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Today's Features

  • Crab-lovers can shed their shells by getting out to celebrate the 38th annual Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival this weekend.

    Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, on the Little River waterfront, the festival once again promises a long lineup of food, vendors, entertainment and plenty of delicious crabs.

    Saturday’s entertainment includes RiverMist Band at 10:30 a.m. and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 2 p.m.

  • The buzz is the Brunswick County Literacy Council is gearing up for its 30th annual adult spelling bee, set to take place next Tuesday night, May 21, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The event starts with a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by the bee at 7 p.m.

    Assorted teams of two have once again signed on to compete in the annual fundraiser to benefit literacy programs in Brunswick County.

  • By Linda Arnold

    This week marked my 10th Mother’s Day without my mother. And my husband’s eighth without his. It’s always a time of reflection. Sometimes it seems longer, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

    For many of you, this may have been your first, and those “firsts” are tough, whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday. These are powerful triggers that start building before the event, and endure after it’s over. 

  • My protest sign read: “After bread, education is the ‘first’ need of the people.”

    It’s a quote attributed to George Danton in Paris in 1792. Danton was a champion of educational reform throughout France and something of a legend within this cause.

  • My dog tore his cranial cruciate ligament. My veterinarian has suggested surgically fixing it using an external capsular repair technique. What is it?

    One of the most common injuries to the knee of dogs is tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This ligament is similar to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans.

  • Standing at the counter in a fast food restaurant ordering or making a choice at a sit-down restaurant may take more time these days because there is more information available that may influence the choices you make.

    This is because a new restaurant nutrition labeling rule went into effect a year ago this month. Calorie and nutrition information now appear on printed menus and posted on menu boards. 

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is staging a mah-jongg-athon and you’re invited.

    The daylong Mah-Jongg with Meaning Fundraiser is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (NC 211) in St. James.

    The entry fee is $45 per player or $160 for a table for four. The cost includes lunch, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Participants should also bring their 2019 mah-jongg cards.

    The deadline to register is May 17.

  • Shallotte River Swamp Park is always unveiling new things.

    This year it’s new Gettin’ Dirty ATV Tours revving up at the ziplining venue and alligator preserve at 5550 Watts Road off Four Mile Road between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The park has five new two-passenger all-terrain vehicles available for guided tours along newly carved trails, swamp park general manager George Howard said.

    He said they’re ready to launch the tours this Thursday, May 9.

  • They’re known as summer concerts but typically get under way weeks before the arrival of the summer solstice that officially kicks in at 11:54 a.m. EDT June 21.

    It’s no different for the 2019 lineup of free Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies, which have already begun and are scheduled to continue through Labor Day weekend and even later.

    In case of inclement weather, concerts may be canceled. To check cancellations, go to brunswickcountync.gov or call 910-253-2670.

    May 9 in Leland

  • Calling all amateur photographers.

    North Carolina Wildlife Federation is sponsoring its inaugural Wildlife Photography Contest that launched April 1 and continues through June 15.

    Did you catch a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis or an osprey diving in the water to catch its meal? How about a memorable sunset vista from the mountains or a picturesque sunrise on the Outer Banks?

    Submit these photos to share with North Carolinians and be one of three winners in our first photography contest.