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Today's Features

  • Air Force Airman Jonathan G. Terry, son of John R. Terry and Stacy Wallace of Oak Island, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Terry completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!

  • By Linda Arnold
    You may not think you complain very much.  

    I’d challenge you, though, to put a covered rubber band on your wrist for a few hours and snap it whenever you catch yourself whining about something — internally or externally.

    Just like smoking or overeating, complaining is a habit. And, when you repeat a behavior over and over, the neurons in your brain form familiar “go-to” pathways.

  • Air Force Airman Collin M. Leduc has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. He is the son of Robert Leduc of Southbury, Conn., and Laura Nelson of Lansing, Mich., and brother of Molly Ennis of Ocean Isle Beach and Ryan Dent of Lansing.

  • Come Saturday morning my daughter and I chat about this and that. We catch up on all the doings and delights, fun and fears of the week. We laugh uproariously at the silly stuff and engage in mutual angst over our faults and foibles, mishaps and perceived mayhem. We recollect and reconstruct all that has kept us in contained annoyance during the week. It’s more than a delightful weekly encounter. It’s a deliberate engagement that deepens our union and enhances our enjoyment of each other. It’s mom and daughter, woman to woman, friend with friend. And I love it.

  • 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.

  • A couple of weeks ago a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called Listeria. The food borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.

  • Flowering dogwood, one of the superstars of the spring flower show, is taking center stage. The excitement over this small tree is understandable, but, before you decide to plunk down the cash to add one to your landscape, remember our official state flower can be a bit of a diva.

    You’ve probably heard that dogwood was the wood of choice for the cross used to crucify Jesus. That’s a good story but, based on the horticulture, highly unlikely. Flowering dogwood is an understory tree that would never be considered for timber.

  • Get ready for more savory pork on your fork with a delectable port.

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road heats up for a second year Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Nine teams from throughout the region have signed up for this year’s cooking competition at the two-day event, which kicks off 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with a friendly wing competition at the winery at 6680 Barbeque Road.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band marches out “Bandtastic!,” its annual spring concert, in two performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach.

    Under the direction of Tom Smicklas and Michael Stringer, the concert will feature favorites including "A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein” and “Frank Sinatra in Concert” along with several Sousa marches.