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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     “The air was now cool and salubrious, and riding seven or eight miles, through a pine forest, I came to Sapello bridge, to which the salt tide flows. I here stopped…”

                William Bartram, 1741, “Travels”

     

  • He will add humility wherever he goes

     Funerals are never easy events for me. They evoke multiple and mixed feelings. Loss and regret commingle with sorrow and blessing. Relief and sadness embrace. Tears flow as tender smiles erupt. Past and present merge into an unknown future. Cultural commands dictating appropriate behavior collide with an innate sense of rightness that opposes propriety.

  • Rice as a main dish? Think paella, jambalaya, sushi and risotto

     Rice has always been considered a natural convenience food. It’s easy to store and always ready to use … no washing, peeling or chopping required. Once opened, I keep mine in an airtight container in the pantry.

    I recently learned that brown rice should be stored in a refrigerator or freezer if you plan to keep it for more than a few months, due to the freshness of the oil contained in the bran layer. Cooked rice will usually hold up for a week if stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or up to six months in the freezer.

     

  • Sunset Beach denies dredging report

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has denied a motion to accept a dredging report from the town environmental resource committee.

    The 3-2 vote came during the board meeting Tuesday morning, Feb. 21.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato made a motion to accept the ERC report to be used by government agencies participating in an upcoming dredging scoping meeting.

  • Fire fee formula raises uncertainty in Calabash

    CALABASH — Chalk up Calabash as another town concerned about possible fire fee changes in Brunswick County.

    At their monthly meeting Feb. 14, town commissioners discussed the county’s current survey and “peer review analysis” of the county fire protection system, which has sparked concern about whether the county will change the way county fire departments, particularly the Calabash Fire Department, are financed.

  • 11th Beacon Expo serves up healthy options Feb. 25

    Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 11th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 64 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers, and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • Teen Court set for Feb. 28

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives more of our policy committees began meeting to handle bills, we passed several key bills and we filed up to 120 bills so far, some of which I sponsored.

  • A little kindness still goes a long way

    One of my favorite things about being a community newspaper editor is getting great response from readers about what we publish and the community we serve.

  • Folk artist Adam Miller entertains at Hickmans Crossroads Library on March 2

    American folk singer, storyteller and autoharpist Adam Miller performs a free concert at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road. The accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist and song collector, who has amassed a repertoire of more than 5,000 songs, accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking on acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. The program is open to the public. For more information call the library at 575-0173 or go to folksinging.org.