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Today's News

  • Flag furor is only matter of opinion

    Just when you think controversies in the southwest end of Brunswick County have come to an end, or at least quieted down, another one is raised — this time, on a flagpole.

    Less than a handful of Beacon readers have called and commented — under condition of anonymity, naturally — about the Chinese flag now flying at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach. All of the calls and comments have been negative.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    We have a really flamboyant tree here in Columbia, S.C., which has been showing up for years. It can be a nasty weed, often occurring in old vacant parking lots and along railroads and broken-down littered places in tiresome urban settings.

  • Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for nation’s children

    By Kevin Concannon

     

    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

  • Be on the lookout for reasons to laugh

    People constantly complain about the overabundance of bad news all media outlets have to report these days. Frankly, after more than 20 years in this line of work, I get a little tired of it, too. That’s why I’m glad we mention three funny guys in various places in this week’s edition: legendary comedian Bill Cosby, longtime late-night talk show host David Letterman and the incomparable Mel Blanc, who gave voice to Bugs Bunny and most of my other favorite cartoon characters.

  • Carrots make a tasty addition to a variety of cooked dishes

     Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs Bunny, was not very fond of carrots, but his carrot-chomping character sure was!

    Carrots are available all year long. Although there are many varieties from which to choose, the ones typically found in local farmers markets and supermarkets are about 7 to 9 inches in length and 3/4 to an inch in diameter. Many baby carrots are actually longer carrots that have been peeled, trimmed to 1-1/2 to 2 inches in length and packaged. True baby carrots are removed from the ground early and actually look like miniature carrots.

  • Palm Sunday of the Lord’s passion is lived today

     Pastors of many mainline churches, following the Revised Common Lectionary, will proclaim the passion narrative from the Gospels this coming Sunday. Holy Week, the final preparation for Easter Sunday and resurrection, begins with harsh memories, bitter sorrow, the desertion of friends, a fierce sense of abandonment, the cruelty of unexplainable inhumanity.

  • Almost Easter egg time

     Decorated eggs are usually part of the Easter fun. I know it’s still early, but I’m writing this column a couple weeks before Easter to encourage you to buy the eggs you plan to hard-cook and decorate now.

    Why? Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking.

  • Prosecution makes opening statement in murder trial, testimony begins

    Prosecutors said Richard Grissett’s need to get high brought him to the one of the lowest points of his life: Standing trial for the killing of an 86-year-old Longwood woman.

    Grissett is accused of beating Linne Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her home. Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said the crime resulted from Grissett’s desire to feed his crack cocaine addiction.

  • The light at the end of the tunnel: Spring

     One thing I know for certain is it has been one long and cold winter. Even well into April, we are having trouble shaking the effects of winter. Obviously it was cold, but the other kicker has been all the rain. However, as we approach Easter weekend, I feel as if the light at the end of the tunnel is bright, and yes, we are going to get back to fishing.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

     Results reported last week by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

    The Beachcombers played their second round of four of the young guys against the old guys tournament Friday, April 4, at Sandpiper Bay, and the young guys won 22-8. Low scores: Sid Silvers, 77; Tom Culverwell, 88; Scott MacBean and Gary Gutheil, 89. Net: Silvers, 63; Culverwell, 65; and Bob Cecil, 69.