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Today's Features

  • For thousands of dog owners, July 4 is the scariest holiday of the year. Pet parents with dogs afraid of loud noises dread the firecrackers and fireworks that paralyze their pooch with fear. A new drug recently approved by the FDA hopes to ease some of these sound anxieties with a unique gel medication. Before we reveal this breaking advancement, let’s review noise phobia in dogs.

  • Dr. Ben Chapman, our food safety specialist at N.C. State, says cookbooks give readers (mostly) bad advice on food safety.

    I agree with Dr. Chapman when he says cookbooks and online recipes could be a much better source of food safety information. Putting the appropriate information, like cooking temperatures, cross contamination risks or storage times, right into a recipe would provide the cooks the info right when they need it.

  • Whether you call it “pomme d’amour,” “pomodoro ,” “love apple” or just “tomato,” growing this vegetable that’s actually a fruit is a challenge in southeastern North Carolina. The plant clinic at the Arboretum on Oleander Drive in Wilmington is always full of tomato troubles this time of year: bacterial wilt, tomato spotted wilt virus, root-knot nematodes, early blight, late blight, ... the list goes on.

  • Monthly meetings

    Post meetings 7 p.m. third Wednesdays

    Ladies auxiliary 9:30 a.m. first Tuesdays

    Sons of the American Legion 7 p.m. first Wednesdays

    Legion Riders 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays

    House committee 5 p.m. first Mondays

    Governing board 4 p.m. second Thursdays

    American Legion Post Nocha White Post 503 launched in 1993 in Calabash.

  • SUNSET BEACH — A state bill to de-annex a senior complex has been approved by the Senate and passed second reading Tuesday, June 27, in the House.

    It was unclear at press time whether Senate Bill 289 to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from Sunset Beach will require a third reading, but it was approved on second reading by a 98-14 vote Tuesday afternoon, according to an update on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

  • Glorify the freedom, laud the liberty, enjoy the independence.

    Patriotism prevails as Americans celebrate the country’s 241st birthday with an array of events planned in coming days, starting with the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in Southport and concluding with fireworks over the Calabash River.

    Here’s a closer look at area events.

    N.C. Fourth of July Festival

  • The fundraising committee of Cedar Grove Improvement Association (CGIA) has postponed its Sunday dinner planned for June 25.

    From 1 to 3 p.m. at its community building at 1529 Turkey Trap Road in Supply, cooks expected to dish up entrees, fresh summer vegetable side dishes and bread, with beverages and their famed homemade desserts for $10.

    However, the event had to be postponed because of a death in the community, said Perita Price, one of the organizers.

    The Sunday dinner fundraiser will be rescheduled, Price said.

  • By Martha Koletar

    Special to the Beacon

    As you are driving on N.C. 211 (Southport/Supply Road) toward the intersection of U.S. 17 in Supply, there is a little white church, Concord United Methodist Church, sitting proudly in the shade of a magnificent, stately 300-year-old laurel oak, the oldest one in Brunswick County.

    Trees are important to this little church. Dogwoods have been planted to add to the beauty of its landscape, and it is customary to plant a Live Oak tree to honor all new baptisms.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact — not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • I read the book, “SILENCE” by Shusaku Endo. I watched the movie. Both experiences left me pondering the presence of pervading doubt emanating from a perceived absence of God. It is the subtle specter of silence that is not quiet. It disturbs, distracts and often results in false discernment. Silence, in this case, provides neither spiritual nor physical solace. At the same time, it is a profound absence that evokes an equally profound presence.