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Today's News

  • South Brunswick Charter School to operate on traditional school calendar

     Students and staff at South Brunswick Charter School will operate on a traditional school calendar during the upcoming 2015-16 school year instead of the year-round schedule they adopted.

  • Sunset Harbor couple celebrates 70 years of wedded bliss

     Julian and Jerry Odom can finish each other’s sentences these days with relative ease.

    After 70 years of marriage, those things come naturally.

    On June 2, 1945, Julian and Jerry Odom “tied the knot” in Dillon, S.C., with no relatives or witnesses present.

    Seventy years later, the Odoms are full-time residents of Sunset Harbor after moving from Fayetteville in 2003. The couple has been visiting the Brunswick County area since 1983 and made it their permanent home two years ago.

  • district court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 29 and 30 and July 1 and 2 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, June 29

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Finicky felines finally understood: New study batters beliefs about cat’s bitter taste preferences

     Finicky felines. Picky pussycats. Critical kitties. If you share your home with a cat, chances are you’ve been victimized by an angry swipe, upturned nose or cold stare after offering a new food. For years we’ve chalked this up to cats being cats and simply expanded our buffet selections. New science published in BMC Neuroscience proves our feline’s taste buds are more different from our own than previously believed. Now if I can only get my cat to stop staring at me.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    We are confronted this week with a beautiful native species, one that really is a bit mysterious. It is a perennial herb commonly seen in gardens, maybe even yours. It is known historically, and in natural environments, only from the southeastern USA, from South Carolina west to Louisiana. This species is unmistakable. It is an obvious member of the sunflower family and is blooming now.

  • Take this food preservation quiz

     Preserving food really isn’t a practice that is going out of style. With the growing focus on local and homegrown food, many people want to preserve the fruits and vegetables of summer for later use.

    If you’re an old hand at preserving or are thinking of giving it a try for the first time this year, here’s a quiz to see if you’re on the right track. Answers if you think these statements about food preservation are true or false.

    1) All vegetables and meats must be pressure canned.

  • A divine question that begs human response

     Denominations, which use the Revised Common Lectionary, have reached the end of a long, post-Easter cycle of readings from the Johannine community. Among the many questions posed by John’s followers is one that echoes through the ages: “Do you love me?” is the divine, age-old, everlasting, soulful question presented to Simon Peter by Jesus.

     

  • Many Southern dishes were created with frugal ingenuity

    When you think of Southern food, you think about home cooking and comfort food –– Creole, Cajun, Carolina Lowcountry, soul food and even Tex-Mex. These foods include an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice and/or corn, inexpensive cuts of meat (usually pork or chicken) and, of course, fresh seafood.

  • Bragging rights and a policy update

    My two-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom was two weeks ago. With it came a renewed sense of pride in all we have accomplished as a newspaper thanks entirely to our small but mighty staff, coworkers who I’m fortunate to call friends.

  • How do I become eligible for Medicare because of disability?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must apply, be approved and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.