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Today's News

  • Supports Judah

    To the editor:

    I am writing this letter in support of Christy Judah, a candidate for the Brunswick County School Board.

    I have known Christy for almost six years and know her to be an honest, hard–working, caring and extremely intelligent person.

    Christy spent 30 years in the North Carolina education system, the last l8 years in Brunswick County, and has a master’s degree in education and counseling.

  • No annexation

    To the editor:

    I would like to drive a flatbed truck to the Southport mayor’s house, load it up and move it to Navassa. I am quite sure the mayor would object: “If I wanted to live in Navassa, I would have moved to Navassa!”

    That is probably the same response she would hear from victims of her annexation scheme: “If I wanted to live in Southport, I would have moved to Southport!”

    The mayor and her cronies apparently peer at the map saying, “Those folks must have a lot of money. Let’s get it!”

  • What's best

    To the editor:

    Some years ago our school board interviewed hundreds of superintendent applicants from all over the country and then carefully selected their pick of the litter.

    During this person’s short tenure, many in the community felt the board selected well. The school system seemed to be working and The Beacon and other media sources had to search out controversy and negativity elsewhere.

  • Liked 'Sunset'

    To the editor:

    We just wanted everyone associated with Sunset at Sunset to know how much their hard work is appreciated.

    Many volunteers worked on the success of this event for many months. Sponsors contributed their time, made donations and contributed to other areas of which we aren’t even aware.

    We feel a special thank you is due to the person responsible for having the United States Marine Corps Band perform. What a special treat for our little town of Sunset Beach.

  • Due care needed with high-tech directions

    Last month, a motorist had to abandon ship seconds before his vehicle got stuck and clobbered by an oncoming train on the Metro-North Railroad tracks in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

    Jose Silva drove himself into such peril on purpose. The reason?

    His global positioning system told him to go that way.

    Oh, that’s a good one. Try that one the next time you’re involved in a vehicular mishap, especially if it’s your fault: “My GPS made me do it, Mr. Officer. Sir.”

  • What’s happening on Shallotte’s Main Street at 3 a.m.?

    Humans behave like wild animals in that we are territorial and have established game trails.

    Predatory creatures use the game trails of others to set up their next meal.

    If we left footprints where we walk every day, it would become apparent that we are creatures of habit and rarely break away from our established routines.

    Regular sleeping schedules are needed in order to maintain our mental and physical health.

  • Former sheriff finally takes responsibility

    After years of doing things the wrong way, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett took a step in the right direction Monday afternoon.

    Standing before peers, friends, family, attorneys—and some naysayers—Hewett publicly addressed the charge he had criminally obstructed justice in a federal investigation into his tenure as Brunswick County Sheriff.

    Before U.S. District Judge Earl Britt, Hewett said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

    Finally.

  • Board candidates speak out at forum

    SUPPLY—Teaching creationism and evolution is a hot topic among voters trying to decide which candidate to choose in the upcoming Brunswick County Board of Education election.

    At the candidate forum Tuesday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, an audience question gave candidates their chance to voice their opinions on the topic, which has drawn much controversy since the board’s September meeting when a parent questioned why it wasn’t taught in Brunswick County schools.

  • What is it that makes a bisque a bisque and not a chowder?

    Both bisques and chowders are made with seafood and vegetables, with a cream base. Chowders tend to be more stew-like or chunky, and bisques puréed. The word “bisque” is also used to refer to any sort of creamy, puréed soup, and thus menus often feature tomato and squash bisques.

  • You can't make tea from fall camellias

    Sweet iced tea is as southern as magnolia blossoms and chopped pork barbeque.

    It’s probably blasphemous to admit, but I, as a redneck southern boy, don’t like sweet tea. That’s almost as bad as admitting I don’t particularly like grits. Even though I may not appreciate all of the southern cuisine, the leaves of a camellia are the source of green, black, oolong and white teas.