• 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.


    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.

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    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.



  • 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!


  • 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.

  • By John Nelson
    Three hundred million years ago it looked a lot different outside. For one thing, it was a very damp, humid time over much of the earth. Don’t worry; there wouldn't have been any dinosaurs to chase you around. (They came a LOT later, as did the cavepeople.)

    But there was plenty of vegetation, of course. Large forests dominated major portions of the earth’s landscape, including much of what is now Europe and North America.

  • I love the holidays. I love the fellowship, festivities and family get-togethers.

    I don’t love the inevitable, and largely preventable, holiday veterinary emergency visits.

    To make sure the holiday season is enjoyable for your pet family members, here are some last-minute holiday pet safety tips.


    Stop sneaking sweets

  • By Linda Arnold

    “Are you ready for the holidays?” How many times have you heard this in recent weeks? “Ready” is relative, isn’t it? In most cases, it refers to the endless “to do” list of decorations, presents, cards, baking, the holiday programs at school and church, travel plans, entertaining, etc.

  • Holidays coming … and that means lots of tasty things to eat and drink. Time for cooks to start strutting their stuff in the kitchen. Of course, about the only thing that I know how to cook, though, is instant oatmeal in the microwave. I’ll leave holiday cooking to the experts.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Does it seem that everywhere you look you see images of happiness and glee, along with anticipation of close family gatherings and chestnuts roasting on an open fire?

    You’re not exactly feeling it, though, and you don’t know why. Holidays can do that to us. Internally, there are huge emotional triggers. And, externally, it’s hard to sustain that level of heartfelt awe in the Folgers coffee commercials or Hallmark movies.

  • Chloe was a beautiful, if occasionally blundering, bulldog puppy. Her only issue was she was growing too fast. Her pet parents plied her with an endless supply of “training treats,” leading to excess weight gain.

  • Another big holiday market, a new Christmas Village featuring more than 50 unique vendors, debuts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    Celebrate with Santa Claus, hayrides, personnel from police and fire departments, children’s crafts and the Stardusters Big Band presenting a Christmas show.

    Other highlights include winter vegetables, artisans, jewelers, photos with Santa, hot cider and maybe even a few extra holiday surprises.