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Today's Features

  • You can learn a lot about your pet’s health by simply parting a few hairs and peering below. Buried beneath all that fur and whiskers is a dog or cat’s largest organ, the skin, and the stories it shares range from battling bloodsuckers and allergic attacks to infectious onslaughts and hormonal upsets. Here are some visual clues the skin reveals about illness, infections and overall health. Learn to spot these signs and you’ll enhance quality of life and become a better pet parent. 

    Is this normal?

  • How many times have you heard the words “hang on!” and felt a serious intake of breath and an equally serious sense of mortality, if not terror?

    “Hang on!” cries the driver as s/he speeds out of the range of an oncoming car whose driver had misjudged both speed and distance. And hearts beat faster.

    “Hang on!” says the preacher who is about to deliver good news which, on the surface, seems to be more pressing a challenge than we can handle.

  • Here’s another question (and answer) from the North Carolina Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center:

  • After more than two decades spurring audiences to their feet, Liquid Pleasure has flowed into a cultural icon.

    The Chapel Hill-based band will be on hand for the next Sunset Beach summer concert the last day of July — 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday, July 31.

    From the beginning and continuing to the present, Liquid Pleasure has set its own path and pace, i.e., becoming a major recording entity.

  • “You’re exactly right, like a goose! She stretches her neck waaaay out like this…”

    I was on my first telephone call of the day with the remarkedly descriptive owner of Flora the Maltipoo, named after the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, naturally. Flora seemed to be suffering from chronic vomiting, although they’re seemed to be mild anxiety mixed in with potential neck pain. Despite the flowery description, I didn’t have the faintest clue what was going on.    

  • “Are the stars out tonight?

    I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright…”

    “I Only Have Eyes for You” – 1934, lyrics by Al Dubin.

  • According to a 2015 Gallup poll, approximately 20 percent of Americans are looking to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet. You may ask yourself “why” and “what is gluten anyway?” 

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you’re a bread baker, you know that gluten is essential for the tenderness and elasticity in bread. It also appears as an ingredient in many processed foods. 

  • It’s been a half-century since Neil Armstrong took a small step onto the moon that became a giant leap for mankind.

    The 50th anniversary of the American astronauts’ July 20, 1969, moon landing during the Apollo 11 mission is also being lauded locally.

    Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach has been celebrating the occasion with a daily noon showing of  “Apollo 11: Man’s First Step on the Moon,” in its Sky Theater.

  • Too Much Sylvia has been around for nearly three decades, consisting of four longtime musicians who have been on the coastal Carolina concert circuit even longer.

    Most people with any regional band savvy know Too Much Sylvia’s music by now. But next-to-nobody knows how the Charlotte-based band, which doesn’t have one female musician, got its name.

    It’s a little-known story that might best be left untold, Rick Lee, longtime keyboardist and vocalist for Too Much Sylvia, said with a chuckle.