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Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was unusual for what was happening both inside and outside the legislative buildings. Although I had only one meeting to attend, it seemed to take two days on the calendar.

  • Shallotte, developer head for mediation

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

     

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is preparing for mediation with its riverfront developer after reaching a contract impasse.

    Aldermen voted at their first meeting of the year Jan. 4 to notify Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, that the town was prepared to implement the mediation provision in its amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Kudos to county for proper weather response

    A few days ahead of 2018’s arrival, the

    National Weather Service predicted every part of Brunswick County would receive at least an inch of snow and likely a little ice from the effects of a bomb cyclone expected to slam into the East Coast beginning the afternoon of Jan. 3.

    While Leland, Belville and surrounding areas saw as many as five inches of snow, other communities closer to the Atlantic Ocean and to South Carolina saw nary a flake.

  • Harsh winter temps call for hibernation

    Happy New Year, all! I rang it in by recovering from the crud that plagued many of us at the end of 2017. For me, it was a fitting conclusion to what was a mostly crummy year.

    When I pulled up to my parents’ house for the holidays, my kid brother Jim and his family weren’t there even though they’d arrived the day before.

    “They went to Target because Noah is sick,” Dad explained.

    “Well then, I know what I’m getting for Christmas,” I said.

  • Stitt promoted to brigadier general

    Douglas F. Stitt has been selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the Army. He is serving as director of the Officer Personnel Management Directorate with Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky. He has served in the military for 27 years.

    Stitt is the son of Janet A. and Wesley L. Stitt of Canton, N.Y., and Barbara J. Bartholomew of Sunset Beach; husband of Beth J. Bartholomew-Stitt of Fort Knox, Ky.; father of Laura J. Stitt of Boone and Anna J. Stitt of Fort Knox, Ky.; and son-in-law of Donald R. Bartholomew of Sunset Beach.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

    All our yesterdays have lighted fools

    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

                                    — Shakespeare, Macbeth V.5.

     

    Keep the study-hall candle on for a few minutes here while we investigate this mysterious bush.

  • Choose nuts instead

    Editor’s note: Second in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

    I know this isn’t going to be a hard concept to sell, but here it goes: eat more nuts.

  • #ColdKills: Help pets left out during severe cold

    I’m veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, and I’d like to talk to you about an important topic today.

    A few years ago, I became very concerned about animals being left in hot cars. And so, I made a video to raise awareness. I’m happy to report the topic of leaving animals or children in hot cars during summer months has become an important one in our society.

    I’m also concerned about animals being left outside during severe cold weather. I made a video to raise awareness about just how cold it actually gets in a doghouse left outside overnight.

  • Un-committing: When can it be a healthy behavior?

     

    By Linda Arnold

     

    Un-committing? I’ll admit I did a double take when I first heard this concept.

     

    We’re always told to make a commitment — and to stick with it. While that’s generally good advice, there are times when you need to take stock of everything on your platter and figure out what you’re really committed to in terms of completion.

  • What I learned on the day the oatmeal boiled over

    “Good morning!” Those were the lovely words I heard as Hubby Dear came into the kitchen. Mr. Cheeriness is he whose awakened eyes are twinned with his lips, causing both to be operative simultaneously. My response, offered politely and sometimes even gently, yet lacked his exuberance.