Today's News

  • Past Elks ruler set for July 4 head-shaving to aid childhood cancer research

    CALABASH — Juanita Adams, the first female exalted ruler of Calabash Elks Lodge 2679, is just a hair’s length away from another first.

    The Sunset Beach woman is set to have her head shaved during upcoming Fourth of July festivities in Calabash to help raise funds to aid childhood cancer.

    The public shave-a-thon is slated to take place between 7 and 7:30 p.m. onstage next Wednesday during a music break at the annual holiday event next to Captain John’s Seafood House and the Calabash River.

  • Calabash Summer Concert postponed

    The Calabash Summer Concert featuring The Fantastic Shakers planned for Tuesday night, June 26, has been rescheduled due to the chance of severe thunderstorms.

    The Fantastic Shakers have been rescheduled to perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Calabash Community Park.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    The rain around here comes and goes, and it’s hot and dry where I live. Of course, it will get wet again. Maybe we should talk a little bit about wetland plant species.

  • It takes courage to live on the edge

    I’m a scaredy-cat. There you have it, in a nutshell. I may stomp and shout, proclaim and exclaim, but I am yet a scaredy-cat. I’m afraid of heights as well as depths. Although I have forsaken swimming these days, in the past I would never go to the deep end of the pool or stay where my feet could not touch the ocean floor. My heart pounds when I hear things go bump in the night. I see the poison-laden tentacles of a man-of-war wrapping around me when it’s only seaweed. You get the picture. I’m a scaredy-cat.

  • Proper browning techniques lead to rich, flavorful meat


    So you’re planning to make beef bourguignon, a full-flavored French stew. The first step is to brown the meat, a messy and time-consuming step. But you are short of time and decide to just skip to the next step, just dumping the raw beef chunks into the stewing liquid. Not a good idea. Your shortcut saved you time, but your great French stew will likely taste flat and lifeless.


    Secrets to browning

  • Tariffs on newsprint have impact on Beacon coverage

    Now that’s you’ve read this week’s editorial, let me tell you what it means for the Beacon.

    The people who regularly send us community news items already know we haven’t been able to publish them as promptly as we have in the past. The No. 1 reason for our community news backlog is not having enough pages. Submissions are held for a week, then two, and so on until we have enough space for them after we’ve placed all ads and news stories on our pages every week.

  • Tariffs threaten community news, events

    Editor’s note: This editorial is by National Newspaper Association  president Susan Rowell, publisher/regional manager of The Lancaster (S.C.) News/Carolina Gateway, which is owned by the Beacon’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we overrode the governor’s veto on two election bills, we moved local bills through committees and both chambers, and we learned about constitutional amendments to be voted on shortly.

    Many of our votes in the N.C. House last week were votes to concur with bills that had passed the House earlier, and had been sent to the Senate. There they had been changed, so we had to concur, or agree, to the Senate changes.

  • McIntyre receives state public service award

    Mike McIntyre, who served as North Carolina’s 7th District congressman for 18 year, received The Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award at the bar association’s awards banquet at its convention June 21 in Wilmington. The award recognizes an outstanding lawyer in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service.

  • Fireman’s Freedom Competition June 30

    The Southport Fire Department will present the 35th annual Fireman’s Freedom Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the Southport Fire Substation, 111 E. Nash St. in Southport.

    Since 1984, The city of Southport Fire Department has invited area fire departments to Southport to compete in the N.C. 4th of July Festival Fire Fighter Freedom Competition.