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Today's News

  • You don't have to wait a week for your breaking news

    When news of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension was breaking, I was driving back from a quick day trip to Asheville.

    It’s a bad feeling to be the editor of a newspaper and be so far away when a big story breaks. At the same time, it was a sinking feeling to know the news broke on our publication day, meaning it would be a week before the news hit our paper in print.

    We have two daily papers and another weekly paper in the market, and we know how important it is to be competitive in getting news to our readers.

  • Spring break brings family and airline troubles

    Most of my family lives northwest Indiana, just a few miles south of Chicago. Being that it’s a 14-hour car drive to Brunswick County, most of my visitors opt to fly.

    And because the cost of an airline ticket these days is not cheap, visitors are few and far between.

    But last week was my lucky week. My cousin Annie and her two little girls came out last Monday, and my parents and sister arrived Saturday.

    Since there is still snow falling back home, everyone decided to seek the warm, North Carolina sunshine during their spring breaks.

  • One news bulletin that should have been a hoax

    I had planned to write this week’s column about the greatest April Fool’s hoaxes of all time—whistling carrots, “Big Ben goes digital” and “Internet spring cleaning” among them.

    Granted, it would have been belated—just after April Fool’s Day, something I just wasn’t thinking about for last week’s paper, March 27, the Beacon’s pre-April Fool’s edition.

  • Trying to understand the impact of race relations in America

    The issue of race is front and center in the current presidential campaign. Candidates and political pundits are addressing the question of race more than at any time in recent history.

    There has never been a presidential campaign that has had a white female, a black male and a white male vying for the highest office in the land.

  • Speeches give great insight into teens' lives

    The start of spring means beautiful weather and pollen allergies. It's also the time of year when I serve as a judge at the South Brunswick High School oratorical contest, the precursor to the countywide Odell and Virginia Williamson Oratorical Contest.

    It was a difficult decision this year because all the students who participated were terrific, and they left me a little more hopeful about the future.

  • Sauerbraten is a German specialty marinated for several days

    Sauerbraten (sour roast) is considered by most to be Germany’s National dish, but while the basis of the recipe remains the same, variations do occur from region to region.

    Traditionally made with a beef roasting joint (topside or similar) the meat is marinated for two to three days in vinegar and/or beer, spices such as cloves, juniper berries, allspice and peppercorns, bay leaves and onions; and then braised in the marinade for a long period, resulting in very tender melt-in-the-mouth meat.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

    “High School Show,” Franklin Square Youth Gallery, Southport. More than 100 students will have their work on display. For more information, call 457-5450.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.

  • Jordan, Mitchell and Caiazza featured at Franklin Square Gallery

    Elsie Jordan from Brunswick County joins Pennsylvania native potter Betsey Mitchell and Cape Cod painter Michael Caiazza as featured artists whose work will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 31 to May 10, at Franklin Square Gallery in downtown Southport.

    This cooperative community gallery is open to the public free of charge.

    Their work is under the spotlight at the ongoing members show sponsored by the Associated Artists of Southport.

  • The saga of the Bradford pear tree

    When the white blooms of flowering pears make their annual appearance this time of year, it’s difficult not to get excited about them. Throw in a little early-morning sunlight for backlighting and you have something to wax poetic about.

    The red fall color is usually pretty reliable, too. Unfortunately, there’s a down side to the saga of the Bradford pear. Like most pears, its fast growth means weak wood. Add the inherently narrow branch angles, and you have a recipe for breakage once a few years have gone by.

  • Tips for landscaping your yard, part 2

    Last week I mentioned that former extension specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought out, planned garden.

    Steps in the Landscape Design Process

    •Develop a plot plan

    •Conduct a site analysis

    •Assess family needs

    •Locate use areas

    •Design, construct, and plant