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Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we heard the State of the State address from Gov. Roy Cooper, we introduced and passed several important education bills, and we introduced more local bills for Brunswick County.

  • No matter how it’s reported, truth doesn’t have to make sense

    Mark Twain famously said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” I can’t help but guess whether he came up with this quote based on the newspaper experience had had in his storied career.

    I wonder what he would have thought of this doozy of a situation I dealt with the other week.

    I came to the office to find a message that a man came to the Beacon wanting to talk to a reporter. He’d left his phone number.

    Since all our reporters were on assignment, I took it upon myself to give him a call.

  • Brunswick Guarantee benefits all

    While budget talks at the national and state levels have focused on cutting bureaucracy and trimming spending, Brunswick County is already leading by example with the creation of Brunswick Guarantee.

    The county and the state had been providing the same funds to Brunswick Community College until two years ago, when the county eliminated the duplication of funds. But the college — and, more specifically, its students — bore the brunt of the funding reduction.

  • District court docket for March 6, 7, 8 and 9

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, March 6

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • A challenging spring for lawns

     The roller coaster ride that is the weather in southeastern North Carolina has certainly had its gigantic swings and loop-de-loops this year. We’ve had April in February and January in March. But, even as we’ve flirted with records on both ends of the spectrum, Mr. Toad’s wild ride of weather isn’t unusual.

  • March is living well month

     This week I’m tooting my own horn a little by sharing information about Living Well Month and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). At the end of this column each week, there is a statement that says that I’m part of the Family and Consumer Science team at the Brunswick County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. I know some people reading that don’t know who we are or what we do.

  • How to tell if your cat’s urine is normal

     Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?

     

    Normal cat urine

  • Directing the movies in your mind

     By Linda Arnold

     

    I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven’t seen for years. I’ll call her “Marci.”

    The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns — and went back to earlier periods in her life.

    Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children — and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.

  • Lent is a time to listen to God’s voice