Today's Features

  •  Everyone seems to have some advice this week on New Year’s resolutions. Most of these involve eating a better diet and getting or staying healthy. It’s almost obligatory that I write a column about making a new start to a healthier lifestyle in the New Year.

    But, do you really want to read more about what you should or shouldn’t do, eat or drink? Most people already know, or they won’t be making those resolutions. The real key to resolutions is how do you make them stick? If I ask you in a month, will you still be working on them?

  •   By Al Hight

  • If your new year’s resolutions include participating in programs to learn more about our community and our world, the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ingram Planetarium, Battleship North Carolina and the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offer some of your best bets beginning in January.

    And if another goal in 2016 is to save money, many of the programs offered at these local attractions are priced for the budget-conscious, in addition to being family-friendly.

    Museum of Coastal Carolina

  • By Jack DeGroot

    Special to the Beacon

    Customers often come into the bookstore where I work asking for a history book on Ocean Isle Beach — so many over the last few years that it seemed a shame that there was no longer one in print.

    Judging by all the history books major publishers are churning out and their popularity with the masses, readers throughout the country are experiencing a thirst for knowledge about times past.

  • After a sellout performance in 2015, Pete and Maura Kennedy will make their third Listen Up Brunswick County appearance in the series’ first concert for the new year, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Brunswick Community College Event Center in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Building

  • Just a few years ago, Aubrey and Mandy Faatz were hobnobbing with stardom in Nashville.

    It all came about because of hard times, when the country’s economic slump spurred the Shallotte couple to move with their three small children in search of work and better times to Music City U.S.A.

    Lorie Burcham, Mandy’s older sister, had already found a niche in Nashville, where she had moved a few years earlier to launch her specialty cake-baking business that had started in Shallotte and even led to her competing on the Food Network Challenge.

  • The Robert Ruark Society will celebrate native author Robert Ruark from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Robert Ruark Inn, 119 N. Lord St. in Southport.

    Ruark’s talents will be showcased, discussed and remembered at the event, which includes a tour of the inn. Light appetizers and sweets will be served.

    Ruark grew up in Southport, going on to achieve international fame and wealth sharing his memories and experiences of his early years.

  • New Year’s Eve parties abound Dec. 31.

    The town of Calabash is having its fifth annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    Entertainment this year will consist of the “Mr. Fifties Show,” a 1950s “retro-rockin’ ” dance and revue performing the songs of Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Ritchie Valens, the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash and Little Richard, to mention a few.

  • BOLIVIA — Joseph was having a come-to-Jesus with Becky the llama. Mary, meanwhile, kept watch over Buttons, a Nativity goat who was trying to nibble Christmas lights and an angel costume.

    It was the fourth annual Winter Farm Fest night at Greenlands Farm, complete with an interactive live Nativity featuring an array of farm animals and festive llama “sleigh” rides at the family homeplace on Midway Road.

  • BOLIVIA — Not many people have the wherewithal to give away an entire house. But earlier this year, that’s just what Bolivia retiree Claire Flachbart did.

    Last June, Flachbart, who for decades crafted miniature furniture and dollhouses back in Connecticut, decided to donate an English tudor-style dollhouse, complete with furniture, accessories and décor, to the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum near Salisbury, the only museum of its kind in North Carolina.