Today's News

  • Having a tattooed heart is love inked in boundless compassion



    The year 2011 was monumental for me. It touched, but never exceeded the proportions of love recalled and recounted in a book that brought Hubby Dear to tears. Each page of each chapter conveyed details that brought hearts tattooed with love and compassion into clear vision. More than that, they evoked imitation.

  • Your personal best is yours alone – stop comparing

     By Linda Arnold


    Michael Phelps. Serena Williams.  Bill Gates.


    Now that Olympic season is here, those who are at the top of their games are in the spotlight.  And, whether it’s swimming, tennis or business, there are constant reminders all around us.


    While these role models can serve to motivate you, they can also have the effect of negative comparisons if you’re not careful.


  • What is this mystery plant?

     PE-can vs. pe-CON … that age-old pronunciation issue just won’t seem to go away.

    I’m an adherent to the former pronunciation, although there are those in my family who like it the other way, which is OK. (After all, there are more important and divisive issues — like how to eat grits.)

  • Enjoy these hot summer days while keeping cool in the kitchen

     When it’s hot outside and you’re entertaining guests, or just hanging around with your better half, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and spend more time in a roasting kitchen than you have to.

    While your outside grill is occupied with the main course, you can have some make-ahead appetizers ready to go. Just pull these special dishes out of the fridge and serve cold or warmed slightly. And don’t forget to have plenty of cool beverages on hand during these hot, summer days of August.


  • Tar Heel alumni club to form in Little River, S.C.

     A new University of North Carolina Tar Heel Alumni Club is forming in Little River, S.C.

    The organizational meeting for the new Coastal Tar Heel Carolina Club will be Aug. 25 at Julian’s Sports Bar, 2551 U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., just inside the South Carolina border. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

    New members can join a committee to help organize events and activities that connect local Tar Heels with each other and back to the university.

  • Leadership Brunswick County accepts applications

    Leadership Brunswick County is a program sponsored by Brunswick Community College and the Southport-Oak Island Area, North Brunswick and Brunswick County chambers of commerce to develop corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for Brunswick County. It is designed to identify highly motivated, emerging leaders and educate them about the needs of our community, as well as the dynamics of social and economic changes.

  • Leland Police offers citizens academy

    The Leland Police Department is offering a citizens academy showing an inside look into police duties on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 25. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug.19.

    The application is on the town website, townofleland.com under Police Resources. Complete the form and mail or deliver to Lt. Jeremy Humphries, Leland Police Department, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes police to host meeting

    The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department will host its next community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Boiling Spring Lakes City Hall.

    John and Lisa McNeill from Alligator Alliance will make a presentation on alligators and what the community should know about these animals that are native to this area.

    Residents can also communicate directly with Police Chief Brad Shirley and other members of the department about any issues or concerns they may have.

  • NCDOT continues nightly closures on ramp at battleship

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will continue nightly closures on the ramp at the Battleship North Carolina for Carolina Beach, South U.S. 421, East U.S. 76 and North Business U.S. 17, weather permitting.

    These closures will continue each week Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Sept. 30 until the work is completed. There will be no ramp closures permitted Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Sports correspondent needed

    The Brunswick Beacon is seeking a sports correspondent to cover football and other fall sports. Send resume/email to sports@brunswickbeacon.com.