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Today's Features

  • Makai Brewing Company at 5851 Ocean Hwy. W., Unit 1, Ocean Isle Beach, is brewing a special beer, the Loggerhead Lager, and is offering a portion of the proceeds to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehab Hospital, the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch and Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization.

    The special batch is scheduled for release this Saturday, May 25, and will be available for sale starting at noon until 9 p.m.

  • It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of the country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Thursday, May 30.

    Here’s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.

    Memorial Day in Calabash

  • 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.

  • You probably know what I’m talking about when I say “screen time.” It is time spent looking at computers, cell phones, tablets and televisions. These days people tend have their noses into these screens all the time and pay little attention to others around them. It’s estimated that the average person has seven to 10 hours of “screen time” every day.

  • Memorial Day is a time to salute those who served the country and to launch the unofficial start of summer.

    Plan to celebrate this weekend and all summer long by exploring North Carolina’s rich variety of natural and cultural resources.

    See the great outdoors at a state park, special offerings at a history, science or art museum, or the launch of Summerfest, the North Carolina Symphony outdoor concert series, over the weekend at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

  • Pure Markets kicks off the summer markets season at Ocean Isle Beach with the OIB Memorial Day Market on Monday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Causeway Drive between Second Street and Gatha Drive.

    The following week, the OIB Summer Market begins Tuesday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues every Tuesday through Aug. 27 at the same site.

    All items sold at Pure Markets are handmade, homemade and homegrown.

  • I prithee go and get me some repast;

    I care not what, so it be wholesome food.

    Shakespeare — Taming of the Shrew, IV, 3.

    One of my students brought this one in the other day. It is a little plant worth a considerable amount of discussion. Here are a few thoughts.

    It’s a carnivorous plant, meaning that it is able to capture and digest animal life as a means of augmenting whatever minerals and other goodies (especially nitrogen and phosphorus) are available to it in the wild.

  • By Linda Arnold

    “I can’t believe this is happening.” “Why don’t things work out for me?” “Life is NOT fair.”

    You’re a good person. You play by the rules. And yet you keep having setback after setback. Nothing is going your way.

    The reality that life is not fair can be difficult to grasp. You’re generally taught if you work hard enough — and long enough — you’ll achieve your goals.

  • One of the most disturbing, embarrassing and often disgusting disorders a pet can develop is diarrhea.

    Runny stools can distress more than your pet’s tummy. Your pet becomes upset because it had an accident, often on a favorite rug or bedspread. You get agitated because you’ve got to clean up the mess. Many times, you feel helpless and don’t know what to do next.

  • 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.