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Today's News

  • Close encounters with birth, death and beyond

    Over the past seven decades, there have been dramatic events in my professional and personal life worth sharing and reflecting, like the miracle of birth and the tragedy of death.

    Delivering the first baby

    Police officers are trained to respond to a substantial number of calls for service. I had never actually watched a live birth, let alone been the sole assistant for a young woman desperately needing help at a most critical time of her life.

    Nevertheless, I was dealt that card one afternoon as I was on patrol early in my law enforcement career.

  • Nothing's worse than a room that's bugged

    I had just lain down when a menacing dark blob high on the mango-hued wall caught my weary eyes.

    Even in the dark, my sixth-sense bug-detector went off. Is thatee? I wondered, snapping on the lamp and squinting toward the ceiling.

    Yep, it was.

    An August “palmetto bug” had decided to pay a less-than-August, uninvited visit into the living room—my living room. He was staring down at me from his lofty perch, giggling and daring me to take action.

    “Catch me if you can,” he snickered.

  • Reader feedback can sometimes be puzzling but is often valuable

    Thanks to those of you who have taken time to respond to the call I put out last week for feedback about our television listings.

    Readers have called, mailed and e-mailed suggestions about what we can do to make our television listings more user friendly.

    I’m collecting all the suggestions and soon we’ll take those comments and evaluate our current product. The goal will be to determine what, if any, changes we need to make or if we need to continue to offer the service at all.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 30, 31 and Aug. 1, 4 and 5 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Demetric L. Baldwin, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, costs; failure to secure passenger under 16, voluntarily dismissed.

    Charles Bell, communicating threats, voluntarily dismissed.

  • BB&T Jamboree set for this weekend

    West Brunswick and South Brunswick will be among the teams competing in the 22nd annual BB&T Football Jamboree Friday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

    The prep scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

    The Jamboree begins at 5 p.m., with a cheerleading showcase featuring 10 schools, including West Brunswick and South Brunswick.

  • David Sandifer Scholarship Golf Tournament tees off Sept. 12

    Pat Sandifer, widow of longtime county commissioner David Sandifer, joked she had to nail the back door of David’s office shut so he wouldn’t sneak out and play golf instead of work.

    “He played every opportunity he got,” Pat Sandifer said.

    It’s a fitting tribute then, she said, that an upcoming golf tournament includes two of his passions—golf and education.

  • Beacon, ATMC join to preview football season

    High school football is getting ready to kick off, and The Beacon and ATMC want to make sure everyone is ready for another season.

    Tune in to ATMC Channel 3 next week for ongoing high school football coverage throughout the season. On Wednesday nights, ATMC will broadcast all West Brunswick home football games.

    The Beacon recently teamed up with ATMC to produce a preseason coaches’ show.

    Next week, on ATMC Channel 3, Beacon reporter Caroline Curran tackles all things football with local coaches and players.

  • Downtown Shallotte keeps moving ahead

    At this month’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen will hear consultant Allison Platt’s report on the 10-year town vision plan she put together with the assistance of town officials, residents and local business owners.

    If all goes well, the board will vote on the plan at its regular board meeting Sept. 2.

    A vision plan for downtown Shallotte is long overdue. The hodgepodge of styles, pedestrian-unfriendly sidewalks and lack of access to such a great potential asset as the Shallotte River have limited the town’s appeal and possible improvements.

  • Asian food recipes are easy to cook and are extremely healthy

    If you’re looking for some great recipes that will also let you practice healthy cooking, you really can’t go wrong with Asian food recipes. They really aren’t difficult to cook and most of them are extremely healthy.

    There are so many types of Asian food recipes you’ll never get bored with any of them. The ingredients are all basically the same; lots of vegetables, meats and rice. The spices are basically where they differ.

  • Students take part in marine program

    Twelve Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) students recently participated in a full day of marine biotechnology activities at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science.

    Students began with a trip on the research vessel “Cape Fear,” where they took water and sediment samples and trawled to sample sea life.

    Students were taught to assess plankton tows for types of microscopic life and learned to identify types of phytoplankton.