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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • My wife and I attended a Halloween dinner years ago prepared by my good friend, Jim Stanley, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who continued this tradition for his kids and family until his untimely passing a short time ago.

    Jim explained it’s “not really about the food as much as it is about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be.”

  • As the flowering season for Encore azaleas winds down, it’s time for a performance update.

    I’m in the process of adding all 23 selections to my own garden, but I’m only half way there. The good folks at Flowerwood Nursery in Alabama, who developed the Encore line, were kind enough to donate two of each of the 23 varieties for us to plant in the Brunswick Botanical Garden in the metropolis of Bolivia.

  • Donald Adams of Oak Island has provided much of the information in this article. The Brunswick County Master Gardener volunteers are beholden to him for providing us with information on how to propagate, grow and enjoy the Confederate rose.

    The time is approaching when it is time to take cuttings. I have been asked by several people on when and how to take cuttings. Adams will provide us with that information.