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  • EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the approach of Hurricane Irma, all of the 9/11 events below have been cancelled.

    Next Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by terrorist-directed planes at three U.S. sites that have become sacred grounds.

    Brunswick County once again joins those who will never forget.

    Events launch with an 8 a.m. Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 1100 Eighth Ave. N.  in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with the New York Retired Firefighters Association.

  • By Linda Arnold
    Whenever I give a keynote address on the achievement of goals, I hold up a sign for the audience to fill in the blanks:

    I don’t have enough ______.

    I don’t have enough ________.

    The answers are always the same: Time and money.

  • One of my least favorite diagnoses to make in cats is type 2 diabetes. I have a deep dislike for feline diabetes because of two indisputable facts: 1) it’s largely preventable and unnecessary and 2) it’s a real challenge to treat for many owners. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is also one of those diseases that benefit from early detection. I’d like to share my top five reasons you need to test your cat early and often for type 2 diabetes.

     

  • By John Nelson
    It’s the end of summer, and our campus is crawling with students, all young botanists, and newly arrived all over the place. It’s a very busy time for everybody, and definitely for botanists. There is no end of plant life to discover and study wherever you are in the Southeast, and I hope you will be paying attention to the plants around you in the upcoming early autumn season.

  • Waterway Art Association has announced the following workshops in coming days and months.

    All sessions are at Bellinger Art Works at 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores.

    Nationally known portrait artist Terry Sellers Harrison will teach an eight-week Beginner Artist Class Series, “Painting, From the Beginning,” Sept. 11 through Oct. 30.

  • American Legion Post 543 and the St. James Fire Department will jointly conduct a remembrance ceremony to honor those lost on 9/11 at the St. James Community Center at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

    The Post 543 Honor Guard will present the colors. Bob Marks will sing the national anthem. Chief John Dahill and the fire department Board of Directors president John Young will offer their recollections in remembrance of the victims who perished.

  • It was just a matter of time before the Southern Living Idea House found its way to Bald Head Island.

    The time has come this year with the popular magazine’s 2017 Idea House, a delightful combination of coastal style, color and collaboration of builder Whitney Blair Custom Homes of Ocean Isle Beach, architect Moser Design Group of Beaufort, S.C., and interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper of New York-based LCH Interiors.

  • Coming off a three-week stint at the Flamingo Las Vegas, singer-songwriter Richard Marx is looking forward to his new cross-country tour that launches right here in Brunswick County, at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Marx describes his limited-engagement residency and performance of “Satisfied: Only the Hits,” in the Flamingo’s Donny & Marie Showroom as a tight one, rigidly timed at 75 minutes.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road has scheduled two more Meet the Author events and a musical performance in coming days. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

    Novelist Sean Keefer unveils “The Solicitor” Aug. 31

    Sean Keefer will take part in a Meet the Author session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, showcasing his latest novel, “The Solicitor.”

  • By John Nelson

     

    Bad news, I’m afraid.

    They are interesting little things, hard and sharp. Shaped sort of like the horns of a bull. But of course, they come from a plant. And if you step on one of these things, it will hurt. Ouch!

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    Maybe this month’s eclipses have something to do with it. Or the global events that are rocking our worlds.

    Whatever it is, I’ve run across a number of folks who are feeling unsettled right now. When this occurs, you may feel scattered, going in lots of different directions.  Or temporarily paralyzed, unable to make any moves.

    Rest assured, you’re not alone. These are tumultuous times, and they can take their toll.

     

  • Diarrhea is undoubtedly one of the most dreaded dilemmas for dog lovers. Stained carpets, splattered tiles and cringe-worthy stenches culminate in concern and create questions about what to do. As a practicing veterinarian, my goal is to help dog owners determine when they can safely treat the runs at home and when medical help is required. But before we dive into the depths of diarrhea, we need to determine what normal doggie doo looks like.  

     

    What is ‘normal’ dog poop?

  • Aug. 26 marks the 97th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

    Two groups are celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment with a rally from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 26, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in Southport.

    The event features speakers, including state Rep. Deb Butler, live music by Fun Fatale Trio, local civic and women’s groups’ tables and a supply drive for local schoolchildren.

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation fires up its annual fundraising Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, next to the Hills Supermarket parking lot in Shallotte to raise funds for the foundation’s Sunshine Fund.

    This fund supports Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office families who suffer from tragedies.

    The outdoor fish fry, at N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road) and 179 (Main Street) will serve helpings of freshly breaded and fried flounder, potato salad, coleslaw and bread for $8 per person.

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    It’s that time of year again: Alarm clocks, school buses, backpacks and homework. As our children return to their scholarly abodes, many times their pets become anxious when left behind. Each year, I’m overwhelmed with questions from frantic parents desperately dealing with stress from both their two- and four-legged children. Here are some of my favorite tips for making the back to school or back to work adjustment.

     

    1. Transition Time

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’ve all been there.

    Someone we know is going through a tough situation, and we don’t know what to say — or do.

    Some people do nothing. Others try to “fix” things. The best advice I ever got was, “Just hold me when I cry.”

    And then there are the varying degrees of closeness to a situation. You may only know the person professionally or casually. Or, you may be a close friend. Awkwardness knows no bounds.

  • By John Nelson

  • “Dr. Ward, are you certain we’re alone? I can’t tell you what’s wrong with my dog unless we’re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?”

    I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.   

  • By Linda Arnold

    How many furlongs are in a mile?

    Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?

    What geological era are we in right now?

    If any of these stumped you, you’re not alone.

    I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy’s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.

  • By John Nelson
    Fire in the sandhills!