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Today's News

  • Students take part in national horticulture convention

    Twelve youth delegates representing the state of North Carolina attended the 76th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s (NJHA) annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 8-11.

    Founded in 1934, NJHA was the first organization to provide a national platform for youth to build a basic understanding and skills in the art and science of horticulture. Through national contests, projects, field trips and workshops, NJHA connects young people to careers in the horticulture industry and develops their appreciation for the importance of plants in our daily lives.

  • Autumn is here, get out your rakes for compost

    Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    It’s autumn and that means it’s time to start raking those leaves, but instead of just bagging up foliage and throwing it away, look into ways leaves can be composted.

  • Camellia sasanqua performs well in cool weather

    By Susan Brown
    County Extension Agent

    The cooler weather and shorter days cause many plants to go dormant. One plant that is gearing up to perform is the wonderful camellia sasanqua. Like magnolias, they are a Southern favorite. Sasanquas are evergreen and the foliage alone makes this plant a gem in the garden.

  • Cool weather weed invasion

    As the temperatures cool into the 30s at night and the days hover in the 60s, we know  winter isn’t too far away. Our winters aren’t usually too bad, but these cooler temperatures set the stage for cool weather weeds like wild garlic and annual bluegrass to fill in weak spots in the lawn.

  • Community briefs

    Parks and Rec plans trip

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is planning a community trip to Christmas at Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The cost is $50 per person for the Thursday, Dec. 9, performance and includes transportation from Bolivia and Shallotte, show admission and dinner. 

    A bus will depart Bolivia at about 2:30 p.m. with an additional pickup at the Shallotte Rest Area at 2:45 p.m. and return around 10 p.m.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Nov. 22

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24

    Macaroni and cheese, ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Nov. 25

    Thanksgiving Day.

    Friday, Nov. 26

    Closed.

  • Consider adding a new dish to your Thanksgiving holiday tradition

    Have you ever wondered how our Thanksgiving celebration became a major national holiday?

    Most people credit the pilgrims with the beginning of Thanksgiving, although it’s not really known for sure. Around 1621, they experienced a bountiful harvest following an extremely rough winter a year earlier. They celebrated the occasion with a three-day feast, inviting local natives to share their bounty, as they ate wild game and cooked the many foods they gathered, including pumpkin, corn and berries. 

  • Pottery show under way through Dec. 4

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is featuring works by instructor Jane Truesdale’s pottery class in a show that opened Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 4.

    The exhibit includes a range of hand-built and wheel-thrown clay pieces by Ann Kwarta, Mary Cross, Janet Archambault, Kate Stello, Kathie Wolk, Marlene Gaspersohn, Patricia Hanson, Barbara Valcenburg, Rose Beyer, Debbie Asbill, Vivian Swanson and Betsy Russell.

  • The year is creeping closer to a close; we’re looking ahead to 2011

    It’s hard to believe next week Brunswick County residents will be headed out to local stores to try to find the best and hottest deals of the holiday season.

    How is it already November? Can you believe the end of the year is almost here?

    Here at The Brunswick Beacon, we’re already looking forward to what we’re going to do in 2011.

    From planning special sections and projects to setting individual and team goals, we’ll be spending the next few months determining what we do well and what we can do better.

  • Support local charities during this giving season

    Everyone knows the economy has been tough. 

    While citizens have struggled with everything from job losses to high unemployment, there may be no other time when these financial losses are as evident as during the holidays.

    On Monday, the last day Brunswick Family Assistance accepted applications for its holiday assistance, about 100 people stopped by to sign up for help.

    That’s one day.

    That’s one charity.