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Today's Features

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    By Linda Arnold

    Are there people in your life who magnify everything around them? It’s like one crisis after the other.

    Whether it’s complaining, gossiping or lamenting their lot in life, it can truly be exhausting! Chances are, you’re not going to change the other person. This is their modus operandi. And you’ve always been there to listen to their continued rants.

  • Over the past 26 years as a practicing veterinarian, I have performed A LOT of surgeries pulling piles of leaves, grass, potting soil and rocks out of dogs’ stomachs and intestinal tracts. To this day, one of my saddest losses was a Corgi who inexplicably wolfed down over three pounds of sand and died. Fortunately, that’s an exceedingly rare tragedy, and most cases of eating grass, rocks and other such nonsense result in nothing more than vomiting and diarrhea.

    But still, why in the world do dogs eat that stuff?

     

  • This probably isn’t going to be a hard topic to sell … but there may be another good reason to eat chocolate. A new study out last month says eating dark chocolate may improve your eyesight.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance is sponsoring a Sea and Sand fundraiser Friday, July 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The Sea and Sand Band will provide live music for dancing. Cash bar and sandwiches.

    Tickets are $18 per person. Call 754-4766 by July 18.

    All proceeds benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • The Roosevelt & Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation, in partnership with Godwin’s Life Coaching and the Brunswick Arts Council, will host a “Dream Bigger with the Arts” workshop Saturday, July 14, at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in Shallotte.

    This two-hour session will help participant kick-start goals while having fun creating art.

    Onsite registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee is $7 and includes lunch and a vision board kit.

  • Make plans to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • Band of Oz, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, touts a rich history spanning 50 years in North Carolina.

    In the mid-1960s, a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born in the Pitt County town of Grifton.

    The group was described as a “guitar and keyboard group playing the sock hops at area schools, private parties and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”

  • Cedar Grove Middle School eighth-grader Shelby Whitwam won the title of Miss Teen Legend at the National Southeast Showdown competition June 22-23 in Lexington, S.C.