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Today's News

  • Religion Briefs

    lpha Course set at Trinity UMC
    The Alpha Course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith, is being offered free to the public at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14, through Nov. 23.
    The class begins at 6:15 p.m. and is preceded by an open church buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5; free for first-timers.

  • Help is wanted, needed and must be honored

    When I spoke with one of my daughters about the treat in store for me, she got a case of the giggles. I told her that my friend Rita, who is a registered nurse, asked if I’d like to join her and her daughter plus another pal in viewing “The Help.” She felt that it would be a great venture to offset my increasing cabin fever. My daughter’s comment had me laughing. She said, “Isn’t that your first name these days, Help?”

  • Tips on how to harvest rainwater

    Rainwater harvesting is the idea of capturing stormwater runoff, often from rooftops, and storing the water for later use. When we have heavy rains such as with Hurricane Irene, most of that water is diverted into stormwater drains or ditches and is carried away before it penetrates the ground. Rain barrels or more complex cisterns can be installed to capture runoff and provide water for plants during drier periods. Increasing development along with the drought has increased the demand on municipal water supplies.

  • Sept. 11 events

    FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again conduct its annual Sept. 11 ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County.

    The day will begin with traditional Sept. 11 services at 8 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on U.S. 17 near Shallotte. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will follow in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.

    Once again, local Lions Club, American Legion and VFW members will be on the Whiteville Road/N.C. 130 overpass from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., waving flags at traffic passing below on U.S. 17.

  • Ground pearls are not buried treasure

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Thanks to Charlotte Glen, horticulture agent, Pender County Cooperative Extension
    The most lethal pest of lawn grasses in our area is also one of the least well known. Called ground pearl or pearl bugs, these insects can be found damaging lawns throughout southeastern North Carolina. In yards infested with ground pearl, it is often impossible to maintain a healthy lawn since there are no effective treatments for this pest.

  • Osteoporosis: Can it happen to you?

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center
    I like quizzes. I think most people do. I’m not talking about the “pop quizzes” given by Jr. High teachers when you weren’t prepared, but self-evaluation quizzes that can be used to help you decide how you score on a specific topic.

  • Traditional bruschetta topped with fresh tomatos, basil and garlic

    Italian bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) traditionally serves to test the new harvest of olive oil each year, but it’s also a great way to capture the flavors of those ripe summer tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic.

  • Community Briefs

    Lane closures set at local bridges
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have intermittent lane closures at the following locations:
    N.C. 133 at the Oak Island Bridge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-23, to perform bridge inspection.
    N.C. 904 at the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-23, to perform bridge inspection.
    N.C. 130 at the Holden Beach Bridge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-23, to perform bridge inspection.

  • 'Two Feathers' gave in life continues to give in death

    BY FRANK RICHARDSON
    SPECIAL TO THE BEACON
    Tommy Roehm would do anything for anyone if he were in need. Fix an appliance. Tile a floor. Build a house. Need 20 bucks, he’d give it. Tommy, who faced the worst of horrors in Vietnam during his service there, never let a smile leave his face. Ever.

  • Brunswick County Academy: Adopting the Nine Core Values

    Brunswick County Academy and The First Tee of Brunswick County are partners in a new venture that started last week. Every other Monday during the entire school year, the freshman class at BCA will be bused to Cinghiale Creek (home of The First Tee of Brunswick County) for 90 minutes of onsite programming in golf, core values and life skills. When the weather turns cold in December and January, they will have their sessions at Brunswick Academy, then return to Cinghiale for the rest of the spring semester.