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Today's News

  • St. James to open its gates to feature 32 homes to tour

    ST. JAMES—If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the gated town of St. James, this weekend is an opportunity to find out.

    Real estate sales are up this year in St. James, and the sales and marketing team wants to open the gates to show the public what the town has to offer.

    From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and again from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, visitors are invited to tour 32 homes and condominiums during an open house weekend.

    It’s free and the public is welcome.

  • A few more food preservation questions

    If you’re a frequent reader of this column, you know the last few weeks I’ve been writing about food preservation. Many people think of this as just canning food, but it can be freezing, drying, pickling, making jams and jellies or drying foods. All are safe methods for food storage...if the process and procedures used are tested and researched.
    Last week I started a short quiz, so you can test yourself on how much you know about food preservation. Here are a few more questions.

  • 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