Today's News

  • More about that deadly toxin, botulism

     In this column several weeks ago, I wrote about a woman who died from botulism toxin after attending a church potluck dinner. She had eaten potato salad made with improperly home-canned potatoes. Everyone seems to know about botulism in canned foods, but there are some other sources of this deadly toxin.

    Before I get into that, here’s a little more background information.

  • Sometimes you need to follow the directions

     “But Rebel was fine. Why should I give him the pills once he’s better? I don’t understand why he’s sick again.”

    If I’ve heard that excuse once, I’ve heard it a thousand times during the past 21 years of veterinary practice. And I still don’t get it.

    Don’t get me wrong; I don’t believe my clients mean any harm. I understand that administering a pet pills and potions can be challenging at times. The sooner you can stop, the better for everyone. But don’t stop before you’re supposed to.

  • Jordan graduates from basic training

     Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Victoria S. Jordan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Jordan is the daughter of Lori S. and Jonathan K. Jordan of Supply, sister of Kaylie Jordan of Clayton, granddaughter of Darlene Sloop of Kannapolis and niece of Kim Nivens of Concord and Casey Collins of Calabash.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Summer has set in with its usual severity –– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1826


  • What do we do when we experience a miracle?

    It’s a miracle! That’s all there is to it. It’s just a miracle! Have you ever said, or heard, those words? Probably each of us has experienced or been witness to some sort of extraordinary happening that defied human explanation and caused us to ponder the presence of the Almighty in our lives. We see tornadoes touch down, destroy a whole town, but leave one house intact. It’s a miracle, we say.

  • Cool, refreshing summertime drinks made with fresh fruit

    The sunny season is here, so why not raise a cool one with friends on your patio or by the pool? It’s time to just relax in the comfort of our home and just enjoy the summer season as long as it lasts.

    Some of the most refreshing drinks are those made with fresh fruit. The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or even a little twist on the always-popular lemonade.

  • Four steps to catching Spanish mackerel
  • Father-son champs are the Isleys

    Because I am a golf writer, I get updates and scores from the Carolinas Golf Association every week. For those new to the area or new to the game of golf, the Carolinas Golf Association was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golfers.

    It is the second largest golf association in the United States and has 700 member clubs in North and South Carolina. That’s huge, folks. At least 150,000 people are part of this organization.

  • McCumbee, McAleer win, take lead in points

    Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer won for the second time this season in an IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race.

    McCumbee and McAleer finished first in the Street Tuner class Saturday, July 25, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

    They drove the No. 5 ModSpace Mazda MX-5 and gave C.J. Wilson Racing the lead in the point standings. Wilson is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

  • Gray Cheers plays in All-Star game

    GREEENSBORO — Gray Cheers finished his high school basketball career with the highest state honor possible: playing in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star basketball game.

    Cheers, a West Brunswick graduate, was one of 10 players on the East team in the game Monday night, July 20, at Greensboro Coliseum.