• Ingram Planetarium invites all to a free celebration of International Observe the Moon Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Visitors will learn why the moon is special in our solar system while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities that include observing the moon itself, weather permitting. If weather is poor, visitors can still enjoy free activities in the Paul Dennis Science Hall at Ingram Planetarium.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    With so much fighting going on in our world, it’s easy to focus just on getting the win. At all costs.

    I’m thinking you’ll agree there’s more division among political ranks now than in recent memory … or ever.

  • "You might not want to do that.”

    I looked up as I felt a gentle hand pull me away.

    “I don’t really recommend kissing Buttons. Her breath is kind of … let’s just say she could use a breath mint!”

    One of my favorite perks of being a veterinarian is getting kisses from my patients. I love puppy snuggles, kitty headbutts and good, old-fashioned face-lickings. Nothing gives me greater joy than the affection of the pets I serve. I wasn’t going to let this whiff warning prevent Buttons and I from smooching.

  • Oct. 10 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

    Obesity is our pets’ No. 1 health threat. Today’s dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. Unfortunately, they’re also more likely to have obesity than ever and costly weight-related diseases. When it comes to preventing disease and helping your pet live a long, healthy, pain-free life, there may be nothing more important than maintaining a healthy weight.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    I had a very humbling experience recently.

    I was unaware while driving and ended up practically running a stop sign — yikes!

    To be honest, it wasn’t even a “rolling stop.” I was rushing to get somewhere, and I wasn’t paying enough attention to what was really important.

    Fortunately, I was stopped by a police officer, and I credit the experience — and that officer — for a major wakeup call.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    What’s the difference, botanically, between a “reed” and a “cane?” I’m not sure I know: both of these are very old words that tend to refer to hollow-stemmed, grass-like plants. Here is a plant that seems to fit, and is, as well, a true member of the grass family.

  • Hurricane Florence delayed but hasn’t washed out Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s 10th-anniversary Haunted Trail this year.

    The annual popular spooky trek for 2018 is scheduled to launch at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 12, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown.

  • It was only a matter of time before Nicholas Sparks set his sights on scenic Sunset Beach.

    That’s where his newest romance unfolds in “Every Breath,” the latest novel by the renowned author, whose love stories and movies are typically situated somewhere along the Carolinas coast.

  • Indigo Farms at 1542 Hickman Road is not having Farm Heritage Day activities Saturday, Oct. 6. 

  • When the sun sets on summer in Sunset Beach, it’s time for Sunset at Sunset.

    The annual autumn event is scheduled to happen again this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in front of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Beach.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph counts a record, full-capacity number of participants at this year’s event — 116 craft and nonprofit vendors and 19 “soup to nuts” food vendors

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There are places here in the Southeast that naturalists call “pocosins.” These are generally thought of as wetland habitats of the coastal plain, dominated by a fairly large list of plants, most of which are adapted to fires. That is, they respond “positively” to occasional burning. Pocosins are often characterized by peaty soils derived from sphagnum moss deposits.

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • By Don Price

    Guest Columnist

    Imagine, if you will, you wanted to experience the wonders of time travel. You have been reading about the writers of our constitution and decided you really would like to experience life in their history-making environment.

    Or, suppose you have been dreaming about a future where technology has advanced to the point where cell phones are a part of ancient history, and you wanted to enjoy all those wonderful benefits available at that time.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty ...
                                    — Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    My heart is so full.

    I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on my life over the past several weeks as I prepared to be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

    I’m deeply honored by this recognition. And it was hard to condense my thoughts into a brief acceptance speech.

    What came up for me was extreme gratitude for all the people in my life — and the events along the way that seemed like random loose threads, yet were woven into a rich tapestry.

  • That annoying buzzing in your ear? I hate it. It’s the sound of the deadliest animal on the planet: the mosquito. I hate them, too.

    To most Americans, it’s merely a nuisance; to about two million people worldwide and untold millions of dogs, cats and other animals, that sound can be a harbinger of disease and death. We’re not talking about the death of a few 1800s Amazonian explorers; we’re talking nearly 440 million deaths worldwide each year. All by a critter not much bigger than a grain of rice.