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Today's News

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

     

    This summer, I was most fortunate to accompany the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Economic and Workforce Development Team to a business roundtable at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

    Karen Sphar, the chamber’s executive vice president, invited the college to discuss with local business and industry owners “how the community could foster a more entrepreneurial friendly atmosphere.” There were more than 30 attendees.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed an extension of the budget deadline of Aug. 31; we passed a bill to regulate Uber and other transportation network companies; we passed a bill to provide more directional highway signs; and we had a couple of high public officials visit Brunswick County.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     Not a morning person? Here’s a plant that loves the morning.

    You can see this species just about anywhere in the eastern USA, from Pennsylvania to Florida, over to Texas, into the Midwestern states and well into Latin America. It is frequently seen on field margins, roadsides and in ditches, and it seems to like sandy places.

    This is a native American species, and a member of the largely tropical “spiderwort” family, a family that has given us plenty of showy ornamental garden and patio plants — and weeds.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Budget

  • North Carolina versus South Carolina: Which is economic winner?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina and South Carolina were once one — one colony that is — prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s — historians differ on exactly when — the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two states. There has been a rivalry ever since.

  • Anyone for boiled peanuts? Send me your best recipes

     One day last week, a gentleman stopped by the Beacon to talk with “Norm.” Since I was not there at the time, he spoke with Cindy Turner, our office manager. He said he was looking for my best recipe for boiled peanuts.

    I told Cindy I really wasn’t into boiled peanuts, since my first and last taste of them was more than 30 years ago. At the time, I thought they tasted like cooked kidney beans, but not as good. So I figured I should do some research on them.

  • Awareness deepens lifelong learning

     Centers for lifelong learning have popped up everywhere. Designated in a straightforward manner or ensconced in “senior centers,” opportunities to broaden and deepen one’s life experience are both available and affordable. Some offer courses without charge. Others bear a minimal fee. It appears living longer has evoked a desire to live more deeply. We really aren’t going to get into heaven in a rocking chair!

  • Paxton takes command

    Cadet Maj. Madison Paxton of Boiling Spring Lakes takes command from Cadet Capt. Patrick McDoniel of Hampstead at the Cape Fear Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Change of Command event Aug. 17 at the VFW at 2722 Carolina Beach Road. More than 60 members and guests were in attendance for the ceremony.

    Also in attendance were North Carolina Wing Cmdr. Col. David Crawford and Mid-East Region Operations Officer Lt. Col. Jay Langley, both of Raleigh, and Commander of the North Carolina Leadership Academy Lt. Col. Shelley Gonzales of Kernersville.

  • WBHS Class of ’79 reunion Oct. 10

     The class of 1979 from West Brunswick High School in Shallotte is attempting to contact classmates for its upcoming class reunion. This event will be Oct. 10 at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., at a cost of $65 per person. Anyone planning on attending should call Linda Moses at 200-2845.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 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, Aug. 17

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Jacob Ward and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham: