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Today's News

  • Selecting safe pet chew toys

     I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest a variety of interactive, engaging, and plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys help keep the teeth and gums healthy and strengthen jaw muscles. They also serve as important environmental enrichment aides and provide essential mental stimulation. Here’s a simple guide to what makes a great, and safe, canine chew toy.

     

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  • The value of renewability

     Change comes with a high cost for most people. Echoes of “we never did it this way” or “we always did it this way” are loud, long and rarely laudable. I can remember the angst my Sicilian mother-in-law felt when I failed to ask her advice regarding the “proper” way to make spaghetti sauce. My own Neapolitan mother was probably equally miffed, though she dared not show it, when she discovered I didn’t follow her recipe either!

  • Are you expecting too much of yourself after major medical treatment?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    “Time to get back in the saddle.”

    You may be saying this to yourself — or to someone close to you — or maybe you’re hearing it from others.

    With a number of folks undergoing chemotherapy or radiation — or recuperating from surgery or other major medical treatments these days — it’s a common phrase. And who doesn’t want to return to “normal?”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

  • Understanding and preventing plant diseases in landscapes: Part II

     By Sam Marshall

     

  • It’s Memorial Day weekend and time for some fishin’ and grillin’

     The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the beginning of the grilling season for many in this area. On the South Brunswick Islands, it signals the beginning of a new season of fishing, golfing and cookouts or just relaxing at home, soaking up the sun and taking it easy.

  • Communication breakdowns offer teachable moments

    Last Thursday night, I returned to the office to finish a few tasks I didn’t complete before my dinner date with my high school boyfriend’s parents here in Shallotte.

    Robert and Kathy Hall, of King, have known me most of my life, starting when I dated their only child back in the ‘80s. They, like Keith, have been my dear friends since then. These days, they venture to Brunswick County with members of their church at least once a year. Ever since I moved here almost three years ago, they’ve made a point of treating me to dinner during their visit.

  • Rabon must explain SB 875

    Senate Bill 875 should come as no surprise to residents of state Senate District 8, specifically those in Brunswick County, who have been represented by Bill Rabon for the past six years.

    During the first half of Rabon’s tenure, he was touted as a champion for the district, especially the areas along the coast.

    In 2011, he was among primary sponsors of Senate Bill 110 to allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices. It was a move supported by at least one Brunswick County beach municipality, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.