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Today's News

  • Seek stars below the fish

    Looking toward the southeast, a stargazer’s eyes will fix on a bright star just over the treetops. If lucky enough to be on the beach, a stargazer will see the star about 15 degrees above the waves. At 7:15 p.m. in either location, the stars begin their nightly show. That bright star marks the mouth of a fish, and below the fish are some interesting constellations. 

  • Support the environment this oyster season by recycling shells

    It’s time to pull out the iron grate and roast oysters over the fire pit. That means it’s time to recycle those shells, as well.

    The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Oyster Shell Recycling Program provides 126 drop-off centers for shellfish lovers to chuck their shucks, including new recycling sites opening Oct. 26 in Clinton. More than 70 restaurants in various counties participate in this program. Recycling oyster shells helps reduce waste flow into landfills and benefits the environment.

  • Creative Exchange event Nov. 10

    Sunset River Marketplace’s Creative Exchange series continues with “Creative Accessorizing Made Easy” by style expert Betsy Russell from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

    The fee is $5 and includes lunch. Due to limited seating, reservations are required.

  • Franklin Square Gallery plans First Friday event for Nov. 5

    Forget the footstools. This is not your grandmother’s needlepoint. The designs, wall-art pieces, pillows and ornaments featured at Franklin Square Gallery’s First Friday event on Nov. 5 reflect the latest trends in needle arts. 

    The public is invited to visit Franklin Square Gallery throughout the day and then attend the evening reception from 5-7 p.m. as part of downtown Southport’s November Gallery Walk. Admission is free. Two other local galleries, Lantana and Art at 211, will also participate in the evening Gallery Walk.

  • American Legion blood drive set for Saturday, Nov. 6

    The American Legion in Calabash will host a community blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

    Call 575-5037 for an appointment. All presenting donors will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a pair of Delta Roundup airline tickets.

    An announcement in last week’s Beacon incorrectly listed the event date as Saturday, Oct. 23.

  • Religion briefs

    Church plans homecoming

    Help celebrate homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church at 4754 Blue Banks Loop Road in Leland.

    Guest speaker will be the Rev. Gordon Griffin of Moore’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Currie. 

    Dinner will be served following the morning service and will include ribs, turkey wings, rice and gravy, potato salad, peas, butter beans, okra, corn on the cob, rolls and assorted desserts.

  • Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

    Congregational chatter in the sanctuary before the dedication began indicated the delight of God’s people in their new place. The excitement rose by degrees as folks entered pews, smiling welcome and receiving greetings in turn. 

  • Baked, fried or grilled catfish is a healthy choice for dinner

    The secret to delicious catfish is not to overcook it. Once its flesh has become opaque and can be easily pierced with a fork, it’s done.

    Catfish is known to be an excellent source of vitamin B12, in addition to potassium and niacin. My doctor said I needed more vitamin D and catfish fit the bill, probably because of its tendency to eat algae and anything else along the bottom of the ponds.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Nov. 1

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, orange juice, vanilla pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Nov. 2

    Pork cutlet/gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3

    Turkey tettrazini, field peas, peaches, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Nov. 4

  • New program will help BCC students get degrees

    An innovative new partnership will help local students stay in Brunswick County to complete some of the college studies they previously had to pursue out of the area.

    On Monday, BCC and the University of North Carolina Wilmington announced a new partnership that will allow students to finish the final two years of their elementary education degrees in Brunswick County. 

    The program will allow students to study at BCC’s Leland Center instead of having to travel to Wilmington to UNCW.