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Today's News

  • Reverend touched many lives

    To the editor: Thank you Mr. Jesse A. Bryant for your kind words in your letter to the editor in the Beacon during our time of grief for the loss of our father, the Rev. Norman Bellamy.

    He touched the lives of many people during his 90 years here on earth.

    He was a carpenter. He built the house we grew up in, two more he lived in and a house for me I still live in today, all with a blueprint only in his mind. He sawed boards, nailed nails, laid brick and tacked shingles.

    He helped build schools and churches along with his father, R. E. Bellamy Sr. He built

  • Just a few more icky things to worry about

     I’m not exactly a germaphobe—or at least I wasn’t until last week.

    That’s when the “Today Show” came out with an appetizing breakfast-time report about our nasty vacuum cleaners.

  • I’ve never been a person who is good at guessing ages.

    I just assumed my perception was altered from early on, as my own mother looks at least 10 years younger than she really is. I’ll look at people and try to compare them to her while guessing an age and am almost always a decade off.

    But I’ve come to find out I’m not the only one who lacks the skills needed to guess ages, and have had many people guess incorrectly when it comes to my own age.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incident last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    • A hit-and-run accident on Causeway Drive. A vehicle backed into a parked vehicle and left the scene.

  • Pennell named Principal of the Year

    SOUTHPORT—There are 18 Brunswick County Schools principals, but only one can have the honor of Principal of the Year.

    South Brunswick High School principal Vann Pennell was named Brunswick County’s Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon Friday.

    Pennell came to Brunswick County from Camden County, where he served as a principal and associate superintendent.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit issued the following charges last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Reese Talbort McDonald, 20, of 205 NE 54th St., Bolivia; charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Bobbi Lynn Davis, 37, of 2371 Captains Wheel Ave., Holden Beach; charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage and breaking and entering on Boundaryline Drive in Calabash; suspect busted out victim’s vehicle windows.

    •Breaking and entering to a vehicle, larceny and property damage on Briarwood Drive in Calabash; suspect broke victim’s passenger window and stole money, CDs and tools.

  • Activities abound as the holidays approach

    Ever seen a baby jellyfish or alligator? Now’s your chance.

    Bring your kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher for “Aquababies Weekend” Nov. 22-23.

    All through the weekend, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day, the aquarium will show off its most recently born animals: jellyfish, sea turtles, alligators, sea horses, fish, snakes and more.

    “This is a unique opportunity for the community to see babies that were either born here at the aquarium or came to us as babies,” said Hap Fatzinger, aquarium curator.

  • Now is time to get many of your garden tasks done

    If you’re like me and get bored pretty easily, you may be wondering what to do in the garden now mowing and battling weeds is slowing down. Of course, there’s always football, basketball, hockey, eating too much and all of those parties and family get-togethers during the holiday season to look forward to, but there’s nothing more therapeutic than getting some dirt under those fingernails.

  • Tips and tricks for tending to the garden in November

    If blossom-end rot plagued your tomato crop this growing season, the soil pH could be off. Soil test now so slow acting lime has a chance to get to where it is needed before the next growing season.

    After a killing frost has hit your asparagus beds, it is time to cut the dead foliage to the ground.

    Continue to rake leaves off the lawn. You can use a sweeper attachment on the mower or a bagger. Place leaves on a compost pile for next year. A mulching blade will also work to chop up the leaves and distribute back onto the lawn.