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Today's News

  • Local authors' books include tales of philosophers and sea turtles

    Brunswick County has many published authors, and the latest batch of books from locals now on bookstore shelves range from tales of college philosophers to juicy fiction to sea turtle adventures.

    Authors like Joyce Jacobs, Linda Purcell, Paul Swartz and Glenn Blackburn are among those with unique stories to tell.

    Glenn Blackburn: “Maynard Adams: Southern Philosopher of Civilization”

    Part-time Holden Beach resident Glenn Blackburn is a retired history professor who also has a love of philosophy.

  • In less than six minutes, friends save a man's life

    Six minutes. Look at the clock. What can you accomplish—start to finish—in six minutes?

    Six minutes is the amount of time David Smith had between death and life and in those six minutes, a team of local basketball players pulled him back to life.

    Bill Davis of Boiling Spring Lakes arranged for a group of Brunswick County men to gather at Supply Elementary School every Monday and Wednesday to play basketball.

    On July 8, Jim Dieudonne, Mike Sullivan, “Chopper” and Gerry Bradley joined Smith and others on the court.

  • Learn all about networking at the next Young Professionals meeting

    Are you a young professional who lives or works in Brunswick County? Would you like to meet other young professionals in a fun, social environment while discussing important business issues?

    If you’re between the ages of 21-39, Young Professionals of Brunswick County may be for you.

    Sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the group meets one Thursday night each month at different businesses throughout Brunswick County.

  • Grandmother takes to the air with skydiving experience

    A small woman with silver hair strode across the hangar. She wore a bright red shirt, white pants and a huge smile. Although she and I had only exchanged e-mails, I knew immediately I was looking at Betty Grace Grabb, the soon-to-be skydiver.

    A parade of family and friends followed Grabb across the parking lot. They set up camp with chairs and coolers and prepared to watch their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother fulfill her one of dreams.

  • Accuser recants, says 'I was high'

    Whispers became accusations against state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. during the past week.

    Just as a state probe into allegations of sexual misconduct had time to pick up steam, Soles’ accuser on Monday recanted his entire story, calling it a drug-induced falsehood pushed on him by a family member who was unhappy with the senator.

    ‘I was high’

  • Saltimbocca tastes so good you just want to keep eating it

    Saltimbocca is a dish made traditionally with veal, but also with chicken or pork, in combination with prosciutto and fresh sage leaves, sometimes including a slice of Italian Fontina cheese and even topped with capers.

    Italian for “jumps in the mouth,” saltimbocca is a dish that you just want to keep eating because it tastes so good.

  • Beacon sponsoring Stuff the Bus

    Coastal Kids and The Brunswick Beacon are sponsoring a Stuff The Bus campaign to collect school supplies for elementary schools throughout Brunswick County.

    Supplies or donations can be dropped off from now until Friday, Aug. 21, at the Brunswick Beacon office, at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte.

    Some of the most needed items in classrooms this year are: glue sticks, loose-leaf paper, backpacks, markers, crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, pencils, erasers, folders, highlighters and colored pencils.

  • Town hall brouhaha: How Congress spent their summer vacations among the un-American

    It turns out Americans care about more than just their guns and their religion.

    Judging by recent civic participation, healthcare, it seems, is atop most people’s lists.

    While members of Congress spent their summer vacations amongst the people they serve, some of them were met with a less-than-cordial reception at the many town hall meetings that unfolded across the country to address healthcare reform.

    Of course, depending on what newspaper you read, or which cable news program you watch, the villain changes in every story.

  • Baitfish, shrimp plentiful in late summer

    Local saltwater fishing is still stuck in a summertime pattern, as the game fish are not plentiful but are nice-sized and most of the action is in the morning or at night. Something not in short supply are the baitfish and shrimp, which are swarming through our waters right now.

  • Good grief: gators and golfers

    One of the more fascinating animals on the Carolina Coast is the alligator. On hot summer days, you can see them, lying like logs along the rivers, marshes and ponds in Brunswick County.

    If the golf course you play has rivers, marshes and ponds, it’s almost a given that there will be gators on it.