Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Here is a woodland herb that can be found in shaded forests, often along damp, mossy creek banks in rocky woods. It likes places in the mountain and piedmont counties, but it also occurs, here and there, in the coastal plain. It is very widespread in North America, and was first named from plants seen in Canada. Its distribution includes all of the eastern states, south to northern Florida, and west to the Great Plains.

  • By Linda Arnold


    It sounds so simple. Say what you mean — and mean what you say. 

    Then why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • “Idiot what?”

    Based on the current situation, I could understand the pet owner’s frustration and worry and overlook the slight. On my exam table lay his nearly lifeless dog, Chloe. Chloe had recently celebrated her sixth birthday and 48 hours ago was a perfectly healthy cocker spaniel. When I saw her, she could barely raise her head and was pale as my lab coat.




    Stan and Tess Barwikowski


    3 p.m. third Sundays except July and November at Silver Coast Winery



    Stan Barwikowski (910) 579-5235

    e-mail oceanisleaws@gmail.com

  • The Willis Richardson Players present “All the World’s A Stage, A Musical Revue,” in two performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Thalian Hall Studio Theatre, 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Admission is $20.

    The Willis Richardson Players, Wilmington’s historically African American theater company, is a nonprofit organization organized in 1974. The troupe only presents a couple of shows annually.

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    Kathy Kimbrough


    Trish Kelley


    6622 Beach Drive

    Ocean Isle Beach

    Facility hours

    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays

    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays







    Go ahead — call the team of dedicated volunteers at Cat Tails crazy cat ladies and gents.

    They don’t mind one kibble-bit.

  • In Cincinnati, a popular chili served over spaghetti is called Cincinnati chili, and the most popular local restaurant that serves this unique dish is called Skyline. Many people also refer to it as Skyline chili.

    My first indulgence into this Midwestern creation was back in Akron, Ohio, at the Waterloo Restaurant, just a few miles from Firestone Country Club where we frequently played golf at the Firestone North course, which was a public golf course back then. After a round of golf, we’d head to the Waterloo for some Cincinnati chili.

  • It was a month ago, when the phone rang and Caller ID indicated a number from South Carolina. I knew it would not be easy news to hear. The caller began with a number of questions, niceties to smooth the way for the tearful content to come. It reminded me of moments in Jesus’ life when he was confronted with the pain of passing life. “My servant is ill … my son is dying … my brother is dead … my child is desperately ill.” Those were the cries he heard. Those were the needs to which he attended.

  • I’ve been writing these columns in the Beacon for about eight years. I know some people think I work for the newspaper, but I don’t. At the end of each column there is a statement that says I’m part of the Family and Consumer Science team at the Brunswick County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension. I know some of you really don’t know who we are or what we do. Since this is Living Well Month, I thought I’d take some time to share a little more information about the FCS program and Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County.

  • Winter’s relentless grip held through most of the week, but it looks like warmer temperatures are on the way. That’s good news for Wilmington’s North Carolina Azalea Festival and Cape Fear Garden Club’s annual garden tour. There should be plenty of azalea blooms for all of the festivities.