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Today's News

  • If you're ready for change, it's time to get out and vote

    There’s been a whole lot going on in Brunswick County since I moved here just more than a year ago.

    Our community has had some big news headlines. Among them are a teacher who married a student and the sheriff being forced out of office after being indicted on four charges.

    We also had a school board member who faced a now-repealed domestic violence protection order after being accused of making threats to a Brunswick County Schools employee—a woman he had an admitted affair with.

  • Gas prices, cost of living make life difficult for working people

    A survey recently conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation found the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline is the No. 1 “economic woe” facing families in the United States.

    The survey, which was meant to measure how changes in the economy have affected everyday life, showed 44 percent of participants said paying for gas is “a serious problem.”

  • What will 'change' candidates really do for us?

    OK, so Election Day is upon us again, and I can’t help but think, “here we go again.”

    I have to admit, I have a more acute sense about elections and issues than I did before I got into the news business. I’m more involved, I’m more aware. I’m more passionate about the issues facing people in the community.

    It’s my job—I can’t afford not to be.

    But now that I’ve been around the block a time or two as far as elections go, I’m beginning to feel I’ve heard it all before.

  • Economic stimulus? I don't think so

    I was half asleep watching the ticker creep across the bottom of CNN Headline News when a headline caught my eye.

    The ticker read, “The first economic stimulus payments are in the mail, four days earlier than anticipated.”

    It then went on to say the government hoped this would stimulate the sluggish economy.

    I am not sure how they expect the miniscule $300, $600 and $900 checks to stimulate the economy. Most people will barely be able to catch their bills up with that check.

  • Disney World just a senior trip away

    I know sages wiser than me advise parents not to live vicariously through their children, but that’s exactly what happened when my 17-year-old recently ventured with other high school seniors from Carolina to Florida.

    Suddenly, Disney World blossomed vividly before me, harking back to Sunday nights when Walt Disney’s “Wonderful World of Color” erupted on Peacock TV, better known as NBC, with a little magic from Tinkerbell.

    “Oh, I wish I could go,” I whined. “Pullleaze? Can’t Mama go?”

  • Thanks to Beacon readers for responding, sharing ideas

    First of all, I want to thank the public for responding to the April 17 column titled “Providing assistance to those in need is compassion not socialism.”

    Discussions of these kinds of issues are needed more than ever. It is great that there can be civil, respectful discussions between columnist and readers on non-conventional issues.

    Most who read my columns know I am a passionate advocate of personal responsibility.I feel a person should work hard and not expect a handout from the government or from private agencies.

  • Congratulations to outstanding teachers

    Congratulations go out to all the Brunswick County Schools teachers honored recently at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

    Outstanding educators, representing each school in the county, were honored as teachers of the year for their individual schools. Friday, they joined together with other educators, administrators and education advocates to celebrate their honors and to single out the district’s top teacher for 2008.

  • Bananas are actually a large herb, not really a fruit!

    The banana tree originated in India and eventually found its way through the tropical regions of the world, namely, Africa, Latin America, Australia and Southeast Asia.

    If you want to get technical however, the banana is not a tree, nor is the yummy yellow edible a fruit. The “tree” is actually a large herb and the banana is seedless and thus, botanically speaking, not a fruit.

  • Speaking for those without a voice

    Volunteering with a church in downtown Houston more than a year ago, Mike Jones, a Brunswick County native, walked under a bridge to talk to a homeless woman.

    He had prayed with many homeless people during his time as a volunteer, but this one was different. The woman was pregnant with triplets and living under the bridge with her boyfriend.

    During their prayer, many others joined in, forming a larger and larger circle underneath the bridge as they prayed for the woman and her unborn children.

  • Brunswick students place second in mock trial competition

    Brunswick County Mock Trial competition team placed second in the state during the recent North Carolina Teen Court Summit.

    Team coaches were Fred Ammann and John Kelso. Adult volunteers and team members included Perry Smith and Josh Theroux, prosecutors; Ashley Williams and Tabitha Causby, defense attorneys; Dakota Evans, bailiff; and Keith Hughes, clerk of court.