Today's News

  • Guest columns, letters, different viewpoints always welcome

    Let me call your attention this week to Tom Myers’ guest column on the opposite page. In it, he offers a concise and thoughtful response to last week’s editorial about Holden Beach’s revised noise ordinance.

    It marks at least the third time since I’ve been at the helm of this newspaper’s newsroom — and, as such, the writer of the editorial opinions of our editorial board — we’ve been able to publish a guest column (beyond a 300-word or less letter to the editor) responding directly to a position taken by the Beacon.

  • Can you make it past Jan. 17?

     Good news for all you New Year’s resolution makers,or those of you who set any goals for 2016.


    If you’ve kept up your commitments to this point, you only have one more weekto beat the odds of keeping them.


    That’s right: If you can make it past Jan. 17, you’ll have beaten the national average! I’ve remembered this date ever since fitness expert Cindy Boggs relayed it to me a few years ago.


    Tick tock


  • What is this mystery plant?



    By John Nelson

    “Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”— George Bernard Shaw, 1903


    This is the leaf of a very strong oak, and there is one of these growing in my front yard here in Columbia, S.C. It’s a wonderful tree, must be 70 feet tall, with a rounded, spreading crown. The trunk has a circumference of 9.5 feet, and a diameter of about 3 feet, or so (d = c/π, as I recall).

  • Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

     Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center


    Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

    Starting a new year is traditionally about looking forward, starting new and setting goals you may or may not keep. However, I am going to devote the first column of the New Year to looking back at the accomplishments of the 2015 Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Brunswick County.

  • Cold temperatures outside call for warm, hearty chili inside


    Find winter’s warmth in a big bowl of easy-to-prepare chili. This quick and easy recipe is a hearty meal that we have enjoyed at our home for many years. It tastes like it’s been cooking on the stove for hours, but can be eaten in about 30 minutes.

    I must confess this recipe is strictly my wife’s, and since she has been making it for us for a long time, I asked her if she would share it with our readers. Not a problem— until I asked her for the recipe!

  • Sirens to be tested around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 13, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • VIDEO: Darnel Brooks wrestling

    North Brunswick sophomore Darnel Brooks wins the 160-pound title in the Scorpion Invitational by second-period fall.

  • North Brunswick wins Scorpion Invitational for first time

    LELAND — North Brunswick senior wrestler Chris Valverde knew what was at stake in his 220-pound championship match in the Scorpion Invitational.

    “When I came out on the mat, (coach Tom York) told me that if I don’t win it, we don’t win the tournament,” Valverde said. “It’s going to come down to if I win or lose.”

    North, the host team, trailed West Carteret by two points in the 10-team standings.

  • VIDEO: Patrick Burton wrestling

    North Brunswick junior Patrick Burton wins the 152-pound title 4-0 in the Scorpion Invitational. Coaches voted him Most Outstanding Wrestler.


  • VIDEO: Tyrone Watson wrestling

    North Brunswick junior Tyrone Watson wins the 182-pound title by first-period fall in the Scorpion Invitational.