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Today's News

  • Anti-itching oils, herbs and salves
  • Why you are your most important Valentine

     


    By Linda Arnold

     

    Flash bulletin: Did you know your ability to love someone else is proportional to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way. At your core level it’s essential you have — or develop — a healthy sense of self-respect.

  • There is a healing power to storytelling

     I frequently state my inadequacy regarding history. There were so many facts, dates to memorize with accompanying names of rulers or tyrants, winners and losers. I had a hard time keeping them straight. So, it was cram for the exam and don’t give heed to any future impact. No one ever offered the option to view history as our human story. No one tried to make it interesting. No one seemed to think that one day I might … one day we might … beg, “Tell me a story before I go to sleep.”

  • Summer squash for the home garden

     By Sam Marshall

     

    Warm weather will be fast-approaching our region and now is the time to start squash seeds for your spring garden. Easy to grow, quick to mature and full of flavor, summer squash is a great early-season vegetable that will turn any “brown thumb” into a successful gardener.

     

    Getting started

  • Have some ‘Bubble and Squeak’ with your corned beef or sausage

    Cabbage is one of our oldest vegetables, but it continues to be a dietary staple for many of us and is one of the least expensive veggies to buy. Rich in vitamin C and fiber, it’s easy to grow, tolerates the cold and keeps well. Just place the whole head of cabbage in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

  • Hospice focuses on living a full life

    It is a fact of life: All of us will die someday. With that in mind, many people focus on the journey instead of the destination, choosing to live their lives to the fullest for as long as they possibly can.

    Mike Brewer of Leland is among those people, but it is not what makes him unique.

    A decline in his health began three years ago and has been marked by diagnoses of two autoimmune diseases as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, then finally stage 4 prostate cancer which metastasized to his bones.

  • Whether in an ad or a letter, freedom of speech rules

    The news department and the advertising department are two separate departments at the Beacon, just as they are at any other newspaper, but that sure didn’t stop several people from contacting me about the “impeach Trump” ad we published in last week’s edition.

    Since they did, I’m happy to answer these questions I received about it:

  • How can we get to 4 percent economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the major goals of the new Trump Administration is to increase the rate of economic growth in the country. The objective is to move from the 2 percent annual growth rate of recent years to 4 percent.

    What exactly does this mean? Technically, the national economic growth rate is measured by the annual change in “real gross domestic product.” Translated from economic jargon, this is the growth in the country’s production of both goods and services.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored the Boy Scouts of America on its 107th anniversary, we began holding policy committee meetings to handle key bills and we passed two major bills out of committee.

  • Loren and Mark bring vocal/guitar magic to BCCOWA Feb. 23

    International guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians.

    Next Thursday night, Feb. 23, the talented twosome known as Loren and Mark are sharing their diverse repertoire of original and arranged music on the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Get set for their stunning brand of guitar instrumentals and vocal duets, which have brought them wide appeal and strong audience connection.