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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

    There’s no question our country is deeply divided. Just watch those political debates!

    All you need to do is turn on the TV, scroll through social media or listen to the background chatter in public places to see the extent of this great divide.

    Everything is so “charged.” You can either join the fever pitch or bury your head in the sand. Neither of these are good choices.

    Glass half-full or half-empty?

  •  While most of us enjoy cooking, whether on the stovetop or grilling outside, we sometimes tend to ignore all the various sauces that can really enhance the flavor and aroma when cooking everything from steak to chicken to pork to fish to vegetables and even certain fruits.

    If cooking chicken breasts, why not liven it up with a zesty lemon and green onion sauce? Or how about some pork chops with a mushroom bourbon sauce?

  •  Horticulture gurus often suggest the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that is true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants (crape myrtle) that are better planted in late winter and early spring. 

  •  Undoubtedly you’ve heard of the “Five-Second Rule.” This is a common belief in our culture that food and/or silverware dropped on the floor is “safe” if picked up within five seconds. I guess the line of thought is five seconds isn’t long enough for the food to pick up bacteria, dirt, dog hair or other pathogens.

  • Study proves dogs understand our words and intonation

    “It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is equally true for both humans and dogs, according to new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers, including me, took for granted: Our dogs understand our words and tones. This exciting study holds many valuable lessons for how we can better study, train, and interact with our beloved canine companions. 

  •  “Great-Grandma Susie Inman clowns around with good old Ronald McDonald on her 75th birthday,” wrote 11-year-old Hailee Townsend of Ash. After Townsend asked Inman to pose with the famous clown many times for a photograph, Inman relented on her birthday Oct. 4.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    … Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,

    Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,

    And there, all smother’d up, in shade doth sit,

    Long after fearing to creep forth again …

    Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis, I.i.

     

  • Show off your photographic talents and share your corner of the county with others in the Brunswick Beacon’s 2016 “Brunswick Life” photo contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and inclusion in future Brunswick Beacon publications.

    There are three divisions to include all ages. The kids’ division is for 12 and younger. The teen division is for 13- to 18-year-olds, and the adult division is for photographers 19 and older. 

    Pick up your camera and show us what makes life in Brunswick County unique.

  • It kicked off Tuesday with a bike-fitting and beach party, followed Wednesday by breakfast and bicycling to Southport.

    The 10-Year Anniversary Coastal Carolina Tour of the Wounded Warrior Ride is well under way this week in Brunswick County.