Today's Features

  • Ed Bearss, 95-year-old Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, will again take center stage at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 9, for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table’s first monthly meeting of the New Year.

    Appearing for the eighth time, his presentation is “Reflections on the Civil War.”

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life in the coming year, it’s helpful to look at what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • The Sunday within the octave of Christmas, in the Roman Catholic tradition, is designated as Holy Family Sunday. It emerges annually between Christmas Day and the feast of the Epiphany. Although the designation indicates memory of the unique Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, it is as well a celebration of the universal family of God. This commemoration rejoices in the reality of our human connectedness, no matter how we declare our denomination or designation or lack thereof.

  • Here’s a little secret: my favorite holiday is New Year’s Day. For me, it's a time to purposefully reflect on the previous year and an opportunity to chart a path for the next. At the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, you have the next 365 days to improve your health, relationships, and career; a gift to truly treasure. While you’re planning your personal improvements, don’t forget to include your dogs and cats. Here are some healthy pet goals I wish every pet family would make this year.

  • This is the time people begin to think about making changes in their lives to achieve better health in the New Year. These changes and goals come in the form of resolutions that get broken quickly. I think one of the biggest problems with resolutions is people try to do too much all at once.

    An idea I heard about from Food and Health Communication (foodandhealth.com) is to develop a plan for the whole year. The concept is to make one little change each month and then keep building on these changes. At the end of the year perhaps you’ll have 12 new, healthier habits.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    “For to make chireseye, tak chiryes at þe feast of Seynt Iohn þe Baptist, & do awey þe stonys …”

    — Hieatt, Constance B. and Sharon Butler. Curye on Inglish: English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth-Century (Including the Forme of Cury). New York: for The Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press, 1985.

  • SHALLOTTE — Regular customers already know Sugar Confections Bakery is a sweet place.

    Now, it’s confirmed after the Shallotte bakery yielded honors as the “third sweetest bakery” in North Carolina in Michigan-based Dawn Foods’ Sweetest Bakery in America Contest.

    Bakery owner Monique Holenko was recently notified by her sales rep that her Main Street bakery placed just behind first-place winner Clayton Bakery & Café just outside Raleigh.

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    President: Jeff Harrelson

    Vice president/ parade co-chairman: John Crowder

    Secretary: Faye Burckhalter


    7 p.m. second Mondays starting in February at the Dixie Youth ball field in Leland Community Park on Village Road in Leland


    Call 371-9921 or email jcrowder4@ec.rr.com



  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Singular: “Wasp.” Plural: “Wasps.” Right?

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "And to all a good night.” I find the last line of “The Night Before Christmas” to be so comforting and so appropriate right now.

    You know the feeling when you’re ready to go to bed and you stop to reflect on the day (unless you’re running tomorrow’s to-do list through your head or you haven’t hit the OFF button on the TV remote).