Today's News

  • Oatmeal for a cold morning

     I think it’s appropriate that January is Oatmeal Month. Our weather here in southeastern North Carolina is a little chilly so far this month, making it a nice time to wake up to warm comforting oatmeal.

    There used to only be a couple types of oatmeal available, but now the choices are many and they may be a little confusing. All types of oatmeal start with oat groats, which are oat grains without the hulls. In general, you can choose your oatmeal based on the time you have to prepare it and the texture you prefer.

  • Major crime plus national notoriety equals front-page news

    After another mammoth Powerball drawing, it’s a good time to address the Beacon’s coverage of its most famous Brunswick County winner and her boyfriend.

    Go back to July 2014, when a high-speed chase led to the arrest of Kevin Jermaine Hankins of Supply in what was then the largest seizure ever of heroin — more than 8,000 bindles, or doses — in Brunswick County.

  • Why does my kitten … ?

     Common kitten questions 

    Cats are curious critters. They’re fiercely independent, notably nocturnal and difficult to discern. In other words, they’re probably cleverer than most humans. Here are some of the most common kitten questions I get from cat people.


    How long do cats live?

  • We are all called to proclaim the mighty works of God

        Annually, the week between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 is both designated and celebrated as the Week of Christian Unity. Most importantly, it is a week of prayerful recognition of our need to be united and one of petition that we will act positively and consistently to attain that goal. Year after year, we pray for something always hoped for but seldom a global reality. It is a week when our consciences are pricked, our consciousness is raised, and our commitment is recalled.

  • Winning lottery depends on your interpretation

      By Linda Arnold

    As I write this, there’s a national lottery jackpot up for grabs to the tune of $1.5 billion.  With a “b.”

    Maybe there has been a winner, or winners. Maybe it was you. If so, please send me an email to the address below. If not, read on.

    It’s fun to get caught up in the “what if” frenzy that’s sweeping the country, and to imagine what you’d do with all that money.

  • Pets enhance health, sense of community

    In this week’s edition, in addition to a regular weekly column by Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, we profile a new program at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply that brings canine comfort to visitors. Called Wagging Welcome, it uses specially trained and groomed canine volunteers to meet and greet people at the hospital every weekday and shows the positive impact pets can have on people.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Ancient and very beautiful, a plant group that has always fascinated humans: the ferns.

  • When thinking Italian cuisine, it’s more than just pasta

     One of my favorite ethnic foods, if not the favorite, is Italian. We had many family-owned Italian restaurants to choose from back in Akron, Ohio.

    You could go to any of those Italian restaurants and choose from chicken Parmesan, pasta Alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, or maybe even a pizza. It was easy to think some type of pasta, a good marinara sauce, a piece of crusty Italian bread and a glass of red wine was the beginning and the end of Italian cuisine.


    Italian cuisine is regional

  • Detectives seek man wanted on felony charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a West Virginia man accused of breaking into a Calabash home and stealing a TV and other items last week.

    Luther Melvin Johnson II, 46, is accused of breaking into a home on Thomasboro Road on Jan. 12, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday, Jan. 19.

    Johnson is accused of stealing a Hewlett Packard laptop computer, 20 pairs of underwear and an RCA electronic tablet worth a total of $609, arrest warrants show.

  • Scorpion players honored at Leland Hot Stove League banquet


    LELAND — Two North Brunswick baseball players were honored during the 12th annual Leland Hot Stove League banquet Saturday, Jan. 16, at North Brunswick High School.

    Garrett Scoggins was awarded the Nelson Best Scholarship. He is studying engineering at N.C. State University and has a 3.9 GPA. He also is on N.C. State’s club baseball team.

    Scoggins was a member of the Brunswick County team that won the Dixie Boys World Series in 2011. He was a four-year letterman for the North Brunswick Scorpions.