Today's News

  • Sunset Beach mulls UDO changes

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is debating whether it should implement new landscaping requirements for homeowners.

    Discussion about this and other Unified Development Ordinance amendments ensued Tuesday, April 15, at a joint meeting of Sunset Beach Town Council and the town planning board.

    Town councilman Wilson Sherrill said he doesn’t think it’s appropriate for the town to tell a private property owner what can be done with landscaping on one’s “own private dirt.”

  • Customers get friendly fast-food service at 'Alice's restaurant'

    On a blasé, so-so Monday, the joyful voice of Alice Sapp electrifies the dining room at Wendy’s restaurant in Shallotte.

    “Hey, gentlemen, how y’all been?” Alice greets a group of men clad in matching pale-blue shirts at the front order counter inside the sunny eatery at Whiteville and Bridger roads.

    Alice knows the ATMC security employees by name as she takes their orders, rattling off a list of possible side dishes they might like.

  • Survivor recalls horror of 9/11

    BOLIVIA — Joe Dittmar remembers where he was and what he was doing Sept. 11, 2001.

    The Philadelphia native was one of only seven survivors out of 54 insurance executives attending a meeting that horrific morning on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York City.

  • 'Threats' reported to Sunset Beach police

    A Sunset Beach woman says she felt threatened when a local developer confronted her following a recent town planning board meeting.

    Jan Harris reported the incident to police after developer Sammy Varnam spoke to her in the town workshop room following the meeting April 3.

    “He told me if I did not stop writing lies about him, he was going to make me sorry,” Harris told the Beacon. “He kept on and on.”

  • 'Ceremonies in Dark Old Men' April 25-26 at Thalian

    The Willis Richardson Players and Triune Repertory Theatre & Film will present “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall Studio Theatre at 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

    The play by Lonne Elder III debuted Off Broadway in 1969 by Negro Ensemble Company, became a long-running commercial production and was adapted for television in 1975.

  • Gutjahr celebrates 102nd birthday

      Josephine Gutjahr celebrates her 102nd birthday at Carillon Assisted Living. Born March 22, 1912, in New Hampshire, she is the fourth of eight children, but the first child born in America to Italian parents. She moved to North Carolina from New Jersey in 2003 with her daughter and son-in-law, Roseann and Joe Kronski, and has been at Carillon since 2009. She still loves to sing hymns and Italian songs.



  • You can cook almost any vegetable right on your grill

     Many vegetables feel right at home on the grill, but some just aren’t cut out for it, especially those with a high water content. Cucumbers are a no-no on the grill, as is celery, lettuce or most leafy greens.

    A highly skilled backyard chef like me has no trouble grilling asparagus, eggplant, onions and even cabbage. Bell peppers, or even the hot variety, and onions are natural grilling choices.


  • I take, O cross, your shadow for my abiding place

     Some would say, “We’ve traveled a ‘fur piece’ this Lenten season.” Those who traveled the Lenten Wednesdays at noon for the annual Lenten luncheon worship services, especially, have come from happily standing beneath the cross to find hope amidst hopelessness, happy to shine our light on a world filled with false crosses and desperate situations. We’ve recognized the instability that comes when we build our house of grace on shifting sands. We’ve tasted the futility of erecting those edifices in the face of oncoming tides.

  • Try this egghead quiz

    Everyone loves colored eggs at this time of year, but how much do you really know about the egg itself? Quiz yourself to see.

    Answer TRUE or FALSE to these questions:

    1) An extremely old egg will sink to the bottom of a bowl of water.

    2) You can tell if an egg is raw or cooked by spinning it on a tabletop.

    3) The color of the egg yolk is determined by the food the chicken has eaten.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson