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Today's News

  • Lack of ‘uber’ clarity is an editing error

    One night last week, when I was checking in with my dad to let him know I was on my way home from work, he offered his usual critique of that week’s Beacon. More often than not, my parents start by reading my column because they’re my parents, then read the rest of the editorial page.

    As most readers know, our staff writers write a weekly column on a rotating basis. Now that my folks have met each of our reporters in person, they make a point of reading their columns, too.

  • Legislators should support lifeguard liability limits

    After a relatively uneventful summer last year, it would have been easy to forget four people died in less than 36 hours on Brunswick County’s beaches the previous summer.

    Soon after the deaths, which were ultimately blamed on dangerous rip currents, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

     

    “I grieve at what I speak,

     And am right sorry to repeat what follows…”

    King Henry VIII.

     

    Pardon me for repeating a recent mystery plant. Every now and then I do this –– not to grieve my dear readers –– but rather to bring some new aspect of an old friend to bear. Therefore, behold this lovely flower!

  • The secret to Chicken Winston is its seven-ingredient de jonghe sauce

     At one time or another, we’ve all been to a restaurant and had a really fantastic meal and wished we could make that same meal at home. And you probably could, if only you knew the exact ingredients, how to prepare the special sauce and how long to cook it. But, it always seems there’s an ingredient or two you’ve left out, as it just doesn’t taste quite the same as what you had in the restaurant.

  • Garcia-Mendez graduates from basic military training

     Air Force Airman Olivia S. Garcia-Mendez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Fernando Garcia of Shallotte and Juan M. Garcia of Oklahoma City, Okla., niece of Jorge Garcia of Brunswick County and the wife of Carloa Mendez.

     

    Garcia-Mendez graduated from basic military training completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Phillips graduates from basic training
  • Survivors are our stars
  • Breakfast in a hurry

     Continuing in the quest for quick, easy and nutritious five-ingredient meals, let’s start with breakfast. Of all the meals we eat at home, breakfast may be the most hurried. Before you skip breakfast completely or drive through the nearest fast-food place, consider other options at home.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 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, April 13

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases April 6 during a grand jury session:

    Joshua Gomez Albarran, sexual offender/child’s premises.

    Joe Bell Jr., possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine, sell/deliver cocaine, habitual felon, possession of drug paraphernalia.