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Today's News

  • Turf management can be done in February

    Bermudagrass

    Mowing: Mow overseeded bermudagrass at one-inch before the grass gets taller than one and one-half inches. Recycle nutrients by not collecting the clippings unless they accumulate heavily on the surface. Dormant bermudagrass that has not been overseeded need not be mowed. 

  • Portion distortion and food control

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    uality or quantity? Which do you choose when it comes to food? 

    Ever eaten at a restaurant that brings you huge quantities of food that is pretty mediocre on the taste scale? We often leave those places talking about how much food we were served or how much food we were able to bring home for another meal and what a bargain it was. 

    Try changing your way of thinking and enjoy smaller quantities of food that is deliciously prepared with high-quality, fresh ingredients.

  • Community briefs

    Health Expo set

    Brunswick Community Hospital and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will host a free medication disposal event at the Brunswick Beacon Health Expo.

    The Health Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at West Brunswick High School. 

    Brunswick Community Hospital pharmacy staff will be on hand to collect all unwanted and expired medications, including controlled substances, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, liquids, inhalers and vitamins. All items will be accepted.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Feb. 21

    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, peaches, Jell-O, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 22

    Baked pork chop/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 23

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, sugar cookies, grape juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 24

  • Low and slow is the answer when barbecuing your ribs

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    etting down the technique of indirect heat is the difference between grilling and burning your ribs. When it comes to barbecue sauce, don’t even think about it until the last 15 or 20 minutes of cooking. Then, think about it constantly.

    When finishing ribs with sauce, coat one side of the ribs with sauce, flip them over, coat the other side and then flip them over again. Repeat the basting process at least three or four times during the final minutes of cooking to ensure the ribs are well coated with sauce and evenly caramelized…not burned.

  • We support measure to strengthen public records laws

    A North Carolina House bill that has passed first reading could lead to a constitutional amendment that would further protect citizens’ rights to public information.

    House Bill 87, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Stephen A. LaRoque, R-Kinston, and Tim Moore, R-Kings Mountain, was filed earlier this month and passed first reading Monday. The bill aims to amend the state constitution to protect the public’s right to know.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopt ABC law enforcement contract

    Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners adopted a contract for ABC law enforcement during their monthly meeting last Tuesday.

    “Due to recent legislative changes in the local ABC laws, one of the things they must do is contract with either a county or municipal law enforcement agency to provide ABC law enforcement within the jurisdiction,” town administrator Daisy Ivey said.

    Law also requires the ABC board to spend at least 5 percent of annual profits on the hired law enforcement service.

  • Valentine’s Day bake sale helps students work toward graduation

    BOLIVIA—Students in the Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program are used to celebrating holidays.

    As part of the students’ graduation requirements, students must earn service hours and have experience working in a business-like setting. Around holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas, students prepare a large spread of baked goods and holiday greetings available for purchase by students and staff members.

  • Law enforcement to be immediately notified of weapons on school grounds

    If weapons are found on any Brunswick County Schools campus, law enforcement will be the first to be notified.

    To reiterate the point, Charlie Miller, vice-chairperson of the Brunswick County Board of Education, requested the school system’s policy on prohibited weapons and explosives state at the beginning of such notification.

    “The first sentence in the policy needs to be reporting to law enforcement officials,” he said during a safe schools committee meeting Tuesday morning.

  • School assignment policy updated before process begins

    BOLIVIA—Administrators of Brunswick County Schools are already beginning to talk about the 2011-2012 school year.

    At a policy committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Faye Nelson, executive director of elementary education, reviewed the school assignment policy with Shirley Babson, board of Education chairperson, and board member John Thompson.

    The number of students who attend different schools than assigned, “is a major issue in some of our schools,” Nelson said.