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Today's News

  • What happens 22 times every day, resulting in death?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    I’m not referring to drug overdoses, car crashes or heart attacks. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide — every day — in the United States.

    Think about it. That’s almost one death each hour of the day!

    These suicides are often a result of physical or psychological injuries our soldiers bring home after serving our country in war zones. 

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     Autumn: Time to go to the beach! The sun isn’t as brutal as it tends to be in the summer, and it finally has started cooling off. Our Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches are fantastic for a holiday — so many things to do and see, and don’t forget to take along your wildflower guide.

     

  • Beef Wellington variations make easy but fancy meals

     My first taste of Beef Wellington was at a fancy restaurant back in my younger days and I can still remember the elegant presentation and, of course, the fantastic taste. The dish is an English preparation of beef tenderloin coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles (a mixture of onions and mushrooms), which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

    I wrote about this dish last month, but wanted to revisit it with some additional recipes.

     

  • Food safety month

     In recognition of September as National Food Safety Month, I have two quick questions for you. What do you think — are these statements true or false?

    1.     Salmonella is the most common foodborne illness.

    2.     More people get sick from chicken than from any other food.

  • Underrated garden workhorses

     It’s easy to get excited about the superstars of the garden: roses, crape myrtles, azaleas and gardenias. When their time to shine arrives, it’s greeted with oohs and aahs from all fortunate enough to bask in their glory.

    But what about those plant workhorses that make your garden better and ask very little in return?

  • Coleman birth

     Neal and Beth Coleman of Whiteville are the parents of a daughter, Alannah Rhea Coleman, born at 11:05 a.m. Sept. 2 at Betty H. Cameron Hospital in Whiteville, weighing 1 pound, 5 ounces and measuring 11.45 inches in length.

    She joins a brother, Stanley, 1.

    Maternal grandparents are Robin and Danny Hayes of Supply and the late Rufus H. Faulk.

    Paternal grandparents are Sandra and Randy Price of Crusoe and the late Richard Coleman Sr.

  • U. S. Merchant Mariners sought

     American Merchant Marine Veterans, a nonprofit originally established by World War II Merchant Mariners, seeks former and present Merchant Mariners in its membership to help keep its maritime history alive and to assist in achieving its goals, which includes earning veteran’s status for post-World War II conflict Mariners. Membership includes a quarterly magazine.

  • ECU vs. USC football photos

    Photos of the ECU-USC football game Sept. 17. USC won 20-15. Photos by Jim Moore.

  • Trojans hold off North Brunswick, win 24-21

    By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — In a hard-fought intra-county football game Friday, Sept. 16, between the West Brunswick Trojans and the North Brunswick Scorpions, West was able to hold off a late charge by North and win 24-21. The game was intense, as each team scored twice in the second quarter and once in the fourth quarter.

  • Trojan wrestler Harrison Campbell receives Roy Heverly Award

    West Brunswick senior Harrison Campbell received the Roy Heverly Award on Friday, Sept. 16, in recognition of being the top underclassman scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina. The award was announced in June and Campbell was presented it during halftime of the football game between North Brunswick and West Brunswick.

    “It means a lot,” Campbell said after receiving the award. “All the hard work and dedication put into the sport, it all gets paid back at times like this.”