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Today's News

  • The never-ending search for civility

    It’s easy to understand the passion that bubbles up from people who care about children, especially when they believe something has gone wrong.

    Tracey Danka is a citizen who has garnered media attention by arguing for what she hopes is an improved, safer learning environment for children in Brunswick County. But has she done it the right way?

    Danka has been accused of a misdemeanor offense of assault after Patricia Rourk’s mother Meriam Reid accused Danka of moving her hands in a threatening manner toward her. Reid claims she thought she was going to be struck.

  • DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. Sept. 10, 11, 12 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 10

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Kenneth Franklin Adcox, fail to wear seat belt/driver, voluntarily dismissed.

    Wesley Keith Adkins, fail to secure passenger under 16, costs.

    Jacob Aaron Akers, speeding 58 in a 45 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs; expired/no inspection sticker, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury meets, returns indictments on Sept. 8

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Sept. 8:

    Adam Clayton Abbott, 33, of 1547 Randall St. SW, Ocean Isle Beach; felony possession of cocaine.

  • The more things change

    Last week’s story about Varnamtown’s residents celebrating the 20th anniversary of the town’s incorporation had me curious about what other goings-on the local community paper reported 20 years ago.

    Here at the Beacon office, going through old papers can get a little addictive.

    Around the same time Varnamtown was officially proclaimed a municipality, the beach towns were doing their best to clean up their acts, with 380 people volunteering for the annual Beach Sweep.

  • Trying hard to lose weight? Just eat more food and more often!

    We’ve heard all the notions about weight loss, some of them generations old.

    “If you eat grapefruit before a meal, you’ll burn off calories.” “A shot of unprocessed apple cider vinegar cleanses your body and helps you lose weight.” “Eating after 8 p.m. packs on the pounds.” Are those old wives tales or solid advice?

  • Pictures of patriotism

    The theme was “patriotism” for the juried competition at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club.

    Members submitted images depicting different views of patriotic subjects and scenes. The winners were as follows:

    First place: Charlie Mastrovich for “Southport 4th of July.”

    Second place: Wendy Wagner for “Patriotic Reflections.”

    Third place: John Ennis for “Snow Spangled Banner.”

  • The World War II Years (1940-1945) at Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach during World War II and before was named Hale’s Beach.

    During World War II, the only structure on Hale’s Beach was a U.S. Coast Guard camp that was home for 20 men on Gause’s Hill. The mission of the Coast Guard men was to ride along the beach every day on horseback and watch for German spies, downed airplanes, submarines, blackout violations, or any suspicious activity.

  • Arts & Entertainment calendar

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Exhibit culminates with Oct. 3 open house at Franklin Square Gallery

    Franklin Square Gallery in Southport is featuring its new exhibit “The Figure Exposed,” which culminates with an open house at the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3.

    Last spring, many local painters attended a workshop in experimental techniques in figure painting. They have been refining their paintings over the summer, and this show is the culmination of their work.

  • Tackling turf tasks during cooler weather

    The cooler days and nights mean our warm-season grasses are slowing growth and getting ready for winter’s dormant period, but there are still some things you can do to keep things looking good through the fall and winter.

    If you just can’t stand the brown grass this winter, overseed with ryegrass in early to mid-October. If weeds are a major problem for you, a pre-emergence herbicide applied now will help. Make sure you keep debris like pine straw and leaves cleaned up.