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Today's News

  • Foundation awards grant to Good Shepherd Center

    The Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation Inc. awarded Good Shepherd Center $14,000 during its meeting March 29. The funds will be used to continue to fund emergency food, shelter and housing placement for homeless seniors from Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.

  • Four in a row!

     Jayhlen Washington was perfectly healthy when he entered the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A Outdoor Track and Field State Championship last week in Greensboro.

    The only health concern he had afterward was whether his neck was strong enough to carry the four gold medals he earned during the competition.

    Washington led North Brunswick High School to its fourth consecutive outdoor track and field state championship Friday, May 19, at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

  • Patriot Hospice and Little River UMC to honor veterans

    The Veteran Pinning Ceremony is part of the We Honor Veterans Program, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    Patriot Hospice has achieved level 4, the highest level of recognition through this program. As part of it commitment, Patriot Hospice and Palliative Care will pin almost 50 veterans in the Life Center, Little River United Methodist Church, on May 30 at 7 p.m.

  • The Academy of Coastal Carolina to move high school to New Beginnings Church

    The Academy of Coastal Carolina will move grades nine through 12 to New Beginnings Church for the 2017-18 school year to accommodate future growth and expansion.

    New Beginnings, at 730 Whiteville Road in Shallotte, has a history of partnering with community organizations, according to a news release from the school.

  • With help from above, Gause helps Trojans baseball advance to fourth round

    SHALLOTTE — Garrison Gause strolled to the plate Tuesday, May 16, with his team down to its final two outs against the visitors from Orange High School in the third round of the state high school baseball playoffs.

    He knew his West Brunswick team needed a baserunner if it was going to overcome a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning.

    The senior catcher resorted to asking for help from his father, who died days before the state playoffs began in early May.

  • Trojans softball team advances to round four of state playoffs

    By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick softball team advanced to round four of state playoffs Tuesday, May 16, with a thrilling 3-2 victory over a very tough J.F. Webb team from Oxford.

    The Trojans will face No. 1 seeded Lee County on Friday night in Sanford. The Yellow Jackets have a 25-1 record and are riding a 24-game winning streak.

    “Each team we play as we get deeper into the playoffs becomes a much tougher opponent,” Trojans Coach Joe Noble said.

  • Sea turtle program at museum May 20

    Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina on May 20 at 11 a.m. as Jim and Deb Boyce will present their program, Turtle Talk — OIBSTPO Getting Ready for Summer Turtles!

    They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Learn what you can do to help protect these magnificent animals.

  • Ingram Planetarium to celebrate 15 years of stargazing

    Help celebrate Ingram Planetarium’s 15th birthday on May 20 with a free program at 7 p.m. looking back at the history of the planetarium and the advancements in astronomy that have occurred since it first opened its doors in 2002.

  • Everyone awaits the merry month of May

    It’s been a long, hard winter. Blame is placed global warming with its concomitant climate change, even on God. We’ve ached with the cold, worried over the flooding, anguished over the unusual warmth in places where cold is expected, and generally waited with more than bated breath for springtime to come — and stay. March teases us. April periodically delights, but May is the month of promise.

  • Tired of potatoes? Try some creamy, white cheddar grits instead

    We seem to gravitate toward potatoes whenever planning our meals. Hash browns for breakfast, French fries for lunch and mashed potatoes for dinner. We may change it around a bit and make some potato pancakes, scalloped potatoes, fried potatoes, potato salad or potatoes au gratin.

    Do we see a trend here? Creamy grits are a perfect substitute for potatoes at any meal — breakfast, lunch or dinner. When planning your next meal, why not consider some creamy grits? Or better yet, make some cheesy creamy grits.