Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    One in four homeowners can’t park in his or her garage.

    The United States has more storage facilities than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.

    And 90 percent of ours are full!

    When I heard those statistics from the Self Storage Association, I was floored. I’ll admit I’ve noticed I now pass as many storage unit businesses on driving trips as auto parts stores, so that should have provided a clue.

  • Educational toys and nourishing treats are essential elements of a puppy or kitten’s mental and physical development. Modern-day pets have the benefit of serious science backing our choices of snacks and playthings. Before you splurge on a novelty knickknack, consider these criteria when selecting your new furry family member’s rewards.

    Teaching with toys

  • White potatoes are the No. 1 vegetable crop in the world. Fresh potatoes used to be eaten daily by most Americans, but this has changed because of the increased availability of French fries, other frozen potato products, potato chips and dehydrated potatoes. According to an article published in Advances in Nutrition, fresh potato consumption has gone down by almost 50 percent, while processed potato consumption increased by two-thirds.

  • The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Center for Health & Fitness in Loris, S.C., on Thursday, Oct. 11.

    Blood donors must present two forms of identification, be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org.

  • Nonprofit profile: American Red Cross

    Cape Fear Chapter

    1102 S. 16th St.


    (910) 762-2683


    Eastern SC Chapter

    3531 Pampas Drive

    Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577

    (843) 477-0020


    Upcoming Red Cross blood drives


    550 U.S. 17 N.

    North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

    King of Glory Lutheran Church

    805 11th Ave. N. and Jordan Road

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Imagine that every person in the world had all of his or her natural life compressed into a single year, from start to finish. Talk about intense!

    That’s what it is like for the plants that we call“annual” species — those that germinate from seed, then grow as much as they can from a (usually) rather fibrous root system, finally going into reproductive “mode” and producing a crop of seeds, before drying up and withering away.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    I’m always amazed at the insights I get when walking our dog, Chloe.

    They don’t come right away. Sometimes I just take in the trees, breeze, flora and fauna. Often I find myself going over the day ahead in my mind while Chloe sniffs around and checks her “pee mail.”

  • Maybe we all need some comfort food right about now. How about pumpkin spice?

    For many the appearance of pumpkin spice lattes at the specialty coffee shops is a sure sign of fall. For others it’s a nostalgic flavor of holidays and family time that the homey flavor provides. Pumpkin spice-flavored foods are popping up everywhere this time of year.