Today's News

  • The now is God’s present filled with his presence

    By Jean Pelletier
    Special to the Beacon

    Occasionally in Fran’s columns, she refers to “Hubby Dear” as either making a suggestion or crossing over the boarders of her guarded domain. To her faithful readers, I must confess that at the present moment, the end of the pen is in hubby’s hands. She might not rejoice at that.

  • Chamber unveils new logo

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has developed a new logo, mission statement and tagline. The focus is on building the community and supporting businesses and the new tagline and mission statement support these concepts and is essential for future growth. 

    The new tagline is “building community and supporting business.”

  • Senior Tar Heel Legislature meets

    During the first meeting of 2011, delegates of the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) discussed Medicare changes and financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries. The new director of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Kevin Robertson, offered some encouraging information for older adults with Medicare. 

  • Military news

    Chandler joins Air Force

    Tydaryll L. Chandler, son of Mark Chandler and Rebecca Castaneda of Shallotte, has joined the United States Air Force under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to enlist and delay going into basic military training for up to one year.

  • Enjoy a better night’s sleep

    Sleep is one of the most important, but often neglected, aspects of a healthy lifestyle. When Shakespeare’s Macbeth called sleep “chief nourisher of life’s feast,” he was providing some sound advice. Many surveys indicate that Americans are not getting enough sleep, which may contribute to a number of problems.

    Too little sleep has been linked to overeating and being overweight, increased risk of diabetes and heart problems, decreased attention span, poorer grades in school and more depression. 

  • Moles: There is no easy answer

    Forget the groundhog. There’s one sure sign spring is on the way popping up in yards all over eastern North Carolina: mole tunnels. Though moles tunnel actively all year, the tunnels they make in spring and fall are usually more obvious because they are closer to the soil surface. Unfortunately, there is no easy, fast solution to rid a yard of moles. Instead, effective mole control relies on patience, persistence and a little knowledge about their habits and behaviors.

    The ways of moles

  • Creating sustainable landscaping

    Millions of dollars are spent each year designing, implementing and maintaining our landscapes. Unfortunately, long-term problems are caused when we as gardeners make decisions based on our needs and wants without considering the environmental impact. You may have heard the term sustainable landscaping. What does a sustainable landscape mean? 

  • 4-H has annual achievement banquet

    More than 80 4-H members, parents, volunteers and Extension staff were in attendance to celebrate accomplishments the youth have made during 2010 at the annual Brunswick County 4-H achievement banquet on Feb. 21 at the Extension Office.

    This year, the 4-H’ers were honored as the shining stars in 4-H. 

    The room sparkled with twinkling lights and a donated, custom-made starlight “chandelier” hung in the middle of the room. 

  • West Brunswick routs West Bladen in soccer

    Playing its fifth game in eight days, the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team routed West Bladen 9-0 March 23 at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    Junior Julianna Zio scored three goals as the Trojans improved to 3-1-1 in the conference, 6-3-2 overall.

    West led 6-0 at the half. Zio scored the first two goals, the first goal six minutes into the game and the second about 14 minutes into the game.

    Junior forward Jordan Sanchez gave West a 3-0 lead when she scored on a breakaway from the right side.

  • Crews battle blazes in southwestern Brunswick County

    Area firefighters battled a woods fire that spread from South Carolina into North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, endangering homes in the Carolina Shores North community.

    Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Sunset Beach firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene in the residential community.

    Because of windy conditions, the fire spread quickly but was fully contained in about two and a half hours.

    The call went through at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.