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Today's Features

  • Air Force Airman 1st Class De’montae M. Frink has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Frink completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Many folks are planning to travel over the holidays. This may lead to two different potential food safety problems. The first is what to do with any food left behind in the home refrigerator and the other is foods you may be taking with you.

  • Raleigh-based The Moonlighters Orchestra performs its special brand of Big Band with a little swing 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland. Tickets are $10. Go to townofleland.com/moonlighters-orchestra-concert for more information.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s an oddball sort of bush.

    It’s a native species — nothing odd about that — and it was originally restricted entirely to the coast, from North Carolina all the way to Mississippi. Now, though, it is common well inland within all of these states, and beyond, and appears to be continuing its spread.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Just on the off chance your holidays are not totally Norman Rockwell-esque, take a look at the following checklist.

    Right now I’m feeling:

    _____ Jolly

    _____ Frenzied

    ______ Sad

    ______ Lonely

    ______ Overwhelmed

    _______ All of the above

    As a result, I’ve been:

    _______ Kicking my system into overdrive

    ______ Giving up sleep for the month of December

  • Life is filled with wonderful surprises. Not too long ago, Hubby Dear and I were treated to a brief but spectacular encounter, the unexpected delight of sharing lunch with a “long-lost” friend. The delight was more than doubled by the inclusion of two women we had never met. An instantaneous connection became our universal joy.

  • One thing we don’t want to give or share this holiday season is a foodborne illness. Sometimes called food poisoning, a foodborne illness is a sickness that you get from eating or drinking something that has been contaminated with disease causing microorganisms, chemicals or other harmful substances.

  • There are few things in veterinary medicine more complex — and confusing — than a dog’s liver function. Deciding which liver tests are needed and decoding the multitude of serum chemistries and biomarkers can prove challenging. Once the results are complete, deciphering if an abnormal liver test is actually, well, abnormal often creates further diagnostic drama. And by drama, I mean Dudley.

  • StATUSA is hosting an Angel Tree Christmas party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at StAT Community Resource Center, 5285 Main St., Unit 23, Shallotte. Needed are unwrapped gifts of $20 value for children through age 7 or a $20 gift card for children 8 and older.

    The drop-off point for donations is at New Life Christian Book Store at 5285 Main St., Unit 10, in Shallotte. Gift cards can be mailed to StAT USA, P.O. Box 2434, Shallotte, NC 28459.

    Donations must be received by Thursday, Dec. 13.