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Today's News

  • Leland rebudgets tax increase, proposing 21-cent tax rate

    LELAND — Leland officials adjusted their budget expectations and cut the proposed tax rate from 26 cents to 21 cents at the June 15 town meeting.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the proposed budget at the May 18 town meeting with a budget increase to $14.3 million, up from $10.8 million in fiscal year 2016-17.

    Hollis said the 2.67-cent increase from 18.33 cents to a 21-cent tax rate would increase the amount of tax on a $212,000 home from $388.60 to $440.20, an increase of $56.60.

  • Alligator captured on Bird Island

    Michael Rogers snapped this photo from a safe distance of a young alligator on the shore Wednesday, June 14, while he was walking on Bird Island. He said it was the first time he had ever seen an alligator on the island. He wrote, “The alligator was on the island about 1/4 mile east of the jetty. It sat on the beach for about 5 minutes, not moving, then turned around and headed back to the ocean.”

  • Cedar Grove Improvement Association's Sunday dinner fundraiser postponed

    The fundraising committee of Cedar Grove Improvement Association (CGIA) has postponed its Sunday dinner planned for June 25.

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

    However, the event had to be postponed because of a death in the community, said Perita Price, one of the organizers.

    The Sunday dinner fundraiser will be rescheduled, Price said.

  • 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.