kitchens these days are filled with the latest and greatest countertop appliances, from specialized coffee makers and indoor grills to mixers and food processors! But back in the day, our favorite small appliance was the Waring Blender, made popular by Fred Waring, a well-known entertainer of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

  • We survived The Big Freeze of 2018.  It’s not quite “hit the beach” weather this weekend, but at least the daytime temperatures are well above freezing.

  • Editor’s note: Third in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


  • Our pets are facing a health crisis. According to the latest veterinary surveys, more than half our nation’s dogs and cats are overweight. This means more than 90 million pets are at risk for developing crippling arthritis, debilitating diabetes, catastrophic kidney and heart disease, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer. Besides these serious diseases, obesity is robbing pets of longevity and quality of life.

  • By Linda Arnold


    Yoda, the great philosopher from the “Star Wars” movies, always has some powerful advice.

    One of my favorites relates to commitment: “DO or DO NOT. There is no try.” 

    So, when I went to see “The Last Jedi” from the Star War series over the holidays, I paid attention. Yoda’s theme centered on failure: “The greatest teacher, failure is.”

  • Mikael Ray Lyman, son of Seth and Latoya Ray Lyman of Southport, is the first baby born in 2018 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply. He was born Jan. 3 and 12:18 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20-1/2 inches in length. He joins his 17-month-old brother, Major Noel Lyman.

  • By John Nelson

    Down, down, dogs!

                        Shakespeare. Henry IV, part 2; II, 4.


  • Douglas F. Stitt has been selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the Army. He is serving as director of the Officer Personnel Management Directorate with Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky. He has served in the military for 27 years.

    Stitt is the son of Janet A. and Wesley L. Stitt of Canton, N.Y., and Barbara J. Bartholomew of Sunset Beach; husband of Beth J. Bartholomew-Stitt of Fort Knox, Ky.; father of Laura J. Stitt of Boone and Anna J. Stitt of Fort Knox, Ky.; and son-in-law of Donald R. Bartholomew of Sunset Beach.

  • By John Nelson


    All our yesterdays have lighted fools

    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

                                    — Shakespeare, Macbeth V.5.


    Keep the study-hall candle on for a few minutes here while we investigate this mysterious bush.