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Today's News

  • Now is the time to make changes to your garden

    This weekend, I spent most of my time re-planting and moving plants that I had planted last fall. I am easily bored with my garden and find it refreshing to change its look now and then.
    My creeping sedum was desperate for a haircut and my roses were waiting to be deadheaded. Some of my plants, like my lantana, struggled to survive the heat of the summer, but are now in full bloom.

  • Now is the best time to add new plants to your yard

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    As the weather grows cooler, most landscape plants begin to go dormant. Fall is an excellent time to install new plant material.
    Many home gardeners like to install plants in the spring when their leaves are unfurling and many go into bloom. Spring planting is acceptable, but fall planting is preferable. The summer months are not good for planting due to the intense heat and prolonged dry spells.

  • Popular Southern comfort dishes are made with frugal ingenuity

    Southern comfort food is typically made from inexpensive cuts of meat (most often chicken and/or pork) combined with an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice and corn. It’s known by various names, from Creole, Cajun and Carolina low country to soul food.

  • Community briefs

    Votes for Canine Angels needed
    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., company is offering $1,000 for the most votes for a local charity, Canine Angels.
    Canine Angels is a nonprofit based in Horry County, S.C., which rescues dogs from area shelters and provides for their training, with the aid of volunteers, to become service dogs for disabled veterans.
    Please go to this website: http://www.trustfourstar.com/CaringfortheCommunity.html, and go to the form at the bottom.

  • Half-goat, half-fish, surf and turf constellation

    A triangle in the sky can give a helpful tip in finding a half-goat, half-fish creature. Additionally, it can help in finding a dude pouring water out all over Earth, a big fish, and a microscope. It is such a helpful triangle. Euclid would have been proud of this helpful triangle. Go spend some time outside since it is late summer, and the temperatures are lower, and see if you can find this triangle in the south-southeast sky.

  • McCumbee delivers another top-10 finish

    BY COURTNEY McGARRY
    SPECIAL TO THE BEACON
    Neither a misfiring ignition box nor the surrounding mayhem could keep Chad McCumbee from delivering ModSpace and Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) from another impressive top-10 finish Sept. 5 in the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
    The driver of the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion was forced to give up his ninth-place starting spot when the team decided to change the ignition box as a precautionary measure before the 100-lap race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

  • Stay well for life

    BY LANDON PATTERSON
    EAGLE LEVEL PARTICIPANT
    There are so many different ways to stay healthy for life. The First Tee has encompassed life skills for eagle level participants that reach outside of the arena of golf. One of which is staying healthy for life.
    This is important to me as I work to become a better basketball player and golfer as well as stay fit and healthy. I have always enjoyed eating healthy and working out.

  • Highlights, scores of area golf tourneys

    The Beachcombers played a Stableford tournament Friday at Carolina Shores. The winners with a score of 22.5 points were Dan O’Connell, Bill Cameron and Ed Hennessey. In second with 13 points were Gary Gutheil, Paul Michal, Bob Smith and Jack Goin.

  • A retrospective of Sept. 11, 2001

    My family had an intimate knowledge of the World Trade Center in the years before 9-11. My husband’s firm, Deloitte & Touche (then Deloitte, Haskins & Sells), took up five floors of the North Tower starting in 1980.
    We have many happy memories of the World Trade Center: dinners at Windows on the World Restaurant; the whooshing express elevator that brought you from the lobby to the 110th floor in a matter of seconds; the views of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, New Jersey, the Hudson River, the Battery and the Statue of Liberty.

  • There’s been fair fishing this summer; now offshore wahoo action is heating up

    Sometimes you have to make things worse before they can get better. I believe such is going to be the case with our local fishing.
    This summer has been fair fishing, but nothing spectacular. After the wind of July, August was actually a good weather month, but most of the offshore fisheries were lacking. The water temperatures had risen into the mid- 80s, and despite clear waters with lots of baitfish, the predators just weren’t present.