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Today's News

  • Gantry collapses at U.S. 74/76 construction site

     A gantry collapsed at a Brunswick County highway construction site last week, but no one was injured as a result.

    As North Carolina Department of Transportation crews worked on U.S. 74/76 near Leland and the Brunswick River about 3 p.m. on June 30, a gantry collapsed and dropped a girder into the marsh, NCDOT spokesman Brian Rick wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    A gantry is a bridgelike structure used to support construction equipment such as cranes.

  • Teen in critical condition after being struck by vehicle in Southport

     A teenage boy is in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after being struck by a vehicle Saturday night in Southport.

    Southport police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Simeon Smith, of Tobes Road NE in Bolivia, and charged him with serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed for a pedestrian, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated during District Criminal Court on June 22 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, June 22

    Judges Jerry A Jolly and William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

    Caleb Adams, PG DWI.

  • Norman awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

     Long time public servant Foster Norman received staff, colleagues, family and special guests during a retirement reception June 25 at CoastalCare in Wilmington, where he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, among other recognitions. 

  • Mattutats celebrate 65th anniversary

     Hank and Marilyn Mattutat celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 8. Residents of Carolina Shores for 27 years, they previously resided in The Bronx and Long Island, N.Y. They have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • West wins American Woman Pageant
  • It’s important to be people who remember
  • Bring out the natural flavor of fruits and veggies on the grill

     Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Next time you throw some steaks and burgers on the grill, add some grilled fruits and veggies to your next cookout menu. Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness and the flavor of grilled veggies is greatly enhanced when they are lightly charred.

    Almost any fruit can be cooked on the grill. Apples, pears and pineapple are easier to grill than softer fruits such as peaches, plums and watermelon, which require more attention to prevent overcooking. They only need to be heated, not cooked.

  • Plants struggle during the Great Heat Wave of 2015

     Back in the dark ages of the early 1980s before Eddie Murphy grew too rich to be funny anymore, he made a movie called “Beverly Hills Cop.” Glenn Frey of earlier and later Eagles fame recorded a song called “The Heat is On” for its soundtrack. While the temperatures haven’t been tickling the triple digits in the past few days, that song title aptly describes most of the month of June.

  • More on hot dogs

     Last week I talked about a few basic food safety tips to think about during the summer months. There are some special foods that we tend to eat more often in the summer than other times of the year. One of these is hot dogs. I just touched on them previously, but checking the facts for that column lead me to think more about this summertime favorite.