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Today's News

  • Calabash Fire Department January 2018

    During the month of January 2018, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 188 calls: 10 structure fires, four woods/brush fires, a controlled burn, 10 fire alarms, two gas leaks, seven motor vehicle accidents, a rescue call, an investigation, 27 public assistance, two mutual aid, an other and 122 EMS first-response calls.

  • Community needs more details on county flu death cases

    T his flu season has been one of the worst in recent history. Flu activity remains high for most of the country, with some areas still rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its Jan. 26 report.

    “This is the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic,” the CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan said. “The rapid increase in cases we have been seeing after the winter holidays … is among all ages, but is higher in children.”

  • Saturday events convey hometown connections

    I’m pleased to report the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s ninth annual SOUPer Bowl at Shallotte Presbyterian Church were each a rousing success this past Saturday.

    I didn’t make it to the latter event because I was working at the former with my friend, colleague and occasional stylist Nancy Nalewajek, the Beacon’s bookkeeper, but my friend, colleague and Beacon staff writer Laura Lewis did.

  • District court docket for Jan. 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 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, Jan. 22

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following case with prosecutor Shirley Smircic and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    We have no bananas today, but we have something very, very similar, something that brings us a very decidedly Latin American addition to our menus. This wonderful stuff, hot and tasty, comes from a fruit that looks like a banana. In fact, they represent a different variety of the same hybrid plant which is the banana of commerce.  

  • Meats, potatoes and veggies taste better with romesco sauce

    Romesco sauce is a classic and very popular Spanish condiment, a spicy almond and red pepper pesto-like mixture. It’s such a popular sauce in Spain that it has been referred to as the “ketchup” of Spain.

  • Change your protein

    Editor’s note: Sixth in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

  • How much do you gossip — and how does it affect you?

    By Linda Arnold

         Gossip is tempting. We hear things about people all the time. But where do you draw the line between normal curiosity and being part of the rumor mill?

         Most of us have been the subject of gossip at some point in our lives, and we’ve all felt the sting of humiliation that goes along with it.

          On the other hand, we’ve all done some gossiping of our own, and we may have hurt someone’s feelings as a result.

  • Lent is a desert rainbow of remembrance

    When Lent arrives in the throes of springtime, I have a hard time with its accompanying theme of passionate suffering. New life sprouts around me, especially in the southern climes where warmth leaves late and returns early to soothe arthritic bones. The paradox of pain in the midst of rising spirits is a hard pill to swallow. I want to concentrate on the green leaves peeping out from their cold dirt hibernation, forget winter and enjoy springtime’s slide into summer. Lent has no place in those plans. Yet, here it is.

  • Two common puppy elbow and shoulder diseases you should know

    I love puppies, kittens and most every critter around (except for that black widow spider that nearly killed my late father when he was a kid). As a veterinarian for more than 25 years, I’ve also seen my share of inherited orthopedic diseases in the furry family members I serve. Here are two fairly common joint diseases I think every new puppy owner should know about.

     

    Elbow dysplasia

    “Elbow what?!”