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Today's News

  • Check your soil pH

    As a horticulturist you would think I would have done a soil test on my landscape before I planted anything. Well, I did not and on top of that I added ash to my garden as an amendment which actually increases the pH.
    As time went by a few of my prize plants started to yellow and look unsightly. It was now time to test the soil. My suspicions were that the pH was too high. I was right. My pH in several areas were as high as 7.6! Most plants prefer a pH between 5.5 - 6.5, of course it depends on the plant.  Some plant material is pH neutral.  

  • It’s time to look for tomato hornworms

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Now is the time to check your tomato plants for tomato hornworms. These large caterpillars (up to 3-inches long) can quickly strip a tomato plant of most of if its leaves. This will not kill plants, but will definitely set them back.
    The more leaves that are eaten, the longer it will take plants to recover. Tomato hornworms blend in well with tomato leaves and can be challenging to spot. Look for missing foliage and then search the stems for the caterpillars.

  • Religion briefs

    May 24 blood drive is from 1:30-6 p.m.
    The American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Seaside United Methodist Church scheduled on Thursday, May 24, has changed its hours of operation. The drive will now operate from 1:30-6 p.m.
    Anyone at least 17 years of age, or 16 years of age accompanied by a parent, and weighing a minimum of 110 pounds and in general good health, is eligible to donate. Donors must also bring a form of ID in order to donate. Donors of all blood types are needed.

  • It is true we find our way walking on ‘The Way’

    What might I do on a Thursday morning after a week filled with commitments? The answer came easily and speedily. Go to the movies...well, go to the church to join a group of folks to watch and then discuss a DVD. The choice became a treasure as I traveled mentally with Dr. Tom Avery, an ophthalmologist played by Martin Sheen in the movie, “The Way.”

  • Competition awards scholarships

    The 41st annual Odell and Virginia Williamson Oratory Scholarship Competition took place at Brunswick Community College on Thursday, May 3. Eight seniors representing North Brunswick, South Brunswick, West Brunswick and Early College High School competed for top honors.

  • Town Creek elects student officers

    The N.C. Primary isn’t the only election in town. Students at Town Creek Elementary School exercised their right to vote in an historic election of the first Student Government Association (SGA) officers in the school’s three-year history.
    Fifth-grade teacher and SGA sponsor Michael Gifford said the time was right to encourage more student involvement.
    “Every year, we are trying to evolve as a school,” he said. “We feel this is something beneficial for our students.”
    Principal Helen Davis agreed.

  • Brunswick Novant’s mission finds many people are unaware of diabetes

    By Amy Myers
    Special to the Beacon
    BOLIVIA—One in three American adults are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, yet many don’t realize it because the debilitating, potentially deadly disease often shows few early symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association.
    Brunswick Novant Medical Center has confronted this dilemma with an aggressive early diagnosis and education program that is identifying and informing hospital patients who have diabetes—or are at risk of contracting the disease.

  • Community briefs

    Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 28
    Closed Memorial Day.
    Tuesday, May 29
    Beans and franks, fresh cabbage, peach cobbler, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 30
    Macaroni and cheese with diced ham, vegetable blend, Mandarin orange, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Thursday, May 31

  • Arts Council hosts nonprofit workshop

    The Brunswick Arts Council conducted a workshop for nonprofit groups/art groups that wanted to learn how they could supplement a planned or existing art project (artist in residency at a local school, art workshops, art performances, festivals, etc.) occurring between August and May 2013 in Brunswick County.

  • Fried shallots bring some of their own flavor to the party

    Instead of the using the traditional onion rings, why not garnish your next dish with some fried shallots? They are highly versatile, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods.