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Today's News

  • Remembering the good that emerged out of darkness, evil

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I wandered away from my desk in the newsroom where I was working, likely looking for something to eat or caffeine to jump-start my day.

    On the way back, uneager to get the morning’s work started, I strolled through the front office and stopped to chat near the front door. Above the main desk, a television was showing live images of a smoking high-rise in New York.

    “A plane hit one of the towers,” the receptionist told me.

  • Smile—you too might be on YouTube

    I wasn’t about to forget O’Neal “Knot” Varnam’s annual birthday backflip dive into the Lockwood Folly River this year (see story page 18A of today’s Beacon).

    I couldn’t forget, because there it was on YouTube: “Dad’s 65th Birthday Flip in Varnamtown.”

    This was a video dating back to 2002 and posted by Varnam’s daughter—“The 65th Birthday Leap,” it was titled.

    People say you can find just about anything on YouTube these days. Well, it’s just about true.

  • Appropriate discipline can leave lasting impressions

    As kids, we learned discipline from our parents. Later in life, we apply principles of discipline to our personal and professional lives.

    A common thread of sensibility and consistency runs through each of my following true stories about discipline. Practical solutions encourage the application of proven principles to solve today’s behavior problems.

    At home during 1945

    “If you two don’t settle down out there, I’m coming with the belt!” Dad shouted at us through the open window from his and Mom’s bedroom.

  • Shallotte should take advantage of fire grant now

    Looking to keep a growing community properly staffed with an efficient fire department, Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell has been soliciting grants to aid the town.

    At the urging of the Town of Shallotte, Dunwell set out looking for additional funding sources and soon landed approval for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

    Last year, the town’s board of aldermen signed off on an application for the funding.

  • DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 27, 28, 29 and Sept. 2 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Aug. 27

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

    Amber Nicole Abreu, speeding 54 in a 45 zone, costs.

    Karen E. Albee-Walsh, improper equipment, costs.

    Katrina K. Alicea, speeding 70 in a 60 zone, $25 and costs.

    Robert Charles Allen, improper equipment, costs.

  • Harrison-Hickman

    Brandi Nicole Harrison of Ash and Johnathan Warren Hickman of Supply were married June 28 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Hicks.

    The bride is the daughter of Regina Bennett of Ash and the late Ross Bennett.

    The groom is the son of Kevin and Tracy Hickman of Shallotte Point and Clarice and Kelly Boyd of Castle Hayne.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The bride wore a white mesh strapless gown by Alfred Angelo with all-over embroidery and beading and a cathedral-length train.

  • Celebrating 60 years

    Al and Jo Hooker of Ocean Isle Beach celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 4. Their family includes their four children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Both are avid community supporters and active volunteers. Their friends and family will celebrate with them on the Henrietta Cape Fear Riverboat.

  • Even purple mittens can find their match

    My youngest sister is a trip. I guess the Southern expression that best describes her is: “She’s a mess!”

    Those are not demeaning words, but ones of smiling affection, terms of endearment to capture the intoxicating delight one feels in her presence.

  • The peace of God can be found in life's darkest moments

    Why should I feel lonely?

    Why is it I do not feel at peace?

    These are questions everyone may ask from time to time, but this question is asked often by those who struggle with depression.

    Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, and being depressed doesn’t mean there is something in your life that is horrible. Sometimes depression is a chemical imbalance.

    If you are someone who struggles with depression, you are not alone.

    First, seek help from your doctor. When I was struggling with depression, this helped a lot.

  • Bicyclist rides again to raise funds for MS research

    Bike rider and fundraiser are inseparable words to describe Roy Cundiff.

    On Saturday and Sunday, the Sea Trail resident will participate in Bike MS. This is a 150-mile bike ride from and to New Bern to raise funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis in eastern North Carolina and throughout the United States.

    “To me,” Cundiff said, “it’s a good cause. Secondly, it’s good exercise. And it’s a goal, my objective for the year.”