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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Officers

    President: Jeff Harrelson

    Vice president/ parade co-chairman: John Crowder

    Secretary: Faye Burckhalter

    Meetings

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

    Contact

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

    Website

    NCChristmasFestival.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).

  • We are deep into Christmas countdown. Everything around us screams, “We have only a few days in which to accomplish all we had planned to do.” Such a short time remains for all the unexpected or forgotten obligations. The pace quickens as the stores are depleted even of their shopworn choices. Jingling bells jangle the nerves. Comments are heard all around that “this Christmas stuff gets old fast!”

  • Air Force Airman 1st Class De’montae M. Frink has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Frink completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • "It’s supposed to be a SURPRISE!”

    It was about 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve when my pager announced my dinner would have to wait.

    “I had her hidden in a closet all day and now she’s not moving!”