Today's News

  • Pearl onions are milder and sweeter than large bulb onions

     Tiny and sweet, pearl onions come in yellow, red and white varieties, with the latter being the most common. These little beauties look just like regular onions, but are about the size of a jawbreaker. They add flavor and texture to any dish.

    I had always avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But, once you learn how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how really easy it is.

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  • Newton-Lazzarino engagement

     Aubrey and Carol Newton of Supply announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth, to Gian Lazzarino of Raleigh. The couple will be married in Wilmington on Jan. 21.

  • Grant helps clinics affected by hurricane

    The North Carolina Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NCAFCC) announced it received a $135,000 grant to provide financial assistance for disaster recovery to free and charitable health care clinics affected by Hurricane Matthew in Eastern North Carolina. The grant comes from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

    The grant will help member clinics in Brunswick (New Hope Clinic), Onslow, Pasquotank, Wake and Wayne counties replace medical equipment and enable some to purchase emergency power generators.

  • $15K grant to build playground in Ash

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground in Ash.

    Play equipment donated by Union Elementary School in the 1990s became outdated and had to be removed from the park. The park occupies a tract of nearly four acres donated by the late Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow to build a playground and recreation center.

  • With the new year, begin a new you


    I thank Elsa Bronstein for the wonderful introduction last week and her service with the Beacon for the last several years. She left big shoes to fill and I hope I can bring the same enjoyment she has given to so many people over the years. I wish her the best of luck with her new ventures and may she continue to touch people as she has done.

  • Hoping for great weather, great fishing in 2017

    The past few weeks have been filled with shopping and traveling to see relatives, but believe it or not the new year is finally here. There have been many different forecasts and predictions for how good and bad the fishing will be, but this week, I’d like to give a quick recap of what good and bad occurred in 2016.

  • Two arrested in BSL attempted armed robbery

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested two people Dec. 31 they say attempted an armed robbery Dec. 31.

    Dennis Quane Cromartie, 22, of Southport was charged with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm by felon and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. He was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in Cumberland County in 2011, North Carolina Department of Correction records show.

  • Water line rupture affects Oak Island residents

    Brunswick County Public Utilities consumers in Oak Island on Long Beach Road — from Fish Factory Road to Vanessa Drive and Old Bridge Road from Vanessa Drive to 3926 Old Bridge Road — experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, because of a main line rupture near 4273 Long Beach Road.

    Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increased the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

  • Trojans sweep foes in CFA tourney

    WILMINGTON — The West Brunswick girls’ and boys’ basketball team each won three games in the fifth annual Cape Fear Academy Holiday Basketball Challenge.

    West’s boys are 8-2 and West’s girls are 5-6. Game summaries are below.



    West Brunswick beat Wilmington Christian Academy 53-27 in a first-round girls basketball game Dec. 29 in the Holiday Basketball Challenge.