Today's News

  • Time to talk school lunches following summer’s end

    Wow, I know what you’re thinking (I’m wondering, too): Where did the summer go? Kids are starting back to school already. This brings up that annual question: what to do about their lunch?

    You might wonder what’s healthier, a packed lunch or school lunch? Obviously, the answer to this question depends on what’s on the menu at school or what’s in the bag. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior a few years ago compared school lunches with packed lunches and gave the nutrition edge to the school lunch.

  • Starting from scratch: insect bite allergy

    Skin allergies are one of the top reasons for veterinary visits, affecting millions of pets and costing owners tens of millions of dollars. These pets are suffering; it’s not unusual for an allergic pet to chew off half its fur in a desperate effort to stop the itching.

    The main causes of allergic dermatitis in dogs and cats are pretty straightforward: insect bites, inhaled allergens and food. However, the diagnosis and treatment options can be more complex.

    Biting bugs

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s not often that we botanists, on our field trips, have to stop, speechless, and stare at a flower with jaws agape. It happened to me and my buddies recently deep in the pinelands of the Francis Marion National Forest.

  • Great fishing continues off coast of Brunswick County

     I looked back through my fishing reports of years past and I couldn’t find any reference or mention that compares to the consistently good King mackerel fishing we’ve had this entire summer. And usually as I expect things to slow down a bit in August, they’re actually getting better. The pogies are plentiful on the beach, the weather is decent and the fishing is great.

  • West Brunswick prepares for season opener against Socastee

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman’s older brother.


    SHALLOTTE – Brett Hickman accepted the West Brunswick head coaching job in March and has worked since then to improve the program’s culture.

    Hickman was pleased with his team’s competitiveness during the BB&T Football Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 10, at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

  • Sandpiper Bay to host annual golf fundraiser Sept. 20

     The headline says it all without saying much of anything.

    No, this isn’t another column about the upcoming high school football season, but another annual occurrence around this time of year.

    It’s time to start thinking about an annual fundraiser that’s held at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club every year in September.

    The Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, with an 18-hole golf scramble, silent auction, putting contest and luncheon?

  • Leland All-Star team finishes World Series in second place

     The Leland National AAA All-Star squad played in almost 20 games in the past two months.

    The group blazed through the District 5 tournament unscathed and emerged undefeated from the state tournament last month at Waccamaw Park in Ash.

    For the first time in tournament play, the Leland All-Stars dropped a game at the 2018 Dixie Youth AAA World Series in Lumberton.

  • Trojans and Scorpions impress at 32nd Annual Jamboree

     Editor’s note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman’s older brother.


    WILMINGTON – There weren’t many folks who expected North Brunswick and West Brunswick to hang with 4A teams Laney and Hoggard, respectively, in last week’s 32nd Annual BB&T Football Jamboree at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

    Laney clobbered North Brunswick when the teams met in last year’s regular season and Hoggard handed West Brunswick a lopsisded loss in 2017, as well.

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss H2GO lawsuit, but cuts claims

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry denied most of Belville’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO that froze the turnover of H2GO’s assets and the future of a reverse osmosis water plant.

    But Henry cut out some of the plaintiffs’ claims in a ruling released Aug. 14.

    State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Henry to take over the case from Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock.

    Henry heard from representatives of Belville, Leland and H2GO at a July 6 hearing.

  • Free Medicare seminar planned in Ocean Isle Beach and Leland

    The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will offer a free seminar, “What time is it? Savings time!” from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall at 3 W. Third St., Ocean Isle Beach, and again Sept. 19 at Life Point Church, 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Suite 24, in Leland.

    The seminars are open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare and will include a question and answer session.