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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s office: Bolivia woman stole $317K from 91-year-old widow

    BOLIVIA — A Bolivia woman is accused of stealing more than $317,000 in property and money from a 91-year-old Ocean Isle Beach widow.

    Pamela Varnam Jackson, 61, of Center Court was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with exploitation of disabled/elder trust and obtaining more than $100,000 in property by false pretense.

  • On being thanks-givers

    Note: This is an amended version of a column published in 2003 when I first became the Beacon’s religion columnist.

     

  • ThanksLIVING: Developing a gratitude practice

    By Linda Arnold

     

    What a difference one letter makes! I like to think of ThanksLIVING as an endless season.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like the turkey and trimmings as much as anyone else. It’s just that the spirit of the season could have a much longer shelf life.

    Unlike other traditions, the season of ThanksLIVING has no beginning or end. It’s rooted in the spirit of gratitude that can occur all year long.

     

    Practice makes perfect

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

  • Most people prefer to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at home

     

    Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving seems to be the one time of the year we traditionally know what to expect and what we will be eating. It’s the one holiday most of us like to celebrate at home, unlike the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, when everyone usually goes out somewhere to celebrate.

  • Safely sharing Thanksgiving with your pets

    Each Thanksgiving, Americans families and friends gather around tables, pile plates full of food, remember good times and those who left too soon or were unable to join, and toast another holiday season. In 68 percent of U.S. homes, a dog, cat or other furry, feathered or scaled companion will be eagerly anticipating dropped morsels, secret servings and leftovers.

    I encourage you to include your pet in celebrating the holidays whenever possible. Here are some tips for safely sharing Thanksgiving with your pets.

     

  • Holiday season survival

    As I write this column, I know some of you will be reading it before Thanksgiving and probably others during the weekend after the big day. I’m guessing you’ve already been bombarded with cautions and concerns about overeating or food safety related to that big meal, so I’ll forgo those topics.

  • Current garden trends as 2018 approaches

    It’s hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving. This decidedly American holiday provides a couple of days off for most of us to wear ourselves out visiting relatives and eating too much. We should certainly be thankful most of us have the opportunity to eat too much, but let’s go in a completely different direction this time.

    Since 90 percent of 2017 is already history, it’s time to start thinking about what’s coming in the new year. So, let’s look at some of the current garden trends.

  • District court docket for Nov. 6, 7, 8 and 9

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Nov. 6

    Judge C. Ashley Gore presided over the following case with prosecutor Alisha Benjamin and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • 'Tis another season for tree lightings

    You know the holiday season has begun as trees start to light up.

    Holden Beach will have its 10th annual tree lighting with festivities starting with entertainment by the West Brunswick High School Chorus at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    The tree lighting follows at 6 p.m. There will also be games and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    Chili/soup cook-off