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Today's News

  • Lung recipient has picture-worthy 2014

    What a year it was for Buddy Norris.

    Just as the Shallotte sign maker was released from yet another trip to the hospital for treatment for the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, he was called to Atlanta to get a new set of lungs three days before Thanksgiving.

    Norris’ double-lung transplant Nov. 24-25 has been viewed as nothing short of a miracle, and he and his family aren’t taking it for granted.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Dec. 15

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Holiday gifts lend perspective on new year

    I’m having to write my column this week on Christmas Eve because of our early holiday deadlines, but I can already tell you about a few gifts I’ve received for the holidays this year.

    Today, one of my favorite newsroom visitors, 9-year-old Georgia Ann Durieur, came to the Beacon with Christmas greetings and another delightful story to share. She wrote and illustrated it herself on one of our computers. Here it is:

  • There is a common cause in Christian unity, reconciliation and justice
  • Waste reduction still a priority for 2015

    The launch of a new year is giving organizers of local anti-litter and recycling campaigns a renewed outlook for reducing the amount of waste in Brunswick County.

    Reducing the amount of litter as well as encouraging recycling will continue to be priorities for Keep Brunswick County Beautiful (KBCB), a local nonprofit offshoot of Keep America Beautiful, which since 1953 has encouraged individual and community responsibility for cleaner environments.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

     

  • Run for Food to fill pantry Jan. 10

    Hundreds of runners and walkers alike will trek across the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge at the 11th annual Run for Food scheduled to launch at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

    The event consists of a half-marathon run and 5K run/walk, with proceeds going to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

    Participants will follow a course across the scenic Ocean Isle Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge to the mainland, then head back to the island.

    The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the SBIC food pantry.

  • Museum of Coastal Carolina launches schedule for 2015

    The New Year brings a new schedule at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The museum will be open Friday, Jan. 2, with its Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers program scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and touch tank feeding at 11 a.m. to help docents feed the sea critters.

  • Fruitcakes are a symbol of good luck for the New Year

     Some years ago, a research firm polled about 1,000 adults asking what they did with fruitcake, a symbol of good luck for the New Year, as well as for weddings and other celebrations.

    The result was fairly predictable: 38 percent said they gave it away, 28 percent actually ate it, 13 percent used it as a doorstop, 9 percent scattered it for the birds, 8 percent couldn’t remember and 4 percent threw it out!

  • A full year of health

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Each new year sparks time to reflect on the past and look to the future. Many see this time as an opportunity to make changes in their lives. That’s where those New Year’s resolutions come into play. So frequently people set goals to do something good for themselves in the new year.  Unfortunately, quite often these are goals are very unrealistic.