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Today's News

  • Smith honored for 55 years of service

     The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts had its 72nd annual meeting Jan. 3-5 at the Sheraton Imperial at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh. The association’s theme for this past year was “Conservation — Contagious Enthusiasm.”

  • Changes to Medicare Part A and B

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reevaluate the costs for Medicare Parts A and B to determine if changes need to be made to deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums.

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is available to North Carolina’s Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to help them understand how the coming changes will affect them in 2016.

    Part B: Medical insurance

  • You decide: Should North Carolina borrow money to build?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolinians are being asked to consider a big mortgage for the state. Totaling $2 billion, the mortgage would allow the state to build a variety of projects, including university and community college facilities, water and sewer infrastructure and recreational offerings.

    There are two key questions for voters to ponder: First, is mortgage financing appropriate? Second, are the projects worthy?

  • Oatmeal for a cold morning

     I think it’s appropriate that January is Oatmeal Month. Our weather here in southeastern North Carolina is a little chilly so far this month, making it a nice time to wake up to warm comforting oatmeal.

    There used to only be a couple types of oatmeal available, but now the choices are many and they may be a little confusing. All types of oatmeal start with oat groats, which are oat grains without the hulls. In general, you can choose your oatmeal based on the time you have to prepare it and the texture you prefer.

  • Major crime plus national notoriety equals front-page news

    After another mammoth Powerball drawing, it’s a good time to address the Beacon’s coverage of its most famous Brunswick County winner and her boyfriend.

    Go back to July 2014, when a high-speed chase led to the arrest of Kevin Jermaine Hankins of Supply in what was then the largest seizure ever of heroin — more than 8,000 bindles, or doses — in Brunswick County.

  • Why does my kitten … ?

     Common kitten questions 

    Cats are curious critters. They’re fiercely independent, notably nocturnal and difficult to discern. In other words, they’re probably cleverer than most humans. Here are some of the most common kitten questions I get from cat people.

     

    How long do cats live?

  • We are all called to proclaim the mighty works of God

        Annually, the week between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 is both designated and celebrated as the Week of Christian Unity. Most importantly, it is a week of prayerful recognition of our need to be united and one of petition that we will act positively and consistently to attain that goal. Year after year, we pray for something always hoped for but seldom a global reality. It is a week when our consciences are pricked, our consciousness is raised, and our commitment is recalled.

  • Winning lottery depends on your interpretation

      By Linda Arnold

    As I write this, there’s a national lottery jackpot up for grabs to the tune of $1.5 billion.  With a “b.”

    Maybe there has been a winner, or winners. Maybe it was you. If so, please send me an email to the address below. If not, read on.

    It’s fun to get caught up in the “what if” frenzy that’s sweeping the country, and to imagine what you’d do with all that money.

  • Pets enhance health, sense of community

    In this week’s edition, in addition to a regular weekly column by Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, we profile a new program at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply that brings canine comfort to visitors. Called Wagging Welcome, it uses specially trained and groomed canine volunteers to meet and greet people at the hospital every weekday and shows the positive impact pets can have on people.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Ancient and very beautiful, a plant group that has always fascinated humans: the ferns.