• Trip to London a great way to kill time waiting for royal baby

    We went bearing passports and luggage that had to pass muster with the TSA (no small feat), finally crossing over the big pond just to see the queen and her new great-grandchild.

    All that effort, and still no baby.

    To kill time on my first international trip, and since I couldn’t sleep, I watched movies and the GPS tracking our route on the overnight transatlantic flight on a screen built into the seat of the plane passenger in front of me.

  • Does this Shallotte mystery deserve its own documentary?

    The other day I saw a fascinating clip online of an upcoming documentary “The Gettysburg Story,” which will play on PBS in November to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

    They filmed the battlefields using a camera mounted to a multi-rotor drone in order to rise above and sweep across the fields to show how the battles took place where the Confederate Troops attacked the Union positions over the three-day battle.

  • Journalism career starts with a grudge, leads to a job in Shallotte

    By Jackie Torok

    Managing Editor


    Hello, Brunswick County! I’m glad to meet you.

    I’m Jackie Torok, and I’m the new managing editor of your Beacon. I think it’s fair to call The Brunswick Beacon your Beacon because, as your newspaper, we’re here to inform you about the important things happening in your community. This newspaper has a reputation for reporting the news that’s important to you, and I have no plans to change it.

  • Tips for enjoying this year's Fourth of July festival

    Today, clowns will be riding tiny cars, vendors will be selling a variety of fried confections, bands will be playing and beauty queens of all ages will be waving until their arms give out. That’s right. It’s time for the annual N.C. Fourth of July Festival.

    Each year, I spend July 4 in Southport, and this year will be no different.

    Like a kid waiting on Christmas, I start looking forward to the festival weeks before it’s time. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement as people make their preparations.

  • Brunswick County offers no-fuss family fun

    “Mommy, I wanna do somethin’ fun. We never do anything fun.”

    My son utters these words every weekend. It never fails that when I am attempting to get caught up on my housework, he gets bored and accuses us of being “the most boring family ever.”

  • Trading on Calabash name just might require a trademark

    An ongoing go-round between restaurant owners about claims to use of the names “Miss Calabash” and “Mrs. Calabash” has spurred food for thought (see write-up on this week’s food page in the Tides section of the Beacon).

    When Calabash restaurateurs Shawn Bellamy and Crystal Coleman-Nixon challenged a new restaurant about use of anything even remotely resembling Miss, Mrs. or, as we say down South, Miz or Mamaw Calabash, a nosy reporter—aka me—started nosing around.

  • From Batman pajamas to cap and gown, children grow up quickly

    By Angie Sutton

    General Manager

    It seems like yesterday when I was begging to get a pair of Batman pajamas off my son Cameron just long enough to throw them in the laundry.

    Now Cameron is a graduate of the class of 2013.

    We have all heard the sayings, “don’t blink,” “time flies” and “they grow up before you know it.” Today I truly understand those words.

  • Sibling connection means a lifetime of shared experiences

    Be careful what you give your kids for Christmas—it might affect their whole lives.
    When my sister Anne Marie and I were kids, our parents gave us a printing press. It had wooden block letters we placed in slots and ink we poured into a container. After we arranged the letters into words, we hand-cranked paper over the blocks into a printed page.

  • Here are a few tidbits about what happened in Vegas, baby

    I finally found out, I finally found out. I finally found out what happens in Vegas.

    The answer: pretty dang much anything you want to have happen in Vegas.

    I’m not sure I should share, since what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—unless you’re Prince Harry with his ever-present trail of stalking paparazzi and leaked cell-phone photos.

  • Graduation and growing up can be hard on parents

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    When my son was born, everyone told me to enjoy his childhood because it would pass too quickly.

    I’ll admit that I’ve thought about him growing up, but I didn’t really consider how I would feel about that until I watched him graduate from Pre-K last Friday. When I saw him in his little blue cap and gown, it really hit me; he’s growing up, and in less than 15 years, he’ll be graduating from high school.