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Columns

  • Healthy competition bodes well for Brunswick County

    Those poor folks back in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Even though I moved from that area more than four years ago, some of them still can’t escape me.

    Take my pal Jennifer Hulon, one of my former co-workers at the Morning News in Florence, S.C. It’s been close to a decade since we worked in the same office, but there we were Saturday, face to face again but in different roles at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach for the McLeod Foundation’s “Top Hats and Tiaras” Ball.

  • Tax redistribution will hurt our economy

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

  • On campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Welcome to the first edition of “On Campus at Brunswick Community College.”

    I want to thank The Brunswick Beacon for giving BCC this new voice in our community. The focus of “On Campus” is to promote community awareness of college programs, services and accomplishments; to broadcast the achievements of our students; to engage the local community in special events; and to introduce the public to individuals who contribute in various ways to the life of the campus.

  • You decide: What is the state of our state’s education?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago, most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book learning.” The stamina and strength to endure backbreaking work, day after day, were the main requirements for success.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to enable the death penalty to be carried out, we had a long budget meeting for public input and we saw many bills finally moving through committees.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 18 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • Highlights, recommendations from the ‘best week ever’

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to protect historic monuments, we handled two bills dealing with coastal issues, we took up a major regulatory reform bill and we continued to work on the budget.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 17 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • Time again to be identified by the T-shirt I wear

    Somewhere in the depths of my closet, I’ve buried a comfy gray T-shirt I haven’t worn in a long time. It hasn’t seemed appropriate to wear it in public in Brunswick County — not because it’s ill-fitting or ratty, emblazoned with profanity or promoting a potentially controversial issue, but because I’ve been so happy here at the helm of the Beacon newsroom.