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Today's Features

  • Longtime Brunswick County resident and World War II veteran Leo Jarmusz, center, celebrated his 99th birthday Oct. 21. His family traveled from as far away as Vermont and Idaho for festivities at Ocean Isle Beach last weekend to celebrate. His grandson made his birthday cakes.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church celebrate the birthday of. Yvonne Clemmons at a Super Senior Birthday Party.

  • This holiday season, the only thing that should be stuffed is the turkey. Many Americans gain between one and five pounds each year between Thanksgiving and the New Year. While this might not sound like much, weight gained during the holidays accounts for 51 percent of people’s weight gain for the whole year. The problem is most people never manage to lose those extra pounds and year after year it adds up.

  • Everyone agrees that eating excess sugar contributes to the formation of cavities, at least in humans. About 90 percent of U.S. schoolchildren develop tooth decay, largely because they eat too many sweets. What about dogs and cats? Can certain foods cause oral health problems in pets? Do pets get cavities?

  • ‘Tis the season for The Brunswick Beacon’s annual Holiday Happenings show.

    The eighth annual show unfolds 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $2 and free for children.

    Highlights this year include a variety of vendors including artisans, retail and nonprofit, said show organizer Christy Williamson, advertising sales representative for the Beacon.

  • Art, dance and music seamlessly collide with Artrageous Experience, the next show in the 2018-2019 BCCOWA Performing Arts Series at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    As soon as the audience steps into the theater, the Artrageous cast welcomes them into their world.

    Through immersive activity, their camaraderie sweeps event-goers along, offering a glimpse of what’s to come with “The Happening” and distributing souvenirs used to participate in the performance.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Staying with a Halloween theme … something spooky: it’s a brain! I showed this photo to someone who remarked that it might be MY brain … and that, after all, a botanist’s brain SHOULD be green. That may be true, but now I’m sort of hoping that my brain is a couple sizes larger than this thing.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "Why hasn’t he returned my call?” “Did you hear what she said?” “I must have done something wrong.”

    How many times does that voice in your head cause you to second-guess yourself? And then you end up replaying a situation over and over, agonizing over it.

    Sound familiar?

    Well, here’s a news flash: Nothing other people do is about you. It’s about them. Put this on a Post-It note, and tape it to your bathroom mirror.

  • It’s over! It’s done! No more drops to dread or plastic patches to wear. No more closed eyes until the bell rings to end five minutes of patient sightlessness. I can sing along with Johnny Nash … well, in a strained, off-key mimicry of the singer and in a paraphrased poetic rendition:

    I can see clearly now, the cataracts are gone,

    I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

    It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.

  • Several years ago a colleague from Nebraska Extension wrote an after-Halloween article on “don’t eat your jack-o-lantern.” One comment she made in this article was funny and it really stuck with me. She said something like, “Why would you want to eat something that has been sitting on your front porch as a candle holder for the past two weeks?” So true.