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  • By John Nelson

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    By Linda Arnold

    You’ve probably heard one of these phrases at some point from a well-meaning friend or relative. 

    “Get over it.”

    “You’ve gotta get on with your life.”

    "It’s time to move on.”

    Maybe it had to do with something small, or maybe it came after a life-changing event.

    And then there’s the advice:

    “OK, feel sorry for yourself for a little while. Then get up and go on.”

  • You can learn a lot about your pet’s health by simply parting a few hairs and peering below. Buried beneath all that fur and whiskers is a dog or cat’s largest organ, the skin, and the stories it shares range from battling bloodsuckers and allergic attacks to infectious onslaughts and hormonal upsets.

    Here are some visual clues the skin reveals about illness, infections, and overall health. Learn to spot these signs and you’ll enhance quality of life and become a better pet parent. 

     

    Is this normal?

  • The Historic Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport will present “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” a special musical benefit show to raise money for hurricane victims, Oct. 15. The cast and band will come together for a blend of favorite music from previous shows with all proceeds going to United Methodist Committee on Relief through Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

    All funds raised will go directly to hurricane victims. This date is the 63rd anniversary of the devastation in Brunswick County caused by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

  • The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce has moved the fourth annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ up a month from the previous events to Sept. 30.

    The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, Belville.

    Proceeds benefit Step Up for Soldiers and the NBCC.

    Admission is $5 per person, free for children younger than 12. Kids receive a BBQ Piggy Bank Buck, good for redemption of a Piggy Bank.

  • Coccidiosis is a common intestinal tract infection caused by a one-celled organism or protozoa called coccidia. Coccidia are not parasitic intestinal worms; they are microscopic parasites that live within cells of the intestinal lining. Because coccidia live in the intestinal tract and cause diarrhea, they are often confused with worms.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: What’s one of the first things you do every morning?

    I’ll bet “check my smartphone” was in the top three. I know that’s the case for me. 

    I was challenged this past week to look at things a little differently, though. You see, your brain is in its most creative mode when you first wake up — after a night’s sleep of processing events through your subconscious mind.

  • By John Nelson

     

    “ — A small tree, with very desirable wood.”

     

  • Now that fall has fallen, it’s time for the Shallotte Farmers Market Fall Market.

    This year’s festive seasonal market unfolds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    Featured are fall vegetables, artisans, jewelers and crafts. Live music will be provided by The Grass Needs Mowing.

    For more information contact Emilee Sinclair at Shallotte Town Hall at 754-4032 or esinclair@townofshallotte.org.

  • This Saturday night, enthusiasts of horse racing, blackjack, roulette, craps and poker don’t have travel far to indulge their pastime.

    They can do it right in Brunswick County — and for a good cause — from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Supply Senior Center at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

  • Now that it finally has a new facility, Paws Place Inc. nonprofit dog rescue is celebrating with its fourth annual Raise the Ruff and Beyond fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Coastline Conference Center at 501 Nutt St. on the Cape Fear Riverfront in Wilmington.

  • Meetings

    4 p.m. third Saturdays at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2586 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia

    Officers

    President/legal redress: Carl L. Parker

    Secretary/membership: Adell Bernard

    Assistant secretary: Julie Tillis

    Treasurer: Joseph Butler

    Education: Dr. Jerry Jackson

    Religious affairs: Stafford Stanley

    Freedom Fund Committee chairwoman: Anne Parker

    Contact

    P.O. Box 364, Supply NC 28462; pooker@atmc.net; 619-4974

  •  Meets: second Wednesday of each month, September to May

    Membership: Open to all communities in Carolina Shores

    President: Jane Boyle, (910) 575-6367, jboyle@atmc.net

    Vice President: Joanne Bendy

    Secretary: Jeanne Zalasko

    Treasurer: Kay Craig

    For almost four decades, the Carolina Shores Garden Club has been doing its part to cultivate beauty in the community.

    Founded in 1978 by Mary Quinlan, the club convenes monthly from September through May to cover a variety of topics having to do with gardening.

  • The town of Carolina Shores launches its first craft and car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    The car show will take place outside while local crafters display and sell their handmade creations inside the Brunswick Community College building, said event organizer Mary Timothy, a Carolina Shores town commissioner.

  • By John Nelson

     

    This is one of the many plants that make me glad I live in the South.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    This past week we experienced the brunt of two major hurricanes and the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

    While these kinds of events can bring the worst in terms of destruction, they can also bring the best in terms of compassion.

    Because they bring us together as one. Nature is the great equalizer. 

    Most of us remember how we stood together as Americans after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Any other labels that might have existed were stripped away.

  • Cats are curious critters. They’re fiercely independent, notably nocturnal and difficult to discern. In other words, they’re probably cleverer than many humans. Here are some of the most common kitten questions I get from cat people.

     

    1.    How long do cats live?

  • 4911 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte

    Mailing address: P.O. Box 948, Shallotte 28459

    Email: contactus@sbisclub.com

    Officers

    President: Kirby Bellamy

    First vice president: Chris Phipps

    Second vice president: Bill Bellamy

    Secretary: William Magee

    Treasurer: Michael Mattera

    Membership: Bill Magee, membership@sbisclub.com

    Website: sbisclub.com

  • In celebration of National Estuaries Week, the North Carolina Coastal Federation plans a family-friendly event in Navassa on Saturday, Sept. 16.

  • Hayrides, pumpkins, a corn maze and a farm train are just some of the fall fun planned at Go Chicken Coop, a seasonal venture opening Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 Bell Swamp Connection in Winnabow.

    Go Chicken Coop is the rural dream of owner Ed Burnett, a Brunswick County developer who grew up on a potato farm in Water Mill, N.Y.

    “He’s used to being outdoors,” said Go Chicken Coop spokeswoman Meagan Spivey. “This is how he grew up, in the country with no electronics, none of that.”