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Today's News

  • Small trees that handle the drought

    If your “honey-do” list includes new trees for the landscape, you may want to consider how well your plants will hold up under the dry conditions we’ve had this year. Of course, they need to be good plants that perform well in all of our erratic weather. Chinese fringe tree, loquat and several tough flowering cherries are great choices for our challenging growing conditions.

  • Senior site menus

    Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Oct. 4

    Pork cutlet/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Oct. 5

    Barbecue chicken, new potatoes with parsley, spinach, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Oct. 6

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, orange juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Oct. 7

  • Community briefs

    BFA accepting applications 

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications on Oct. 1, by appointment only, for its Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. The agency will continue to take applications through Nov. 12.

    Applicants should call 754-4766 to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. Applications will also be taken at Victory Free Will Baptist Church and Family Resource Center in Leland.

  • The secret to good, grilled barbecue chicken: low and slow

    Chicken is probably one of the most popular foods to grill, yet I’ve found out that for most of us, it seems to be the most troublesome to cook.

    The biggest problem is with bone-in chicken and flare-ups caused by the skin melting and then dropping on the flame, which in turn causes the chicken to burn faster on the outside. But because it contains bones, it takes longer to cook than your standard burgers and steaks. And, no one wants to eat chicken that is anything less than well done. Most of us end up with chicken burnt on the outside and raw close to the bone.

  • Baseball and the stars above

    By Mark Jankowski

    Ingram Planetarium senior engineer

    Autumn has sprung. Wait a minute. Can autumn spring? Well, maybe I should say autumn has fallen. The temperatures do not reflect the change of seasons but daylight is growing shorter, school buses are on the road again, and stores have winter coats on display. That is just the change here on the ground.

  • Weather watch: Towns keeping eye on storm

    Area towns are participating in Brunswick County conference calls and will continue to do so.

    Calabash Town Hall is still operating on regular hours. At this time staff does not anticipate closing early Wednesday or starting late Thursday, interim town administrator Kelley Southward says. The town services department is monitoring streets and the flow of stormwater. Staff is prepared to continue monitoring the rest of Wednesday and through the night. Staff and the town's emergency management committee will be put on standby.

  • Weather watch: Road issues

    Thursday

    8:31 p.m. Gilbert Road at the bridge near Blockhouse Road is closed. 

    7:55 p.m. N.C. 211 at Lockwood Folly bridge is closed. Will be routing traffic down Midway Road off N.C. 211 and down Stone Chimney Road.

    5:39 p.m. West side of town at Caswell, Bay and 9th flooded in Southport. Roads are closed.

    2:20 p.m. Empire Road (about half a mile from Mount Pisgah Road) is washed out and caving in. High water reported at Medcalf Drive and Sunset Lakes Boulevard. The dam at lake Medcalf is overflowing.

  • Weather watch: Flash flood warning in effect

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a flash flood warning for eastern Brunswick County through 8 a.m. Thursday. A flood warning is in effect through 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

    Flash flooding is happening in parts of Brunswick County as moderate to heavy rain moves onshore.

    Do not drive through flooded areas.

    A high risk of rip currents will be in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather watch: BCC campus to close at 3 p.m.

    Brunswick Community College will close down its campus at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) due to weather.

    Check www.brunswickbeacon.com for updates when they become available, or call the campus at 755-7300.

  • Weather watch: Closings, delays

    Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, Oct. 1.

    Brunswick Community College will operate on a normal schedule Friday, but BCC’s Early Childcare Center and Brunswick Interagency program will be closed Friday.

    Brunswick County Schools and government offices will be closed Thursday.

    Battleship N.C. Ghost Ship cast meeting for Thursday has been canceled.

    Leland Rotary's Sept. 30 meeting has been canceled.