Today's Features

  • SOUTHPORT — Adventurers interested in a different kind of day trip need look no further than the ferries in this historic waterfront town.

    Visitors with vehicles can drive on board the Fort Fisher Ferry, departing regularly throughout the day to cross the Cape Fear River from the Southport terminal at 1650 Ferry Road.

    The Bald Head Island ferry carries passengers to the lush 12,000-acre Brunswick County island, where bicycles and golf carts are the only means of transportation.


    Southport-Fort Fisher ferries

  • Since its inception, The Tim Clark Band has been wowing audiences wherever it goes.

    It’s expected the band will do the same when it performs at the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street. (For more details, go to www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com.)

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Caroline Cooper Holland and Taylor Jaye King, both of Raleigh. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Milinda Holland of Ocean Isle Beach and Susie Holland of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Russell King of Mills River and Dianne King of Flat Rock. A Jan. 30, 2016, wedding is planned at The Chapel at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh.

  •  Samantha A. Smith, a student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Initial Entry Training at Fort Knox, Ky. She is the daughter of Laurie A. and stepdaughter of William D. Britt, and granddaughter of Thomas P. Smith, all of Ocean Isle Beach.

  •  I read an interesting article by Jordan Denari, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she works for the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia. The piece expanded on the confluence of two worlds: the world of Christianity, specifically the spirituality of St. Ignatius, and that of Islam. As Denari noted, “It’s a special time in the Islamic world, and in the Ignatian world, too.”For that matter, it is a special time for all of us.

  •  About this column

    “Live Life Fully” is a new syndicated column by Linda Arnold making its debut today in the Beacon. The column examines everyday challenges and offers practical suggestions, interspersed with humor, drawing from the author’s experience in the fields of psychology, business, health and wellness.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    You know the feeling. That nagging voice that asks over and over again.

    Maybe it’s that small voice inside — or maybe it’s coming from a colleague, friend, family member or the media.

    We’re so busy with our lives — juggling all the balls — that we often don’t hear that inner spirit, imploring us to follow our passion and fulfill our purpose in life.

    Huh? Who’s got time to focus on stuff like that?

    The big question

  •  Buying and eating local foods seems to be a trend with foodies and non-foodies alike. It’s more than a fad. While fads come and go, it looks like our desire for fresh, locally-grown foods is raising and here to stay. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates more than one million people will visit a farmers’ market this week. Are you one of them?

  •   When I graduated from veterinary school 23 years ago, we were taught felines had the most efficient musculoskeletal system of any land mammal on the planet. Because cats were so well designed and adapted, they incurred very few injuries or diseases involving their joints and bones. Osteoarthritis, the most common cause of joint pain in animals, was something only rarely diagnosed in cats, if ever. Turns out we were wrong.


    Family and friends have given many dessert recipes to me over the years, and many recipes I’ve just found while perusing through those “Family Day” or “Good Housekeepng” magazines while waiting around in the doctor’s office.

    Some of my favorite dessert recipes are classic French recipes, suitable for family meals or for entertaining family and friends. And the best part is they’re not so difficult to make!