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Today's News

  • We're headed in a bad direction

    To the editor:

    I have forgotten the exact date, but in mid-September Barbara Stanley (no relation) had a letter published in The Beacon concerning the Bush administration and the awful mess he has gotten our country into.

    I would like to congratulate Ms. Stanley. Her letter was informative. She knows what is going on in the world and the people behind all the trouble our world is in. I wish all Americans knew as much as she does.

    Our country is bankrupt, and the dollar, or should I say Federal Reserve Note, is headed toward being worthless.

  • Superintendent's Corner: Democracy’s Promise: Educate Every Child

    We find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st century with the greatest educational challenge in the history of our great country. Many Americans do not place the same value on education, as did citizens of past generations.

    We must regain the commitment to public education that has almost vanished during the past few decades. What has happened to the American dream? And if American adults have stopped dreaming, who is modeling the urgency of an education for our youth?

  • Join anti-annexation group

    To the editor:

    In response to Joseph Pasulka of Southport—www.fairannexation.com (FAC) is the site you should join.

    At present, the site lists all North Carolina representatives who have or have not supported HR2367 bill for annexation moratorium.

    Sen. R.C. Soles (D) of District 8 refused to sign the request to Sen. Rand to send HR2367 annexation moratorium bill to the Senate floor. You can be mad at the mayor, and the both of us can be mad at Soles.

    Arthur Weisgerber

    Calabash

  • 4-H visits Bolivia Elementary School

    4-H member and Roger Bacon Academy student Amber Yurgel visits with Bolivia Elementary School students during National 4-H Week. With her bag of books in tow, Yurgel read to Ms. Stammer's, Ms. Brown's and Ms. Lewis’ classes. The mission of 4-H’ers is to make a difference in their communities, in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as  catalysts for positive change. For National 4-H Week, Yurgel chose as her community-based project to share some of her favorite books and tell about her experiences with 4-H since age 5.

  • Effects on veterans far reaching

    To the editor:

    In a few short weeks, we’ll have a new leader for our country and perhaps a new hope for getting out of Iraq.

    For nearly six of the eight years George Bush has been president, we’ve been at war. Hard to believe, isn’t it? We’ve done such a good job of ignoring it.

  • Buster the Bus visits Bolivia

    Bolivia Elementary School students had a  special visitor during Bus Safety Awareness Week. 'Buster the Bus' visited with pre-k, kindergarten and first-grade students. Buster shared with students how to safely enter and exit a bus at their appointed stop and safe bus behaviors when riding to and from school. Buster the Bus is an interactive, remote-controlled vehicle sponsored by Brunswick County School’s Transportation Department.

  • Goodies for grandparents

    James Bortle enjoys cookies and juice with his grandparents, Connie and Norman Six, during a recent celebration of Grandparents Day at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School. The well-attended event was coordinated by Fran Thomas, parent/volunteer program facilitator. Each grandparent received a flier  'Simply Grand: The Importance of Grandparents' by Dawn Marie Barhyte, a former teacher in New York.

  • New senior center opens

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI), in collaboration with Faith Community Chapel on Sunset Harbor Road, Sunset Harbor, opened an additional center at the Chapel Fellowship Hall on Oct. 1.

    The program is named for Ellie Reilly who was recently killed in an automobile accident. For many years Ellie had advocated for the program. She knew of the impending opening before her death but did not live to see it.

    The center operates Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, among other program features, will provide a nutritious meal.

  • Just another day’s work, sort of

    There’s a first time for everything, and a journalist’s job is no exception.

    For the most part, my Mondays are the same week after week. Last Monday turned out to be different, which was a welcome change.

    I drove to Wilmington in hopes of covering Sen. John McCain’s local arrival and subsequent rally downtown. I made it to the airport in time to have my cameras and equipment swept, which was about an hour and a half before he did.

  • When all else fails pray for a better economy

    America and the global society are faced with a volatile market. There is no consciousness of the long term or the short-term effects of the economic crisis.

    Those who have a negative view of the economy believe the present crisis has the potential of being more devastating than the 1929 Great Depression because we now have an international economic system where all major economies can rise or fall based what happens in a country in which they may have little or no major influence.