Today's News

  • Fresh trees for Christmas decorating: Fraser fir most popular choice

    Looking for a “real” Christmas tree to liven up the holiday season?

    Fraser firs, many of which are grown in western North Carolina, seem to be the most popular, according to experts.

    At Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot in Shallotte, managers say 5-6-feet-tall Fraser firs are far and away the most sought-after type of Christmas tree. Home Depot also has Douglas firs. Many other local businesses, including several roadside stands, have live Christmas trees for sale in Brunswick County.

  • Are you ready for winter? The stars are preparing their displays

    Winter is on the way. Autumn is fading. If you look around, you will notice the trees have shed their bright fall colors and the grass is turning brown.

    Birds are once again visiting backyard feeders for a meal. Christmas decorating is at a frenzied pace with everyone decking the halls.

  • A holiday cactus that isn't really a cactus?

    Ask most folks about a plant at Christmas and they’ll mention poinsettias or Christmas trees. Both of those are traditional parts of our holiday celebrations, but neither usually sticks around much past early January.

    If you want a great Christmas plant that will do great year after year, consider what is now called a “holiday cactus.” These natives of the tropical rainforests of Central and South America boast colorful blossoms in shades of pink, red and white at the tips of each arching stem.

  • How to keep your holiday poinsettias healthy and beautiful

    It is that time of year again when most of us have either bought or received a poinsettia for the holidays.

    First, a little history lesson. When Joel Poinsett was ambassador to Mexico in the early 1800s, he saw these beautiful plants and decided to bring them back to the United States. This is how the poinsettia came by its name. This plant is now one of our most endearing holiday decorations and has produced a business into the millions.

  • We are all precious and loveable in God's eyes

    When I heard the buzz about “Precious,” a movie based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, I was determined to view it. I also decided I’d not do any previewing or surfing the Internet for reviews so my own insights would not be unduly influenced by those of others.

    All I knew was the movie’s focus was on an overweight, under-educated 16-year-old—Clareece Precious Jones—a girl who wished to be identified by her middle name, Precious.

  • Bankrupt developers ask to be relieved from driveway construction

    The real estate development company responsible for construction of The Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of N.C. 179 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, has declared bankruptcy. Representatives have asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that was included in the original bond.

  • Uniquely Brunswick County Photo Contest winners

    The Brunswick Beacon has chosen winners of the 2009 Uniquely Brunswick County Photo Contest. Winning photos will be published on the front of the Tidelines section in the next several issues.

    Winning photos may also be viewed online at www.brunswickbeacon.com; the main photo slideshow will be at the bottom of the homepage.

    The winners in the adult division are: Anne-Marie Rourk, first place; Frederick Schwartz, second place; Sam Smith, third place.

    Teen division winners: Elijah Jackson, first place; Alan Beauvais, second place; Austin Somers, third place.

  • More legal action filed in response to parasailing incident

    Those involved in an Aug. 28 parasailing incident that killed two women visiting Ocean Isle Beach continue to file motions and lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

    On Nov. 30, Ocean Isle Beach Water Sports Inc. and N.C. Watersports Inc. filed a third party complaint against Custom Chutes Inc. and Yale Cordage Inc., stating if the water sport companies are found liable in the death of Cynthia Diane Collins Woodcock, those companies are also liable because the parasail towline failed to hold the passengers during a wind gust.

  • Wearing dresses and high heels, these men were really out of this world

    I laughed for nearly two hours Saturday night watching eight Brunswick County men leave their masculinity—and maybe a little bit of pride—behind while they donned dresses, wigs, makeup and high heels for a good cause.

    As part of a fundraiser for Shallotte Family Moose Center No. 710, the 2009 Miss Out of this World beauty pageant drew men on stage in sparkling gowns and revealing outfits as they competed in talent, evening gown and interview competitions.

  • Planning board recommends OK of First Bank preliminary plat

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of a preliminary plat for a 103-acre tract at the corner of Whiteville Road and the private drive for Lowe’s Home Improvement/Planet Fun.

    The property is zoned highway business and is intended for use as a new location for First Bank, according to information provided to the board.

    Property owners John and Betty Ward made the request, represented by Chris Stanley of East Coast Engineering and Surveying at Tuesday night’s board meeting.