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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    The first 30 seconds. That’s when initial impressions are formed.

    We’ve all been there. You have an important request, and you’re wondering what to do. How will you come across?

    You may think you’re being direct, although others could interpret it as blunt. Or you think you need to provide more background, and your request can come across as wishy-washy.

    This is where you need to size up your audience — even if it’s only an audience of one.

  • Does the headline grab you? Is it intriguing or simply confusing? Perhaps it’s both … and more. The three-letter word I am referencing is ALL. All is such a common creature, easily spoken but hardly understood, or deeply heard. All commands attentiveness to the entirety of things, of people, of creation as subjects to be reverenced rather than objects to be reviled. All makes walking divinity’s narrow road much more confusing and complicated than the apparent simplicity of the broad, unfettered, well-paved road of life.

  • Every pet owner I know wants to provide the best for their dog or cat. When it comes to best care, one thing every pet owner can, and should, do is have their pet’s teeth cleaned by their veterinarian at least yearly.

    This is nonnegotiable for me. Even if you can’t brush, rinse, give treats or apply gels, you can take your pet to the veterinarian for professional teeth cleaning.

    I know why you don’t; you’re worried about cost and concerned about safety. I get it. Let’s explore these objections a little further.

  • Only one in 20 Americans eats enough fiber! This means 95 percent of us are not getting enough fiber in our daily diet.

    Most people know fiber adds bulk to the diet and it is important for a healthy intestines and good bowel movements. But dietary fiber can also help to reduce the risks of developing high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Fiber is also great for people trying to lose weight because it makes you feel full and slows the emptying of the stomach.

  • Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and CIS Thrift Shops are hosting their annual CIS Back to School Supply Drive during August. Supplies will be collected at all four CIS Thrift Shops and the CIS main office.

  • It took a team effort to aid a seagull that got entangled in kite debris last week in Holden Beach.

    Photographer Alan Van Vliet of West End was vacationing here with his wife Elaine and captured the rescue images about 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the 1100 block of West Ocean Boulevard.

    Vliet spotted the gull as it flew overhead.

  • National Lighthouse Day is officially recognized next Tuesday, Aug. 7.

    In commemoration of that, it’s an ideal time to shine some light on Brunswick County’s two public-friendly lighthouses.

    The Old Baldy Foundation is celebrating with National Lighthouse Weekend, an array of events Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, centered around North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy, which turned 200 last year on Bald Head Island.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s youth company, Stagestruck Players, will hold auditions for “Elf JR.,” based on the movie, Aug. 25 and 26.

    Youth 12 through 18 auditioning need to prepare 16 to 32 bars of a musical theater song. Children 9 through 11 must demonstrate singing ability.

    All will be taught a movement combination to be performed. All should be prepared to read from the script and improvise if asked.

  • Beach music has long been a tradition in the South, and The Entertainers, who are scheduled to entertain at the next Calabash Summer Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, are proud to have shared in that tradition for more than 30 years.

    The Charlotte-based band, launched in 1980, scored its first regional smash hit with “Living for the Summer” that same year.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    I’m pleased to introduce you to young Herrick Brown, a former undergraduate student of mine, now with a master’s degree, and currently our assistant curator here at the USC Herbarium. Herrick does it all! He’s also our botanical “liaison” within the Heritage Trust Program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, just a couple of blocks away. Not only does he collect and identify plants, carefully making labels for the pressed, dried sheets, he helps with filing them in our collection.