Today's Features

  • Santa at the Farm festivities

    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

    Santa will be at Horseplay Farms to welcome children and present a gift for each one. Our Heroes will provide lunch, equine activities and games. Pre-registration is required.

    Winter Camp 2018

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-28

    for ages 5-12; $150


    1757 Clemmons Road, Bolivia


    Call 253-7722 or go to horseplayfarms.net

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s an oddball sort of bush.

    It’s a native species — nothing odd about that — and it was originally restricted entirely to the coast, from North Carolina all the way to Mississippi. Now, though, it is common well inland within all of these states, and beyond, and appears to be continuing its spread.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Just on the off chance your holidays are not totally Norman Rockwell-esque, take a look at the following checklist.

    Right now I’m feeling:

    _____ Jolly

    _____ Frenzied

    ______ Sad

    ______ Lonely

    ______ Overwhelmed

    _______ All of the above

    As a result, I’ve been:

    _______ Kicking my system into overdrive

    ______ Giving up sleep for the month of December

  • Life is filled with wonderful surprises. Not too long ago, Hubby Dear and I were treated to a brief but spectacular encounter, the unexpected delight of sharing lunch with a “long-lost” friend. The delight was more than doubled by the inclusion of two women we had never met. An instantaneous connection became our universal joy.

  • One thing we don’t want to give or share this holiday season is a foodborne illness. Sometimes called food poisoning, a foodborne illness is a sickness that you get from eating or drinking something that has been contaminated with disease causing microorganisms, chemicals or other harmful substances.

  • There are few things in veterinary medicine more complex — and confusing — than a dog’s liver function. Deciding which liver tests are needed and decoding the multitude of serum chemistries and biomarkers can prove challenging. Once the results are complete, deciphering if an abnormal liver test is actually, well, abnormal often creates further diagnostic drama. And by drama, I mean Dudley.

  • StATUSA is hosting an Angel Tree Christmas party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at StAT Community Resource Center, 5285 Main St., Unit 23, Shallotte. Needed are unwrapped gifts of $20 value for children through age 7 or a $20 gift card for children 8 and older.

    The drop-off point for donations is at New Life Christian Book Store at 5285 Main St., Unit 10, in Shallotte. Gift cards can be mailed to StAT USA, P.O. Box 2434, Shallotte, NC 28459.

    Donations must be received by Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • McLeod Hospice is offering a grief support group at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at McLeod Health Loris, 3655 Mitchell St., Loris, S.C., for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Anyone in the community who is dealing with a loss can participate in the support group.

    The purpose of the grief support group is to provide ways for dealing with grief, support for the process of grief, an environment to meet other people who are grieving and an opportunity to share and receive emotional support.

  • A fourth year of funding for ECU’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) will mean new ways for seniors in eastern North Carolina to access health care.

    The first ECU/Goshen Medical and flu mobile medical unit will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 100 Varnamtown Road in Supply. Goshen will bill insurance for patients who are insured. Walgreens will provide free flu vaccines for those without insurance. Walgreens will provide flu vaccines for those with insurance and insurance will be billed.

  • Contact: Brunswick Family Assistance

    4600-10 Main St., Shallotte, 754-4766

    324-I Village Road, Leland, 408-1365

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1551, Shallotte 28459

    Email: brunswickfamily@yahoo.com

    Website: brunswickfamily.org

    It may just be the first week of December, but the angels and elves with the Brunswick Family Assistance Tree of Hope/Angel Tree/Christmas Basket program are just about ready to wrap things up.