Today's Features

  •  The big question is: Will you weigh the same on Jan. 1, 2016, as you do right now? Weight gain during the holidays is common with many Americans gaining between one and five pounds. While that doesn’t sound like much, too often these extra pounds aren’t lost after the holidays. And this goes on year after year.

  •  I’ve been searching for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives my entire career. I introduced long-term medication monitoring schedules to help avoid adverse events, defined senior pet medical guidelines to catch hidden diseases earlier, and my current fight against pet obesity and the diseases excess fat causes. Uniting these efforts is the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new drug, rapamycin, may also help dogs fight the effects of aging and prolong life.

  • Get ready for vendors, singers and Santa.

    The Brunswick Beacon’s fifth annual Holiday Happenings Show is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road SW in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking at the school are free.

    Highlights this year include more than 70 unique vendor and artist/artisan booths. This year there will also be outside vendors, event organizer Christy Williamson said.

  • On Sept. 2, 2011, Marcus Hayes Hewett, 47, died after a lengthy, courageous battle with kidney cancer.

    Two months later, the Brunswick County native’s family fulfilled his request to throw a party celebrating his life.

    It was just supposed to be a small outdoor gathering of family and friends at the live-oak-draped Hewett family farm on Goose Creek Road next to Sauce Pan Creek in Shallotte. But attendance proliferated to more than 100 people turning out to hear live music played on a homemade stage.

  •  If asked what truly matters in the world, most of us talk about real friends, family and doing something positive in the world. Rotarians speak of “service above self,” something that might make this crazy world we live in a little less crazy. As much fun as sitting around waxing philosophical is, you came here looking for something about gardening.

  •  I’m continuing on my quest to get people to eat more pumpkin. That pumpkin on your front porch can be more than just a doorstop or seasonal decoration. It can give your diet a real nutritional boost. The bright orange color is a dead give-away that pumpkins are full of important nutrients, antioxidants and beta carotene. The Produce for Better Health Foundation says that just one cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 50 calories. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for proper health of eyes, respiratory tract, skin and tooth enamel.

  •  Bloody and discolored urine is a common reason cat owners seek veterinary help. It’s incredibly upsetting to see drops of blood in a litter box on bedding, or on the floor. Sometimes you can’t see the blood until it is examined with a microscope or detected on urinalysis. Fortunately, most cats experiencing blood in their urine have straightforward causes that have relatively simple treatments.

    The two major causes of blood in a cat’s urine are cystitis and feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD.

  •  Descendants of Edward and Susan Sellers Mercer are invited to a family reunion Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. Bring a covered dish, drinks or whatever you want to share with your family. For more information, call Lou Mercer at 622-0004.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” (Macbeth. IV:1)


    That’s right, friends, it’s that time of the year again, when the darkness comes early, and mysterious scurryings greet us at every turn. Jack-o’-lantern goes scratchily scraping by in the breezy night and craggy owls hoot and watch us more closely. In the moonless gloom, furtive imps and amazed spirits are on the land, all answering to foul hags and their charms. It’s Halloween time!

  •  We all have heard someone say, “It’s an acquired taste,” when describing a favorite dish or drink or some exotic gourmet food. If you have to “acquire a taste” to enjoy it, then how tasty can it be to begin with? How many of us would try a particular food or drink, dislike it, and then purposely set out to relive that experience again and again?