Today's Features

  • The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Holden Beach’s summer concert series stage starting at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday, June 10, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  • Arts In Motion, a summer camp for children ages 4-12 (K-5) sponsored by the North Brunswick High School Band, will take place June 18-22 at NBHS at 114 Scorpion Drive in Leland. Cost is $50 per child. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

    Students are paired with grade level peers and energetic camp counselors. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

    To register, text ARTSK52018 to 81010 or contact camp director Christopher Cook at 371-2261, ext. 1147 or ccook@bcswan.net.

  • Frank Sinatra crooned “I gotta be me” and Sammy Davis Jr. joined him in proclaiming the need to be who they were meant to be. I often wondered if they were both searching for an identity beyond fame and fortune. I thought about the fans who screamed their adulation as well as those who sought a place in the spotlight in which both men found prominence. 

  • By John Nelson

    When the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion finally got to the witch’s castle to rescue Dorothy, they probably had to crawl through this stuff — perfect for a witch’s garden.

  • Most cuts of beef come from either the front quarter or the hindquarter. The better cuts come from the hindquarter, which are more expensive than the front quarter. They include T-bone, sirloin, sirloin tips and filet mignon. The best cut from the front quarter is the rib steak (and roast) section.

  • Last March I wrote about National Nutrition Month. This is an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year, the theme was “Go Further with Food” and the educational focus was on right-sizing the amounts of foods we buy and eat, both to maintain a healthy weight and a balanced diet, but also to reduce food waste across the country.

  • “Yes, all of the blinds: living room, dining room, bedroom — all of them.”

    I looked disbelievingly at the mellow Maltipoo at my feet.

    “It looked like a tornado hit our house. I’m so worried Maxine will hurt herself or have a heart attack. Can dogs have a heart attack?”

  • By Linda Arnold


    When my husband John was 26, a book came across his radar that provided a defining life moment. That book was “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

    While the title suggests the book is about money, it’s more about a way of life. The author, Napoleon Hill, presents guiding principles for prosperity and abundance in all areas of life. John shared those principles with me, and we both incorporated them into our respective careers and personal lives.

  • The weather of late reminds me of the tired, old joke about the disgruntled restaurant patron who asks the surly waiter, “What’s a fly doing in my soup?” A cursory glance brought the comment, “It looks like the backstroke, sir.”

    Backstroke, butterfly or freestyle, lots of us have been dealing with too much water lately. While that may be only a minor inconvenience for most of us solved with a good umbrella, our plants aren’t so fortunate. Saturated soils mean we will see lots of root-related problems.

  • Whit and Betty Swain of Sunset Beach will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 4. Married at the United States Naval Academy’s chapel on graduation day 1958 when Whit was commissioned into the Air Force, they have enjoyed their life together as they took on the responsibilities of family and the military life with all that entails, moving 22 times in 35 years of service.