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Today's News

  • Applying insecticides to flowering plants can kill bees

    By Stephen Garton
    UGA Cooperative Extension

    On a visit to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Ga., I was shocked to find many dead bees in the preserve’s observation hive.
    The fallen insects were piled up at the bottom of the display and at the entrance and exit to the hive.
    Bill Dunn, who manages the hive for the center, believed the bees collected nectar from flowers that had been sprayed or dusted with an insecticide and had inadvertently contaminated themselves with it. He expected most of the bees in the hive would die as a result.

  • March into spring with blooming colors

    Look at what is blooming now! The Brunswick County Botanical Garden is starting to come alive with color.
    The saucer magnolia is blooming and the forsythia is covered in bright yellow flowers. The daffodils have finally pushed their heads above ground. The purple leaf plum is covered in what looks like cotton candy and the winter Daphne fills the air with its ever, so sweet scent.

  • Just like bacon, a little garlic goes good with everything

    “Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French; sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; soy sauce makes it Chinese; but garlic makes it good.”
    —Alice May Brock of Alice’s Restaurant fame

  • Community briefs

    McFamily night is March 27 in Leland
    McDonald’s at 1111 New Pointe Blvd. in Leland will host a child I.D. program for families in the area during its regularly scheduled McFamily Night from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.
    Employees of New York Life will administer the program. New York Life’s Child I.D. Program is designed to help children in the community learn how to stay safe in their homes, at play or wherever they happen to be.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

  • Golf tournaments

    Coed softball registration
    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2012 coed softball leagues. Team registration fees are $500. Teams will play on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Lockwood Folly Park, Shallotte Park or Smithville Park. The league managers’ meeting is 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Parks and Recreation Building in the second floor conference room. For more information, call Aaron Perkins at 253-2670 or aperkins@brunsco.net.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

  • Schaefer wins match play

    By Ray Schatz
    Special to The Beacon
    On March 7, the Crow Creek Men’s Golf Association had the final match of its first match play championship. The championship match between Bill Schaefer and Paul Murray generated plenty of excitement and had to be decided in a playoff.
    Murray went to the 10th tee with a 1-up lead. By the end of hole, the match was even, and except for No. 11 and No. 15, there was never more than a 1-up advantage by either player. After the match was evened at No. 16, the drama began.

  • Nick Bradley: Human golf dynamo

    How can I describe Nick Bradley?
    He is ebullient, irrepressible, vocal, opinionated, spiritual, intelligent and a gifted teacher of the game of golf. He lives in Sunset Beach, yet plays on a world stage.
    Nick Bradley is the ambassador for junior golf development for the first-ever St. Andrews Golf Festival March 28-April 1in Scotland. He has been a consultant with the Russian Golf Federation and recently returned from Malaysia, where he promoted the game of golf.  

  • Spring fishing gets an early start this year

    The weather has been absolutely great for this entire past week. It is unimaginable to get so many days of light winds, not to mention warm temperatures.
    Fishermen from all genres awakened from their winter slumber and got on the water, with most reporting action from a variety of species.
    Inshore the redfish, flounder and trout are all starting to show good. Offshore, the Gulf Stream is producing good catches of wahoo with scattered blackfin tuna and Mahi-mahi.