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Today's News

  • Passionate people, compassionate community

    With all the letters to the editor we had in last week’s edition— 20 of ‘em — it felt like an early Christmas gift to me.

    It wasn’t because all those letters left no room for my column and, therefore, a little less work for me. No, it was because it reminded me how passionate Beacon readers are about this community we call home. You care enough to share your opinions publicly, and that makes me happy.

  • Use integrated approaches to manage pests, part 3

    By Sam Marshall

     

    In the past few weeks we have been discussing the basic tenants of integrated pest management (IPM) and the cultural, mechanical and biological tools you have available to help control garden pests. In this final part of the series, I will discuss the use of chemical controls, with a focus on pesticide safety and organic and synthetic controls.

     

    What are pesticides?

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

  • Leland Middle students study schematics of STEM on BHI

    BALD HEAD ISLAND — It’s the second day of November, but it’s warm and sunny as Leland Middle School sixth-graders stand shoulder-to-shoulder along the deck of the ferry, looking over the railing at the water below them, taking them ever closer to Bald Head Island just off the coast of Southport.

    The children, about 60 in all, are just some of the nearly 1,000 Brunswick County Schools sixth-graders who have or will make the trip to the island thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation worth $30,000.

  • Are you locked into a relationship power struggle?

     

    By Linda Arnold

    Is your primary relationship a constant struggle? Is it more about who “wins?”

    If so, you may be locked into a power struggle, due to unresolved anger. 

    Not that you scripted any of this. It’s an all too common pattern that sneaks up on couples. Before you know it, hurt feelings drag into long term frustrations that can be damaging — or even fatal — to a relationship. 

  • Union Elementary deserves recognition

    Union Elementary School received national attention recently, and for one of the best reasons: On Oct. 26, the school in Shallotte was named the 2017 North Carolina National Title I Distinguished School.

    Union principal Vickie Smith said a Title I school is one where more than half of the student population applies for and receives free or reduced lunch. She said Union has about 63 percent who apply for it.

  • The easiest beef stew you will ever make

    When I make a beef stew, the first step is batch-searing pieces of chunked beef, usually splattering grease all over my stovetop. It’s messy, but a necessary step when making stew — always brown the meat!

  • Holden Beach looks into treating beach vitex

    HOLDEN BEACH — It’s a noxious weed, and it’s been invading parts of Holden Beach for at least two years.

    But Holden Beach town commissioner John Fletcher is hoping measures can be taken to help stop the spread of beach vitex for the sake of native plant species, animals on the island and the southeastern coast of the United States as a whole.

  • Homelessness is time out of mind

    It was 2016, the year Richard Gere engaged with the invisibility of homelessness. For him, it was time out of mind. For the homeless ones, it remains enigmatic, a lengthy duration of time, longer than is readily remembered. It is also deeply embedded in a memory bank which gains interest with each passing moment. Homelessness is not a condition; nor is it a learned lifestyle. It is not so much a choice as an accepted reality. It is not desirable or desired yet it persists. Homelessness is truly time out of mind as much as it is a mind out of time.

  • Shallotte woman faces elder exploitation charge

    A Shallotte woman is accused of defrauding another woman out of nearly $70,000.

    Tina Renee Hurley, 66, of Snead Court was arrested Nov. 3 and charged with felony exploit disable/elder trust.

    Warrants show Hurley deceptively obtained $67,827.90 from an older woman between June 1, 2011, and July 31, 2015.

    Hurley was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $50,000 bail.