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  • By John Nelson

    Botanists are always looking for interesting places, because that’s where the interesting plants are. The thing is, just about any kind of place is going to be interesting to a botanist in one way or another. Why, just this past weekend I was botanizing out in the countryside near our beautiful Edisto River: it was the middle of nowhere, and I spied a wonderful place for a botanist to spend some time: a “loading deck.”

  • Plan to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • The work of four artists is the centerpiece of “Controlled Chaos 4 Artists,” which debuted July 2 and culminates with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    The show continues through Aug. 6.

  • The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

    Occasionally, Darrell, a former electrician and lead production manager at Carolina Products Inc., would venture out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    Allow me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am,” says a refrigerator magnet in my kitchen.

    Because no matter what’s taking place in the world-at-large, our pets tend to have an exalted opinion of their humans.

    And what is it about those furry ones that steals our hearts?

    Happy dance

    For starters, how ‘bout that happy dance that occurs every time you walk through the door, whether it’s been 10 minutes or 10 days?

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • I’ve known for a long time my dogs are smart. I know this because if I leave food out and turn my attention away for a second, the food is gone. They know that when opportunity knocks, eat it.

    Scientists at the University of Portsmouth suspected dogs were pretty smart, too. In fact, scientists in the psychology department led by Dr. Juliane Kaminski speculated that dogs had the ability to understand a human’s point of view. In other words, researchers wanted to test the hypothesis that dogs knew when we weren’t looking.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    "Just look at her — not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money.”

    Go ahead, admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you, or those on television or online.

    Looks can be deceiving

    In these challenging times it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think they lead a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • For thousands of dog owners, July 4 is the scariest holiday of the year. Pet parents with dogs afraid of loud noises dread the firecrackers and fireworks that paralyze their pooch with fear. A new drug recently approved by the FDA hopes to ease some of these sound anxieties with a unique gel medication. Before we reveal this breaking advancement, let’s review noise phobia in dogs.

  • Monthly meetings

    Post meetings 7 p.m. third Wednesdays

    Ladies auxiliary 9:30 a.m. first Tuesdays

    Sons of the American Legion 7 p.m. first Wednesdays

    Legion Riders 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays

    House committee 5 p.m. first Mondays

    Governing board 4 p.m. second Thursdays

    American Legion Post Nocha White Post 503 launched in 1993 in Calabash.

  • SUNSET BEACH — A state bill to de-annex a senior complex has been approved by the Senate and passed second reading Tuesday, June 27, in the House.

    It was unclear at press time whether Senate Bill 289 to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from Sunset Beach will require a third reading, but it was approved on second reading by a 98-14 vote Tuesday afternoon, according to an update on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

  • Glorify the freedom, laud the liberty, enjoy the independence.

    Patriotism prevails as Americans celebrate the country’s 241st birthday with an array of events planned in coming days, starting with the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in Southport and concluding with fireworks over the Calabash River.

    Here’s a closer look at area events.

    N.C. Fourth of July Festival

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact — not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • Imagine what horticulture was like in England before the Revolutionary War. The British have always been wild about growing new things, and the development of the Atlantic colonies offered a tremendous number of new plants to try out. It wasn’t easy, though, to get these new plants back to England across the ocean. Oh, sure, seeds were pretty easy to get back … but real live plants were not. Botanists and nurserymen came up with all sorts of ideas about how best to transport them. One of these people was a chap named John Ellis.

  • North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida have all reported recent outbreaks of a new strain of canine influenza known as H3N2. Earlier outbreaks quickly spread from the Midwest to at least 12 states. Well more than 2,000 H3N2 cases have been reported to date in the U.S. H3N2 is not known to be contagious to humans, although cats may be at risk for contracting the respiratory infection. Here’s what you need to know to protect your dog.

  • Since launching two years ago, Sunset Vision continues to focus on the future.

    The nonprofit community group’s next venture is the Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale launching for three days this week and culminating with a $25-per-person reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • The renowned Sea Notes Choral Society and The Brunswick Concert Band set the seasonal patriotic mood with tandem performances of “Sunrise Over America.”

    The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to both concerts is free.

    Co-directors for this year’s summer patriotic concerts are Larry Reinhart with the Sea Notes and Tom Smicklas with The Brunswick Concert Band.

    Tickets are not required.

  • The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Calabash’s summer concert series stage starting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, June 27, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  • Club Profile: Shallotte Elks Lodge No. 2854

    Meetings: 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays (second Mondays only in July, August, December), 791 Bricklanding Road; 754-4565; shallotteelks@atmc.net

    Exalted Ruler: Walter Wilson

    Bingo: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays; lodge opens at 4:30; light dinner menu available

    Flags unfurled as members of Shallotte Elks gathered with Boy Scouts and a military color guard June 14 for a Flag Day ceremony at their lodge at 791 Bricklanding Road (N.C. 179).