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Today's Features

  • SUPPLY—The Brunswick Beacon team correctly spelled “aficionado” and “doppelganger” to win the Brunswick Literacy Council’s Adult Spelling Bee last Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Kathryn Jacewicz and Laura Lewis won a traveling trophy and plaque at the annual spelling bee Sept. 25 at Brunswick Community College.

  • GRISSETTOWN—For nearly 30 years, Helen Lund had been feeding a colony of feral cats behind a building on U.S. 17.

    Using her own money, Lund would trap the cats and pay a veterinarian to have them spayed or neutered and treated for rabies before releasing them back into the wild.

    She bought medicine to treat the wild felines for assorted illnesses and eye problems.

    She erected houses for them on the feral colony site on a vacant lot behind a Dumpster.

    Sometimes, she’d take a cat or kitten home where she would tame it into a pet of her own.

  • “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime,” asserts an old Chinese proverb.

    Well, not quite. There’s one more step. You also have to teach the man how to cook the fish.

    The general rule of thumb for cooking fish is: Lean, white flesh fish is best suited to poaching, sauting, pan frying and deep frying; fatty fish is best with dry cooking methods such as grilling and broiling, and moderately fatty fish is amenable to most cooking methods with the possible exception of deep frying.

  • Two weeks ago, I was graced with an abundance of spiritual opportunities. I eagerly accepted the gift, despite the fact both invitations demanded an early departure from my somewhat leisurely Friday and Saturday schedules.

    At the time, I doubt I considered the offerings to be a call from God. I was simply responding to the graciousness of others. Upon reflection, the response was clearly not the whole story.

  • Jennies Branch plans fall festival

    The fall festival at Jennies Branch Baptist Church will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4.

    On Friday, there will be a yard sale and many craft items will be available.

    On Saturday, there will be traditional foods of mullet baked on a cedar stick, coleslaw, baked beans, sweet potatoes, bread and barbecue.

  • Mitchell and Cheryo Johnson Sr. of Waxhaw announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Maya Donnell Johnson, to Lamonte' Devon Smith of Athens, Ga. The prospective groom is the son of Darnell and Linda Smith of Charlotte and the grandson of the Rev. Vertis and Joyce Gause and Ola Jane Smith of Thomasboro. An Oct. 18 wedding is planned at Marvin AME Zion Church in Waxhaw. The couple will make their home in Athens.

  • Juneau, Alaska—A Brunswick County man in the U.S. Coast Guard has played a role in the capture of vessel suspected of illegal driftnet fishing.

    Jon Smith, a 2007 graduate of West Brunswick High School, was on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Munro” when it was involved in seizing a Chinese fishing vessel suspected of illegal large-scale, high-seas driftnet fishing 460 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan.

  • At least four local bicyclists are getting in gear for Cycle North Carolina, a cross-state ride that begins Sunday in Black Mountain and concludes the following Saturday on Oak Island.

    The participants include Steve and Stephanie Bruce, Harvey Camp and Peter Lewis of Island Hoppers Bicycle Repair on U.S. 17 at N.C. 904.

    Cycle North Carolina (online at www.ncsports.org) is touted as a “mountains to the coast” ride of about 425 miles that includes nightly stops at host towns along the way.

  • The nuts and bolts of offshore wind energy will be the topic of an informational session and panel discussion Thursday during the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission meeting at Sea Trail Golf and Convention Center.

  • The theme was “patriotism” for the juried competition at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club.

    Members submitted images depicting different views of patriotic subjects and scenes. The winners were as follows:

    First place: Charlie Mastrovich for “Southport 4th of July.”

    Second place: Wendy Wagner for “Patriotic Reflections.”

    Third place: John Ennis for “Snow Spangled Banner.”