Today's Features

  • Letters From Home, a military tribute duo launched in North Carolina, will perform a special show at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    In 2010, Erinn Diaz founded Letters From Home in Winston-Salem with a mission to tour the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music.

  • In keeping with the seasonal spirit of fun coupled with a little competition, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce initiates the first Brunsco Spring Fling and Brunsco Battlefield from Friday, May 4, until Sunday, May 6, on a vacant field in front of Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Festivities begin 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with Family Night, featuring fair rides, games and a food, beer and wine garden.

  • It’s all about the headwear, the bourbon and the music.

    For the fifth year, the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club serves up Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style “fund racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    With presenting sponsor Novant Health, highlights include Most Glamorous and Most Outrageous hat contests for the ladies and “most dashing derbster” for the men, prizes included.

  • Colorful dancing and foods once again highlight Fiesta Mexicana, which falls on Cinco de Mayo this Saturday, May 5, on the grounds of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte.

    Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission and parking are free.

    This year’s fifth annual event features fancy footwork (baile folklorico, salsa and Zumba), food and fun, said Sister Mary Teresa, coordinator of St. Brendan’s Hispanic ministry.

  • Belville celebrates its 41st anniversary and Founders Day with music, food and craft vendors and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Three bands are providing entertainment this year, including Soul-R-Fusion at noon, Jenny and The Hatch Brothers at 1:30 p.m. and Soul on the Beach.

    Soul-R-Fusion is an original acoustic duo consisting of Alex Goodell on fretless bass and Tim Koehler on acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica.

  • Results are in from two free diabetes screening and education events provided by the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina: The Brunswick Center at Leland and the Brunswick County Health Department.

    Of those who were tested, 50 percent of individuals had elevated blood levels, indicating they were pre-diabetic.

  • Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry will host its seventh annual Dentistry from the Heart event Friday, May 4, when dental services will be provided to the community for free on a first-come, first served basis.

    The event begins at 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 3071 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in Bolivia. Volunteers will arrive at dawn to make the day run smoothly and patients feel welcomed and comfortable while they wait to be treated. More than 200 local residents will receive treatment including exams, X-rays, cleanings or and extractions at the event.

  • If tax time had you awake in the wee hours of the morning watching television, you saw all kinds of old movie marathons. I was watching several of the old “Dirty Harry” Clint Eastwood flicks last week. You’ll remember Harry Callihan as the anti-hero with the unconventional methods who always helps the good guys win. 

    What if there was a “Dirty Harry” for horticulture whose sole purpose was to prevent unnecessary insults and poor treatment of plants — a crape myrtle cop, a verbena vigilante? 

  • A couple weeks ago I wrote about NC Catch, Brunswick Catch and the NC10% Campaign. All of these groups encourage us to eat more fish — especially local fish. I’d like to pick up on this topic again.

    Living by the coast gives us some wonderful advantages. Not only can we go to the beach, but we can get fresh locally caught seafood more often. This makes it easier for us to achieve those nutrition and health recommendations that say eat more fish. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week.

  • “Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients …” — Hippocrates


    “I can’t remember if I gave her all the pills; she certainly didn’t like them. I’m pretty sure she got most of them. I don’t understand why she’s still sick?”

    At least she was honest. Caring for a sick pet can be a challenge.