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Today's Features

  • As if it’s not hot enough, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot is slated to set two Brunswick County summer stages afire.

    The sizzling seven-piece North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based rhythm-and-blues band, headlined by multi-talented namesake Lowder, will perform at two upcoming summer concerts in the coming week, at 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in Holden Beach and from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in Calabash.

    Smokin’ Hot is renowned for its high-energy stage presence and multi-faceted musical repertoire.

  • Summertime means free fun in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The town recreation department and the OIB Sea Turtle Protection Organization offer a variety of free events in coming days.

    Here’s a closer look at what’s in the coming week. All activities take place at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center at 44 E. First St.

    Make Your Own Ice Cream — Thursdays through Aug. 15. Join event organizers at the community center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to make your own ice cream in a bag.

  • Back by popular demand, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Ladies Night Out Purse Party returns Thursday, July 18.

    Planned from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick Senior Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road, this year’s event will once feature guess emcee Amanda Fitzpatrick of WWAY TV.

    Those interested in attending are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible as only 400 tickets will be sold.

    Tickets, $30 each, include a light dinner and there will be a cash bar for beer and wine.

  • Once again we’re seeing flour recalls in the news. This time it is Pillsbury flour. The new recall includes more than 4,600 cases of Pillsbury “Best Bread” flour. It has been shipped to retailers and distributors in 10 states. As far as they know, North Carolina is not one of these states.

    The Pillsbury flour was manufactured at the same mill in Buffalo, N.Y., that had a recall earlier this year of Baker’s Corner flour that is sold at Aldi. The King Arthur Flour Co. also recalled some of its flour because it was manufactured at the same mill.

  • This didn’t look good.

    Betsy followed a trail of pink droplets weaving from the kitchen floor all the way to her den. The path led to her basset hound, Aaron (named after Elvis, of course), curled in a corner. A reddish stain was spreading onto the carpet from his tummy area where he’d recently had a large fatty tumor removed.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    There will be lots of picnics this weekend and throughout the month of July, which just happens to be National Picnic Month. Summer holidays give families a break from school and work, but don’t let it also be a break from being smart about food safety. More care is needed since foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. Keep your picnics healthy and safe by remembering the following tips.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Job responsibilities. To-do lists. Childcare.

    If your relationship with your spouse or partner is consumed with the day-to-day running of your lives together, you may not realize the toll it’s taking.

    Sure, you’re getting stuff done. Are you really sharing your lives, though? You may be rolling your eyes and thinking, “Who has time for that?” All the more reason to listen up.

    Over time, this happens with every relationship. And it takes work to shift from a superficial level to a deeper level.

  •  “O thou weed, who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet

    That the sense aches at thee, would thou hadst ne’er been born!

    Shakespeare, Othello, IV, 2

    Here we have another Jekyll and Hyde plant — one that is indeed “lovely fair” and quite attractive, but one which, at the same time, is a most loathsome invader. The plant pictured was found in the upstate portion of South Carolina not so long ago, and populations of it seem to be moving closer to our coast.

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash has been chosen to host the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 2019 Travel Exhibition.

    The show runs from June 14 through Aug. 14 with a public reception Friday evening, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The exhibition consists of 33 paintings chosen from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual show.

  • Now that school’s out and summer’s almost here, local libraries are celebrating the season with children’s summer reading programs.

    This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” at both Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte and the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores.

    Rourk Branch Library

    Registration for Rourk Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program began this week, starting Monday, June 3.