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Today's News

  • Rice as a main dish? Think paella, jambalaya, sushi and risotto

     Rice has always been considered a natural convenience food. It’s easy to store and always ready to use … no washing, peeling or chopping required. Once opened, I keep mine in an airtight container in the pantry.

    I recently learned that brown rice should be stored in a refrigerator or freezer if you plan to keep it for more than a few months, due to the freshness of the oil contained in the bran layer. Cooked rice will usually hold up for a week if stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or up to six months in the freezer.

     

  • 11th Beacon Expo serves up healthy options Feb. 25

    Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 11th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 64 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers, and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives more of our policy committees began meeting to handle bills, we passed several key bills and we filed up to 120 bills so far, some of which I sponsored.

  • Calabash Lions brave Harlem Ambassadors at WBHS on March 4

    Just when you thought Carolina basketball couldn’t get any more exciting, the Harlem Ambassadors trot into town to up everybody’s game.

    The team, specializing in cross-country and international roundball folly-and-fun fundraisers, take on the Calabash Lions Club Lions Pride team for an entertaining showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the West Brunswick High School gymnasium at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte.

  • A little kindness still goes a long way

    One of my favorite things about being a community newspaper editor is getting great response from readers about what we publish and the community we serve.

  • Folk artist Adam Miller entertains at Hickmans Crossroads Library on March 2

    American folk singer, storyteller and autoharpist Adam Miller performs a free concert at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road. The accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist and song collector, who has amassed a repertoire of more than 5,000 songs, accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking on acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. The program is open to the public. For more information call the library at 575-0173 or go to folksinging.org.

  • School, district handle threats properly

    The safety of students in Brunswick County Schools is as paramount as their education. The response of school district and West Brunswick High School officials to two separate threats at the high school last Friday proves it.

    We take no pleasure in reporting this kind of news. We are happy to report, however, no one was injured in either case, and the perpetrators are being held responsible for their actions.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 16-18 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incident and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 16

    Brandon Lamar Stevenson, 27, of Burnice Lane in Bolivia arrested on charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, injury to real property and misdemeanor breaking and entering. Stolen property was recovered by Sunset Beach detectives.

    Feb. 18

    Mail reported stolen at Sunset Commons off Seaside Road.

  • North Brunswick Business Expo Feb. 25

    The North Brunswick Business Expo, presented by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 10 to 3: p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    The expo featuring more than 30 vendors will include a free shred event sponsored by Corning Credit Union. Drop off documents for shredding at the shred truck between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Expo participants also will be able to see the current exhibit at the LCAC by Anne Van Blarcom Kurowski.

    Admission and parking are free.

  • Southport-Fort Fisher ferry to run amended schedule Feb. 23-24

    Because of annual maintenance on ferry ramps, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route will run an amended schedule Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24.

    Thursday, Feb. 23:

    From Southport: 5:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, and 4:45 p.m.

    From Fort Fisher: 6:15, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10, and 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, and 4:45 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 24: