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Today's News

  • The only drink I need this summer

    I realize there are more pressing concerns about what Brunswick County residents are drinking, but that is a topic for a different section of the paper.

    I have a beverage issue that has needed addressing for a good long time now. Since summer officially arrived June 21, it’s time to strike while the temperature is hot.

    Four summers in Brunswick County plus another four decades of living in the South haven’t swayed me on the merits of sweet tea. No matter how sweet or cold it is, there will always be the limitation that it is made of tea.

  • Cedar Grove Improvement Association begins Sunday dinner fundraiser

    The fundraising committee of Cedar Grove Improvement Association (CGIA) is inviting families and church congregations to Sunday dinner June 25.

    From 1 to 3 p.m. at its community building at 1529 Turkey Trap Road in Supply, cooks will dish up succulent meats entrees, fresh summer vegetable side dishes, bread, beverage and their famed homemade desserts for $10.

  • Concord United Methodist Church welcomes people for 100-plus years

    By Martha Koletar

    Special to the Beacon

    As you are driving on N.C. 211 (Southport/Supply Road) toward the intersection of U.S. 17 in Supply, there is a little white church, Concord United Methodist Church, sitting proudly in the shade of a magnificent, stately 300-year-old laurel oak, the oldest one in Brunswick County.

    Trees are important to this little church. Dogwoods have been planted to add to the beauty of its landscape, and it is customary to plant a Live Oak tree to honor all new baptisms.

  • Fathers, daddies and families: It can be complicated

    By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact — not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • Silence is sometimes deafening

    I read the book, “SILENCE” by Shusaku Endo. I watched the movie. Both experiences left me pondering the presence of pervading doubt emanating from a perceived absence of God. It is the subtle specter of silence that is not quiet. It disturbs, distracts and often results in false discernment. Silence, in this case, provides neither spiritual nor physical solace. At the same time, it is a profound absence that evokes an equally profound presence.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Imagine what horticulture was like in England before the Revolutionary War. The British have always been wild about growing new things, and the development of the Atlantic colonies offered a tremendous number of new plants to try out. It wasn’t easy, though, to get these new plants back to England across the ocean. Oh, sure, seeds were pretty easy to get back … but real live plants were not. Botanists and nurserymen came up with all sorts of ideas about how best to transport them. One of these people was a chap named John Ellis.

  • Barbecue is still king in the Carolinas

    When you go to your favorite rib joint in the Carolinas and ask for a plate of barbecue, you’re going to get a plate of steaming pulled (or chopped) pork, along with some coleslaw and hush puppies.

    If you have the time though, most of us would prefer making our own barbecue at home. The exception would be attending one of the many pig pickin’ events in the area. We used to have one every Fourth of July back at “The Brick” in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Regardless of what a lot of outsiders may say, in the Carolinas, barbecue means pulled pork!

  • Jewel Evans celebrates 90th birthday

    Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash honor the 90th birthday of Jewel Evans, who was born June 6, 1927.

  • Willettses celebrate 61st anniversary

    Pastor Al Watkins and congregation wish H.D. and Polly Willetts a very special 61st anniversary blessing at Faith Baptist Church in Bolivia on June 11. Their anniversary was June 10.

  • More home kitchen inspection

    In last week’s column I asked four questions about food safety practices in the home kitchen. How did you do? Would your kitchen pass a food safety inspection?

    As promised, here are four more questions. Choose the answers that most closely apply to your everyday practices in your kitchen.

    5. When using a cutting board: If you’re cutting raw meat or poultry, what do you do before cutting fresh produce or bread before the same meal?

    a.Use a separate cutting board

    b.Wipe the cutting board with a damp cloth or sponge