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Today's News

  • Roasted vegetables are the perfect side dish for any meal

    You cannot go wrong with roasted vegetables. They are the perfect side and make the best leftovers for a quick lunch the next day. Once you’ve tried roasting vegetables like beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peppers, onions or asparagus, you’ll be serving them more often than not.

  • Differences of opinion welcome, encouraged

    In last week’s edition, we published a letter to the editor from a writer upset with all the press opponents to seismic testing and offshore drilling were getting, accusing the Beacon of catering to environmental extremists.

    The writer expressed his opinion in a letter that conformed to our letters to the editor policy, so we published it. By my count, it marked at the time the sixth letter to the editor we received and published this year that expressed support for seismic testing and offshore drilling, contrary to the Beacon’s editorial position.

  • Terry graduates from basic training

    Air Force Airman Jonathan G. Terry, son of John R. Terry and Stacy Wallace of Oak Island, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Terry completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!

  • County’s child poverty rate is alarming, unethical

    Reasonable people understand children

    are not responsible for the conditions into which they are born: healthy or diseased, wealthy or poor, cherished or forgotten.

    The most recent report released March 28 by NC Child shows more than half — 55.4 percent — of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes.

    Myriad studies and ample research has shown us how important it is to nurture children, especially early in their development.

  • How complaining affects you mentally and physically

    By Linda Arnold
    You may not think you complain very much.  

    I’d challenge you, though, to put a covered rubber band on your wrist for a few hours and snap it whenever you catch yourself whining about something — internally or externally.

    Just like smoking or overeating, complaining is a habit. And, when you repeat a behavior over and over, the neurons in your brain form familiar “go-to” pathways.

  • Leduc graduates from basic training

    Air Force Airman Collin M. Leduc has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. He is the son of Robert Leduc of Southbury, Conn., and Laura Nelson of Lansing, Mich., and brother of Molly Ennis of Ocean Isle Beach and Ryan Dent of Lansing.

  • Come Saturday morning … God’s calling

    Come Saturday morning my daughter and I chat about this and that. We catch up on all the doings and delights, fun and fears of the week. We laugh uproariously at the silly stuff and engage in mutual angst over our faults and foibles, mishaps and perceived mayhem. We recollect and reconstruct all that has kept us in contained annoyance during the week. It’s more than a delightful weekly encounter. It’s a deliberate engagement that deepens our union and enhances our enjoyment of each other. It’s mom and daughter, woman to woman, friend with friend. And I love it.

  • Four foods to fight pet allergies

    Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • Learning about listeriosis

    A couple of weeks ago a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called Listeria. The food borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.