Today's Features

  • Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • It’s time to talk turtles at local beaches.

    The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol announces its first Turtle Talk of the summer, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is limited.

  • Music, adoptable animals, food trucks and a beer and wine garden are among attractions at Paws-Ability’s second annual BandFest scheduled from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N. in Sunset Beach.

    This year’s event will once again feature live music by Sunset Beach-based Sea & Sand Band, in addition to an appearance by award-winning country music artist Trey Calloway of Cornelius and lately of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Admission is free.

  • The U.S. International Ballet (USIB) will present a world-premier performance of “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The performance will feature Italian ballet stars and artistic directors Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini, who have staged this premier with 23 professional dancers from five countries.

  • So, what are your thoughts? Do you keep your butter at room temperature, in the refrigerator or in the freezer?

    If you read this column frequently, you know I frequently stress the “two-hour” rule that states perishable foods should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.

    Why? At the two-hour mark, there has been enough time for any bacteria in or on the food to have multiplied to a level that could make someone sick.

  • Summer may be the time for kicking back and relaxing for humans, but it’s a stressful time in the garden. Hot days, warm nights and short-term droughts conspire to send those plants that prefer the cooler times into horticultural heaven sometimes known as the compost pile. But, if you want easy summer living in the garden and you want to show your team spirit, crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp.) are hot-weather high performers.

  • Keep Brunswick County Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Each year, Keep America Beautiful affiliates conduct an assessment of the overall appearance of a section of their community, using indicators such as litter, illegal signs and graffiti, using the Community Appearance Index. The data gathered is used to develop a local plan to address litter and related issues.

  • We usually take celery for granted, right? It adds crunch to potato salads, flavor to chicken stock and what would turkey stuffing be without celery?

    I’ve been writing this food column for just more than 13 years now, and recently a friend of mine asked me if I could write a column about celery. I said no problem. Luckily, I have many celery recipes, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. We tend to forget how often we use celery in recipes, so I’ve included some common uses and a few recent recipes of mine.

  • By John Nelson

    Wetlands are natural habitats featuring a lot of water … usually. They are dynamic ecosystems, exhibiting a number of complicated physical and biological interactions. They also provide home for a huge array of plant and animal species.

    Across North America, unfortunately, many kinds of wetlands are becoming increasingly rare, as they have commonly fallen victim to urbanization and landscape manipulation. Of course, when wetlands are sufficiently disturbed or destroyed, their resident plants and animals also suffer, commonly disappearing.

  • By Linda Arnold


    A friend said to me recently, “On the outside it looks like I’m living the dream. Yet, I have this hollow feeling inside, a nagging that keeps tugging at me. And then I feel guilty for not being more grateful.”

    If you feel like you’re drifting or “stuck,” you’re in good company. Lots of folks are in this boat  and beating themselves up because they just don’t feel “jazzed.”