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  • Cindy Reading Graham snapped this photo Jan. 6 of an icicle that formed on the mouth of the giraffe at Ocean Isle Mini Golf on the Ocean Isle Beach island. “I thought it was so funny. Sunday it was a little longer. Monday it was completely gone.”

  • Leland Cultural Arts Center is kicking off the New Year and its fourth year of operation with winter-session classes and workshops, a student art show and a concert Friday, Jan. 19.

    The LCAC Winter 2018 Session opened this month with a multi-faceted lineup of classes and workshops including painting and drawing, basket weaving, ceramics/pottery, photography, stained glass, greeting card design, music and dance, theater, writing, exercise, fitness and yoga, Zumba and youth programs.

  • Renowned singer-songwriter Bob Lind remembers when he wrote his 1960s hit, “Elusive Butterfly,” more than a half-century ago.

    “I was living in a scummy little apartment on Downing Street (in Denver) and I wrote this song, stayed up all night writing it, and I didn’t feel it was any better than any of the other songs I was writing at the time,” he recalled during his induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside musical colleagues Judy Collins and The Serendipity Singers.

  • 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.”

  • By John Nelson
     

    Down, down, dogs!

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

     

  • 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.

  • I’m veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, and I’d like to talk to you about an important topic today.

    A few years ago, I became very concerned about animals being left in hot cars. And so, I made a video to raise awareness. I’m happy to report the topic of leaving animals or children in hot cars during summer months has become an important one in our society.

    I’m also concerned about animals being left outside during severe cold weather. I made a video to raise awareness about just how cold it actually gets in a doghouse left outside overnight.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    Un-committing? I’ll admit I did a double take when I first heard this concept.

     

    We’re always told to make a commitment — and to stick with it. While that’s generally good advice, there are times when you need to take stock of everything on your platter and figure out what you’re really committed to in terms of completion.

  • Everything that brides and planners alike need for the perfect wedding will be featured at the Silver Coast Bridal Show from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the Grissettown community.

    Local wedding professionals will be on hand to help make that wedding day extra special.

    The event will feature professional caterers, photographers, officiants, bakeries, DJs, entertainment, limos, venues, event planners, florists and more.

  • 4600-10 Main St., Shallotte

    (Twin Creek Plaza)

    (910) 754-4766

    brunswickfamily.org

    brunswickfamily@yahoo.com

    2018 will mark the 37th year for Brunswick Family Assistance, which launched in 1981 as a private, nonprofit volunteer information center to aid those in need in Brunswick County.

    Like the Energizer Bunny, Shallotte-based BFA has been going ever since.

  • The shopping bag thudded onto the exam table.

    “These are the ones I have out on the counter. There could be a couple more I missed. I was in a hurry.”

    Good thing I had plenty of time to sort through the enormous mound of supplements, vitamins, and magic pills covering the table. OK, I’m joking about the “magic pills,” but one label promised it “works like magic.” Needless to say, I was skeptical.

  • By Linda Arnold

    New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. Three hundred sixty-five brand new days. Twelve delicious months. Fifty-two amazing weeks.  

    It’s the ultimate new beginning. The chance to take lessons learned from last year and put them into effect. OK, I’m strapping myself in.

    New beginnings

    Whatever does or does not happen on a global level in 2018 remains to be seen. Our world is going through some big changes. And, no doubt, you’re feeling a bit unsettled with all the unpredictability.

  • By John Nelson

  • By John Nelson

    Some of the most interesting field trips a botanist can take are right there in your own backyard: this has been proven over and over again. Right now I’m at work, sitting in my office at the university, and although it’s not exactly my backyard, our campus here in Columbia, S.C., is also very interesting botanically. I want to take you on a little “mental” tour of one part of it.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life, it’s also helpful to examine what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • Each New Year, we’re inundated with lists of things to do, buy and become. We read these lists, make promises to ourselves and then promptly forget it ever happened by February.

    This year I’m taking the opposite approach: Here are the things you definitely don’t want to do, purchase or aspire to be more like. It’s time for my “New Year’s don’ts for pets.”

  • Christmas volunteer opportunities

    The Salvation Army of Wilmington administers many programs and services designed to restore broken lives, build healthy relationships and develop and encourage people of all ages.

    To volunteer at the Christmas Center at 2307 North College Road in Wilmington, fill out an online form and email Maj. Leigh Ann Craddock at Leighann.Craddock@uss.salvationarmy.org.

    Website

    salvationarmycarolinas.org

  • By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    It’s that time of year to jump in the car and journey to see some of the prettiest after-dark lights displays you and yours have ever seen in Brunswick County.

    Here’s a closer look at some of the most widely known ones at different points and directions in the county.

    Along the way to observing these, Christmas lights aficionados are likely to see a few other colorful displays as well along their routes.

    Happy holiday viewing!

    Shallotte

  • Brunswick County author Anne Clinard Barnhill and her poet son, Mike Smith, are collaborating on a mother-and-son Literary Salon slated for 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Rourk Library at 5068 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Smith, who directs the honors program at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., is promoting his new book, “And There Was Evening and There Was Morning,” published by WTAW Press, a memoir about the death of his first wife from cancer and his daughter who developed the same cancer but survived.