Today's News

  • N.C. Education Lottery Commission picks new executive director

    The N.C. Education Lottery Commission on March 13 named M. Mark Michalko, a 30-year gaming industry veteran with both U.S. lottery and international gaming experience, as the new executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.

    The appointment of Michalko, vice president and managing director of International Game Technology’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, came as the commission concluded a search to replace Alice Garland, who is retiring at the end of March after more than seven years as executive director.

  • Williams represents county at NaCo Legislative Conference

    Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chairman Frank Williams represented Brunswick County at the recent National Association of Counties (NaCo) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    “This conference provided an excellent opportunity to learn from county leaders from across the nation, secure face time with Congressman Rouzer and key legislative staffers who represent us on Capital Hill, and discuss key issues facing Brunswick County,” Williams said in a news release.

  • Pasta for Paws March 26

    Paws-Ability will host Pasta for Paws at Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach on Monday, March 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

    Buffet offering will include pasta with three sauces (vodka, meat sauce, Alfredo), lasagna, bread, salad, dessert and a drink.

    Tickets are available at paws-ability.org.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 1:26 p.m. March 19, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Here is a woodland herb that can be found in shaded forests, often along damp, mossy creek banks in rocky woods. It likes places in the mountain and piedmont counties, but it also occurs, here and there, in the coastal plain. It is very widespread in North America, and was first named from plants seen in Canada. Its distribution includes all of the eastern states, south to northern Florida, and west to the Great Plains.

  • Cincinnati chili is quite different from Southwestern-style chili

    In Cincinnati, a popular chili served over spaghetti is called Cincinnati chili, and the most popular local restaurant that serves this unique dish is called Skyline. Many people also refer to it as Skyline chili.

    My first indulgence into this Midwestern creation was back in Akron, Ohio, at the Waterloo Restaurant, just a few miles from Firestone Country Club where we frequently played golf at the Firestone North course, which was a public golf course back then. After a round of golf, we’d head to the Waterloo for some Cincinnati chili.

  • Why is it so hard to say what you mean?

    By Linda Arnold


    It sounds so simple. Say what you mean — and mean what you say. 

    Then why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • Lessons learned at the bedside of one who is dying

    It was a month ago, when the phone rang and Caller ID indicated a number from South Carolina. I knew it would not be easy news to hear. The caller began with a number of questions, niceties to smooth the way for the tearful content to come. It reminded me of moments in Jesus’ life when he was confronted with the pain of passing life. “My servant is ill … my son is dying … my brother is dead … my child is desperately ill.” Those were the cries he heard. Those were the needs to which he attended.

  • What is canine idiopathic immune-mediated thrombocytopenia?

    “Idiot what?”

    Based on the current situation, I could understand the pet owner’s frustration and worry and overlook the slight. On my exam table lay his nearly lifeless dog, Chloe. Chloe had recently celebrated her sixth birthday and 48 hours ago was a perfectly healthy cocker spaniel. When I saw her, she could barely raise her head and was pale as my lab coat.

  • ‘Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well’

    I’ve been writing these columns in the Beacon for about eight years. I know some people think I work for the newspaper, but I don’t. At the end of each column there is a statement that says I’m part of the Family and Consumer Science team at the Brunswick County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension. I know some of you really don’t know who we are or what we do. Since this is Living Well Month, I thought I’d take some time to share a little more information about the FCS program and Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County.