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Today's News

  • Doggie friends share treats: Scientists surprised, pet parents already knew

     A new scientific study published in Nature concludes dogs will share treats with other dogs, even if it means giving up their own goodies. Austrian researchers evaluated “pro-social” behaviors of dogs and found, to their surprise, that dogs offered goodwill gestures toward other dogs, especially if it was a familiar pooch. This study will help veterinarians and pet owners better understand canine behavior and makes me wonder how much my two dogs really like each other.

     

  • Volunteerism is important to goverance

    Often when people consider the concept of volunteerism, they think of it in terms of serving charities, like Habitat for Humanity, and civic organizations, like Kiwanis. It may not occur to them they can put their spare time toward guiding their local government and the direction of the communities in which they live.

    Within the past month, the Beacon has published appeals from Shallotte, Leland and Holden Beach for volunteers to serve on various municipal boards and committees.

  • Fingerprints tell a story
  • Guest columns, letters, different viewpoints always welcome

    Let me call your attention this week to Tom Myers’ guest column on the opposite page. In it, he offers a concise and thoughtful response to last week’s editorial about Holden Beach’s revised noise ordinance.

    It marks at least the third time since I’ve been at the helm of this newspaper’s newsroom — and, as such, the writer of the editorial opinions of our editorial board — we’ve been able to publish a guest column (beyond a 300-word or less letter to the editor) responding directly to a position taken by the Beacon.

  • Can you make it past Jan. 17?

     Good news for all you New Year’s resolution makers,or those of you who set any goals for 2016.

     

    If you’ve kept up your commitments to this point, you only have one more weekto beat the odds of keeping them.

     

    That’s right: If you can make it past Jan. 17, you’ll have beaten the national average! I’ve remembered this date ever since fitness expert Cindy Boggs relayed it to me a few years ago.

     

    Tick tock

     

  • What is this mystery plant?

     

     

    By John Nelson

    “Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”— George Bernard Shaw, 1903

     

    This is the leaf of a very strong oak, and there is one of these growing in my front yard here in Columbia, S.C. It’s a wonderful tree, must be 70 feet tall, with a rounded, spreading crown. The trunk has a circumference of 9.5 feet, and a diameter of about 3 feet, or so (d = c/π, as I recall).

  • Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

     Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center

     

    Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

    Starting a new year is traditionally about looking forward, starting new and setting goals you may or may not keep. However, I am going to devote the first column of the New Year to looking back at the accomplishments of the 2015 Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Brunswick County.

  • Cold temperatures outside call for warm, hearty chili inside

     

    Find winter’s warmth in a big bowl of easy-to-prepare chili. This quick and easy recipe is a hearty meal that we have enjoyed at our home for many years. It tastes like it’s been cooking on the stove for hours, but can be eaten in about 30 minutes.

    I must confess this recipe is strictly my wife’s, and since she has been making it for us for a long time, I asked her if she would share it with our readers. Not a problem— until I asked her for the recipe!

  • Sirens to be tested around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 13, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • VIDEO: Darnel Brooks wrestling

    North Brunswick sophomore Darnel Brooks wins the 160-pound title in the Scorpion Invitational by second-period fall.