Today's Features

  • The State Archives of North Carolina has established an Oral History Unit within its Special Collections Section. The unit is headed by oral historian Ellen Brooks, a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. She was previously the oral historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

  • By Linda Arnold

    ‘Tis the season. High school graduations and college commencements. Pearls of wisdom are coming forth all over the world. After studying a lot of these commencement speeches, I’ve boiled down a few of my favorites and attempted to weave them into a rich tapestry. If you don’t remember such words of wisdom being spoken to you, here’s another chance to listen.

    Trust and allow

  • I’ve known for a long time my dogs are clever, at least when it comes to food. I know this because if I leave anything edible within a snout’s reach and turn my attention for a second, the food is gone. They know that when opportunity knocks, eat it.

  • There is exciting news to share about some North Carolina State University and NC Cooperative Extension colleagues who are part of the Eat Smart, More More, Weigh Less team. Not only have they done some great research about weight loss, but they’ve published it, too. 

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Back in the spring of 1973, I was just about to graduate from college here at South Carolina. I wasn’t a very good undergraduate student, to be honest, and to be even more honest, didn’t particularly enjoy being a biology major. They had just discovered DNA and a variety of other tiny things and complicated processes. Everything was going molecular but I was more interested in intact organisms and being outdoors looking at things.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Say what you mean and mean what you say. Why is this so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re “wired.” Are you quick to speak what’s on your mind, bulldozing your way through conversations? Or do you hold back, sugarcoating your comments? Your style may have to do with early childhood conditioning or learned behaviors over the years. And in today’s era of political correctness, fewer folks are shooting from the hip. 

    Watch your tone

  • This year’s Relay for Life rolls out as a six-hour race against cancer Friday night at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    The goal this year is to raise $164,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. At last count last week, most of the 38 participating teams had already pulled in $116,000 so far. This year’s theme is “Surfing for a Cure.”

  • Crab-lovers can shed their shells by getting out to celebrate the 38th annual Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival this weekend.

    Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, on the Little River waterfront, the festival once again promises a long lineup of food, vendors, entertainment and plenty of delicious crabs.

    Saturday’s entertainment includes RiverMist Band at 10:30 a.m. and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 2 p.m.

  • People interested in protecting their beloved coast are invited to take part in Hands Across the Sand at local beaches at noon this Saturday, May 18.

    Launched internationally in 2010, the goal of HATS is to draw attention to and protest seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling.

    This event is being planned at all Brunswick County beaches, inviting participants to enjoy the sense of community felt in standing up for our coast.

  • As I perused the articles I had sent as copy to the Beacon these past few weeks, I noted that pain had been of primary interest.

    Here we are, in the wonderful springtime of the year, and I am still focused on pain. Sounds pretty pitiful, doesn’t it? Yet, there must be a reasoned cause for this reality, other than awful self-absorption and clinging to a “Poor Ole Me” attitude.