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Today's News

  • Szafarski graduates from basic

     Army Pvt. Ronald M. Szafarski, son of Patricia A. Szafarski of Shallotte and Ronald C. Szafarski of Amherst, N.Y., has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

     

  • Some ideas for reducing wasted food

     Wasted food. You know what I’m talking about: that shriveled-up peach in the back of the crisper drawer. Perhaps it’s something green in a restaurant take-out box. Or a can of split pea soup that no one in your family will eat. This is food that will be thrown away. Estimates show the average American family of four wastes between $1,300 and $2,300 in food each year. That’s a lot of money that could be used for something else.

  • Fighting monsters is for brave warriors

     I remember meeting a math teacher at Brunswick Community College who, years ago, initiated a Fight Your Dragon process. Apparently, she had heard — too often — the cry of students who feared math and had convinced themselves it was far too difficult a challenge. They opted to take the road more traveled, the path of avoidance and denial.

     

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

     

    Of course, we all know Forrest Gump’s beautiful city of Savannah. Ga., with its midnight gardens, as well as the river that flows between Georgia and South Carolina, but a savanna is different.

  • Chicken à la King has been popular for more than 100 years

     Consisting of diced chicken in a creamy sauce, and often with sherry, mushrooms and other vegetables, chicken à la king can be served over rice, noodles, toasted bread or biscuits.

     

  • A lucky day in retirement land

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve had some great days since I retired three years ago, but this one is worth sharing.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, we passed a controversial bill on zoning and aesthetic control by towns and we voted to override the governor’s veto on the magistrates’ recusal bill.

    The weather in Raleigh got hotter as the days wore on. The debate in the House also heated up as the days wore on. We started the week with bills we all could agree on and finished with a shocking override vote.

  • Telling the story of Calabash Volunteer EMS

    By Troy Thorup

    Guest Columnist

    How do you tell a story that is almost 35 years long, one that is written in not words, but the countless hours of selflessness given by so many over the years? One that tells the story of a community coming together, to stand watch over their neighbors in a time that predates our current county-based EMS system? How do you summarize the contributions of so many over the decades? You can’t.

  • Shark attacks leave no one to blame

    We feel it is safe to say everyone in Brunswick County is as sorry to read about three separate shark encounters that left three children injured within four days along our beaches as we are to report them. Our community strives to be hospitable, welcomes visitors and wants all to enjoy the time they spend here.
    Perhaps the most maddening aspect of the story is the fact no one is at fault for what happened, especially to the children who were maimed at Oak Island last Sunday afternoon.

  • Swamp park adventures, part II

    To bring you up to speed, two weeks ago a few of my Beacon coworkers and I were granted a preview of a zip line course at Shallotte River Swamp Park, which had its official grand opening last Friday. My colleagues completed the entire 10-line course, while I managed to finish 1¾ of it, having gotten myself stuck on my second effort because of vertigo, short arms and a sudden panic attack.