Today's Features

  • Ocean Isle Beach is revving up for the 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival slated to unfold this weekend at 8 E. Second St.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, rain or shine. Admission is $5 adults; free for children younger than 10.

    Described as an all-in-one food, arts and crafts and oyster venue, visitors are once again invited to venture over to the OIB island to enjoy the two-day lineup of fall festivities and fun.


    By John Nelson



    Be careful: these flowers look as though they might want to take a bite out of our leg if you get too close to the perennial border. All those bright pink jaws, gaping open, or maybe they are more interested in singing than in biting!

  • By Stephanie Sellers

    Special to the Beacon

    Sometimes we find what we werenít looking for only to realize it is exactly what we needed.

    This summer in Bolivia, where I had spent the summer working as a traveling artist, I got just that.

  • With a smile or two to deepen my pleasure, I remember enjoying the adventures of “The A Team” evolving with the ultimate and triumphal pronouncement: “I love it when a plan comes together.” Although it really wasn’t a plan that came together recently, I sensed providential planning plaguing my steps. It evoked a series of serendipitous events, emails, and experiences. The events were catalysts for the experiences and made the emails profoundly meaningful.

  • Unlike most fish, salmon fillets, or steaks, hold up fairly well to grilling, since they are usually cut about as thick as a steak, which means you won’t have to worry about them drying out. Grilling salmon steaks or fillets on the stovetop is really simple, especially if you have a ribbed cast iron skillet, my most recent purchase.

  • This column is about handwashing. You may say to yourself, ”I’ve been washing my hands since I was 2. Why do I need to read about handwashing?” Even so, repeated research has shown that people don’t wash their hands frequently enough and when they do, they don’t do it correctly. The reason I’m writing about this now is because Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually Oct. 15. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of clean hands 365 days a year.

  • Jay and Shirley Allen of Calabash, formerly of Ithaca, N.Y., after six decades of love and friendship, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 6. They built a home in Calabash 18 years ago. Jay retired from NYS Electric & Gas Corp. in 1994 and Shirley from Cornell University in 1998.

    The couple has three children: Michael (Patti) from Cortland, N.Y.; Jeffrey (Chris Abbuhl) from Belchertown, Mass., and Cathy (Adam) Degarmo from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. They also have four grandchildren: Brian, Megan, Margaret and Henry.

  • By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    A popular choice for areas in your lawn, turf grass provides an attractive and durable surface for areas that receive a lot of use in your yard, but can also require a lot of upkeep. An alternative to a traditional lawn, ground covers provide a low-maintenance alternative that is beneficial to wildlife and highly attractive landscape addition. If you are searching for something different this year, consider planting ground covers as a lawn alternative to help reduce stormwater pollution and save money.

  • By John Nelson

    Frequently the leaves and stems of a plant will prove to be just as fascinating as its flowers. This is a plant like that, and it is a native, aquatic species.