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Today's Features

  • Those of you who keep up with my ramblings via this great newspaper, radio or television, know I have a bit of Japanese maple mania. With more than 500 selections, it is easy to go a little Acer palmatum nutty.

    Even though my garden is pretty small, I’ve figured out a way to work in seven different Japanese maples—Bloodgood, Emperor I, Crimson Queen, Tamukeyama, Orangeola, Seiryu and Sango Kaku. If my Emerald Pagoda Japanese Snowbell continues to disappoint, there may be some extra space opening up.

  • There has always been a concern for runoff into our waterways. Water runoff may carry pollutants that can wreak havoc in our sensitive environmental estuaries and marshes.

    Dislodged particles of soil and water soluble materials, whether they are nutrients or other chemicals, can move across the surface of even gentle slopes and be deposited into ditches or canals ultimately ending up in our water ways. Buffer strips help to filter out most pollutants and can trap sediment or other particles from entering our streams.

  • If you haven’t purchased your daffodil bulbs for next year, you better hurry right now to the garden center to pick out some beauties for next year’s landscape.

    Daffodils are among the easiest, most affordable and pest-free perennials available. One requirement is daffodils need to be vernalized; that is, they need both the cold and the warmth to bloom. Daffodils require a short chill period as opposed to tulips, which require a longer chill period. Our winters are cool enough for daffodils, as we can see as they continue to come back year after year.

  • BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    HICKMANS CROSSROADS—Watching her dog, Margaret, snoozing on the sunporch last January ignited Marsha Tennant’s creative spark.

  •  BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—In trying economic times, the town of Sunset Beach is holding its own and in one instance doing better than last year.

    Town finance director Donna Rogers, speaking at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night, said the town’s local-option sales tax is 26 percent higher in the first quarter than last year, while accommodations tax is a “little less than 1 percent” higher than the previous fiscal year.

  • BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    She still remembers growing up in rural Brunswick County, raising a family and working hard for everything she had.

    And Bessie Hewett has more memories than most, considering she is possibly the county’s oldest living resident.

    The Supply native will celebrate her 108th birthday this month surrounded by generations of offspring, and she will even garner a mention on an upcoming broadcast of NBC’s “Today” show, along with other centenarians from across the country.

  • STAFF REPORT

    A group of musicians and friends from the Ash area recently formed a rock band “Blackwater Outlaws” and will perform Nov. 8 at Big Woods ATV Park in Longwood.

    The band members include Jason Coveyou, 28, of Ash on guitar and vocals; Myron Norris, 27, of Ash, on guitar and vocals; Travis Norris, 32, of Ash, on vocals; William Norris, 53, of Ash, on bass guitar and vocals; and Butch Register, 51, on drums.

  • By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    When most boys were playing baseball and going to Boy Scout meetings, Chuck Fleming of Sunset Beach was serving in the Navy. He enlisted on Nov. 12, 1947, at the age of 15. By the time he was 16, Fleming was an air traffic controller.

    Today, these boys-turned-soldiers are called “Young Warriors” and are part of an organization called Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS). All of the members of VUMS were underage when they served in the U.S. military. Some were as young as 12 or 13 years old.

  • By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    Membership in Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) requires a person to have served in the U.S. military while under the age of 17.

    World War II Merchant Marine vets need to be younger than 16, and women vets of World War II need to have served while under the age of 20.

  • Little Sammy was found as a stray in need of a home right away. He weighs 17 pounds, is housebroken, loves to play with his people and toys, but hates the cold and wet outdoors. He’s been neutered, is up-to-date on his shots, and is in a foster home due to the weather. Please call to make an appointment to see Sammy at Paws Place. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m. to noon daily.