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Today's News

  • Winter is on its way; think about your garden

    By Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    The days are starting to get shorter and the temperatures are getting cooler. This means one thing: winter is on its way. Trees are starting to shed their leaves and perennials are starting to look a little ragged, so it is time to think about winterizing your garden. 

  • County extension events

    Osteoporosis program

    Anyone who knows someone who has broken a bone due to osteoporosis knows the pain and potential disability caused by this disease. Characterized by fragile bones, osteoporosis is a major public health problem. It is estimated one in every two women will suffer from osteoporosis in her lifetime. Osteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease; one in every four men will also have an osteoporosis-related fracture.

  • Now is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs

    It is time for planting spring-flowering bulbs. Following are some tips on more effectively utilizing bulbs:

    Color Blocking

  • More re-blooming azalea varieties

    We have discussed at length all 24 varieties of Encore Azalea that were developed by Mr. Buddy Lee and marketed by Flowerwood Nursery in Alabama. We all have our favorites but, whichever one you choose, this is one of the great plant marketing success stories of all time.

  • Community briefs

    Master Chorale to perform

    The Carolina Master Chorale with Timothy Koch, music director, will jazz up its annual holiday concert in three performances along the Grand Strand.

    “Christmas with the Jazz Greats” will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Calabash Presbyterian Church in Calabash.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Nov. 15

    Chicken parmesan/marinara sauce, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Nov. 16

    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, peas/carrots, fresh fruit-orange, biscuits/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Nov. 17

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, sugar cookies, apple juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Nov. 18

  • Crockpots are convenient for main dishes and hearty soups

    Preparing a family-pleasing meal doesn’t have to take a great deal of time and energy. Slow cookers are convenient for making dinners for one, two or more people. Use them for creating appetizers, all-in-one-meals, soups, side dishes and even cobblers and pudding.

    Many of your favorite recipes can be successfully adapted to a slow cooker or crockpot if you follow a few simple rules. Try not to lift the lid of the slow cooker while cooking. Peeking will only increase the cooking time by 20-30 minutes!

    A Few Simple Rules

  • Save the Cape seeks help in battle against new port

    The battle has just begun for two Brunswick County residents determined to stop the proposed North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) port from becoming a reality.

    Former members of No Port Southport, a grassroots group created solely to stop NCIT, Toby Bronstein and Mike Rice have created Save the Cape, Inc. as a permanent group.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    An officer with the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department stopped Willie Johnson, 41, of Calabash, on a motor vehicle violation Friday, Nov. 5.  Johnson told the officer his name was Terry McCray. He was charged with outstanding warrants and traffic violations under that name. The following day, the arresting officer discovered his real name was Willie Johnson. Johnson was then charged with resist, obstruct and delay for providing a false name and driving while license revoked.

  • Greiner withdraws application for president at N.J. community college

    Stephen Greiner, president of Brunswick Community College, has withdrawn his application for president of Sussex County Community College located in Newton, N.J.

    “Dr. Greiner withdrew his application over the weekend of Oct. 30,” the school’s website states.

    When contacted by a Beacon reporter last week, Greiner had no comment as to why he withdrew from the school’s presidential search.

    “My reasons were personal, and I’ll keep it that,” Greiner said.