Today's Features

  • By John Nelson


    Sitting in the stand of the sports arena

    Waiting for the show to begin

    Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine

    A good friend of mine, follows the stars

    Venus and Mars

    Are alright tonight

                    Wings, ‘Venus and Mars,’ 1975


  • By Linda Arnold


    “You are the average of the five people you spent the most time with,” says author and speaker Jim Rohn.

    Take a minute and let that sink in. We all surround ourselves with certain people — friends, colleagues and relatives.  Those may change over time, although there’s a tendency for a core group to stick around.

  • Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • It’s time to talk turtles at local beaches.

    The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol announces its first Turtle Talk of the summer, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is limited.

  • Music, adoptable animals, food trucks and a beer and wine garden are among attractions at Paws-Ability’s second annual BandFest scheduled from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N. in Sunset Beach.

    This year’s event will once again feature live music by Sunset Beach-based Sea & Sand Band, in addition to an appearance by award-winning country music artist Trey Calloway of Cornelius and lately of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Admission is free.

  • The U.S. International Ballet (USIB) will present a world-premier performance of “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The performance will feature Italian ballet stars and artistic directors Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini, who have staged this premier with 23 professional dancers from five countries.

  • So, what are your thoughts? Do you keep your butter at room temperature, in the refrigerator or in the freezer?

    If you read this column frequently, you know I frequently stress the “two-hour” rule that states perishable foods should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.

    Why? At the two-hour mark, there has been enough time for any bacteria in or on the food to have multiplied to a level that could make someone sick.

  • Summer may be the time for kicking back and relaxing for humans, but it’s a stressful time in the garden. Hot days, warm nights and short-term droughts conspire to send those plants that prefer the cooler times into horticultural heaven sometimes known as the compost pile. But, if you want easy summer living in the garden and you want to show your team spirit, crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp.) are hot-weather high performers.

  • Keep Brunswick County Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Each year, Keep America Beautiful affiliates conduct an assessment of the overall appearance of a section of their community, using indicators such as litter, illegal signs and graffiti, using the Community Appearance Index. The data gathered is used to develop a local plan to address litter and related issues.