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Today's News

  • Pruning mistakes are much too common—here’s how to fix them

    During my career as a horticulturist, I once worked as a landscaper. One of my duties was to prune trees, shrubs and perennials. We had demanding clientele that took pride in their pristine landscapes.
    I remember being terrified of cutting a huge hole into a shrub or cutting a plant too short. My boss use to always tell me that “you can cut more off but you cannot glue it back on.” These were words to prune by.

  • Sweated onions, carrots and celery deliver a ‘trinity’ of flavor

    The simple trinity of ordinary vegetables, commonly called mirepoix, forms the foundation of a myriad of dishes. You’ve probably made it a thousand times without even knowing it. It’s one of the essentials of classical French cooking, but equally important in all cooking.

  • Community briefs

    Bridal Expo is Feb. 19
    Take the stress out of planning your wedding by attending the Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Southport Community Building in Southport. More than 20 vendors specializing in the products and services associated with weddings will be on hand.

  • Four decades later

    There are unsung heroes in America who deserve recognition. It may be four decades late but finally there is a celebration of these brave men and women’s dedicated service to their country.

    On Saturday, March 31, a Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration event is planned at the Charlotte Motor Speedway by the USO of North Carolina, Charlotte Motor Speedway and North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Obtain property by false pretense at Home Depot; suspect changed sticker prices on items.

    •Larceny by employee/embezzlement at Frank Theaters; suspect took $397.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Obtain property by false pretense at Home Depot; suspect changed sticker prices on items.

    •Larceny by employee/embezzlement at Frank Theaters; suspect took $397.

  • Town opposes school calendar changes: Fears tourism will suffer

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town adopted a resolution Tuesday morning opposing a proposal for Brunswick County Schools to change school calendar dates.

    The calendar will be discussed by the Brunswick County Board of Education after it is taken up in a calendar committee meeting. The board of education is poised to talk about the changes in March. Some proposed calendar changes would require approval from the state General Assembly.

  • Best of Brunswick winners named

     

    Your votes have been cast and the ballots have been tallied.

    The 2012 Readers’ Choice Best of Brunswick award winners have been named. Make sure you don’t miss them; they appear in a special section in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fifth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has more than tripled in responses since its inception.

  • Military news

    McLamb joins Air Force
    Ashley S. McLamb, son of Scott and Lynn McLamb of Ocean Isle Beach, 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.
    Qualified men and women are eligible to receive skill training, experience and up to $20,000 in education benefits. After completing basic military training, airmen receive specialized technical training in one of more than 125 job career fields.

  • Willetts-Reddick

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kelly Marie Willetts of Greenville and Stephen Lee Reddick of Stantonsburg. The bride-elect is the daughter of Terry D. Willetts and Julie B. Owens of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Randy and Elaine Reddick of Stantonsburg. A March 3 wedding is planned in Boone. A reception will take place for friends and family on March 10 at Old Shallotte Baptist Church.