Today's News

  • Fort Caswell plays host to first Rural Justice Food Summit

    By Chelsea Dunlap

    Guest Columnist

    From April 20-22, the Youth Ambassadors for A Better Community hosted their first-ever Rural Food Justice Summit in Fort Caswell. There were approximately 70 people in attendance and other youth groups, including A Better Chance — A Better Community, Youth Empowered Solutions and NC Field.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed historic constitutional amendments for the voters to decide, we had a record override votes of the governor’s vetoes, and we finished our work for the short session.

  • You decide: what should be done about income inequality?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Income inequality is one of those terms that receive different reactions from people. Some view it as a natural result of our economic system. Others view it as the rich robbing the poor. Still, others ignore it by focusing on their own lives and whether they are making progress.

  • Jewel Evans celebrates 91st birthday

    Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash honored the 91st birthday of Jewel Evans, born June 6, 1927.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    There are two kinds of people: those who, while strolling down a sidewalk, will spot a penny down there and keep going, and the other kind, the sort of person who will invariably stoop down and pick it up. I guess that I fall into the first group … although I am not embarrassed to admit I will stop for a nickel. And everyone would pick up a dime, right? This week’s mystery plant reminds us of coins on the ground.

  • Are you too quick to judge others?

    By Linda Arnold


    “Thinking is difficult. That’s why most people judge.”

    When I saw that quote from psychoanalyst Carl Jung come across my social media feed the other day, I did a double take.

    It made me think about the patterns we develop in life. Chances are, you learned the Golden Rule while growing up or heard it along the way: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  • Chicken and shrimp recipes share common thread

    Editor’s note: Norm Harding is retiring as Beacon food columnist, effective with the publication of this column. Anyone interested in being the Beacon’s new food columnist is asked to contact Managing Editor Jackie Torok at 754-6890 or editor@brunswickbeacon.com.


    Occasionally, I receive a favorite recipe from a reader that also includes a history of when and where it came from and so on.

  • Quiet time is both priceless and costly

    I recently came across a quote of Hans Margolius: “Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” It is an arresting thought — and a compelling one. Added information seemed to pour into my mind via my faithful attention to incoming mail! I was inundated with tidbits from here, there, and everywhere which universally indicated a need to find, treasure, embrace, and hold sacred the offering of quiet time which comes daily into my life.

  • Dogs eat the darndest things: the truth about canine coprophagia

    “STOP! I don’t think you want to kiss Daisy.”

    I froze, nose-to-nose with a perfectly peck-able puppy. Of course, I wanted to kiss Daisy. She was a pug, after all, and I’m a veterinarian. That’s what I do.   

    “It’s just, well, that’s what I wanted to talk to you about. Daisy has been eating her, you know…”

    I slowly eased away, understanding exactly what she meant.

  • How to have a safe cookout, no matter what you call it

    I’m guessing that most of you had a cookout of some sort over the holiday. According to a survey commissioned by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), July 4 is the most popular grilling day of the year. Their survey shows 73 percent of consumers grill on that holiday.

    The survey also shows seven out of 10 U.S. adults own a grill or a smoker. Gas is the most popular grill type (64 percent), followed by charcoal (44 percent), then electric (9 percent).