• 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.

  • Grand Strand Chapter 3 SC

    President: Walt Koren

    P.O. Box 370

    North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

    (843) 503-6590

    Meets at 2:30 p.m. alternating third Sundays at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River, S.C., and VFW Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, S.C.


    Chapter 3 NC

    President: Jacqueline Braun

    P.O. Box 3726

    Wilmington, NC 28406

    (910) 520-9269

  • Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on United States landmarks.

    Local ceremonies and events will once again pay tribute, including in Brunswick County.

    Bob Gustavson, longtime 9/11 coordinator for the FDNY-Carolinas Retirees Association, said the group as it does annually is hosting or participating in 9/11 events to remember the tragic events that befell the country on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Bottom. ”Thisby, the flowers of odious savours sweet, — “

    Quince. “Odours, odours.”

    Bottom. “— odours savours sweet …”

    — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 1

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Do you often find yourself bending over backwards for others in your life?

    You try your best to accommodate family members, coworkers, friends, etc. Yet, it never seems to be your turn.

    You think you’re taking “the high road,” although it doesn’t get you where you need to go. Maybe it’s time to recalculate your internal GPS.

    I don’t like going against my core instincts. None of us do.

  • I didn’t know if I was looking at a cocker spaniel or miniature Cujo. Gracie, a 3-year-old sweetie I’d known since puppyhood, was a hot mess of mangled fur, dripping drool and wild eyes. At that moment, she was about as sweet as a jalapeño pepper.

    “I turned my back for a second and she swiped my allergy medication off the counter. I didn’t think it would hurt her. Then she started acting like this a couple hours later. Can you help her?”

  • Labor Day weekend means arts and crafts on Oak Island.

    The Oak Island Art Guild’s 29thAnnual Arts & Crafts Festival is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the Middleton Park soccer field at SE 46thStreet and Dolphin Drive on Oak Island. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 2.

    Featured will be 136 artists, crafters and other vendors displaying and selling handmade wares and selling assorted food.

    This year’s creative offerings are divided into 10 categories, vendor manager Penny Prettyman said.

  • Do you remember what it was like to talk with friends and loved ones? Do you remember what that feels like? Hold on to that feeling when you audition for “Almost Maine” by John Cariani, published by Dramatist Play Service.

    Auditions are 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 in Room 1B at Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River SE in Southport.

  • By Martha Koletar

    Guest Columnist

    There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s back-to-school time, and that means school buses on the highways while we drive to our next field trip destination. The end of summer is a good time to look for the season’s “late bloomers.” This in one of them, and it can really make a “point.”