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Columns

  • The Beacon moves to new press plant in Charleston, S.C.

    Something’s different about your Beacon this week, but it’s so subtle you may not be able to figure out what it is.

    I’ll go ahead and tell you: The pages are a smidgen shorter but a skosh wider.

    Something else has changed, too: What’s printed on the pages should be much crisper and easier to read.

    Want more good news?

    Although our community news deadline remains noon Thursdays, we expect to work through our backlog of submissions much more quickly — and soon.

  • Sunset Beach accomplished much last year

    By Robert A. Forrester

    Guest Columnist

    During calendar year 2017, Sunset Beach town staff and town council addressed and accomplished a substantial number of matters. A brief synopsis follows:

    Litigation

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the bill known as the “class size fix” for elementary schools, we continued to hold dozens of committee meetings, I was able to attend meetings back here in the district, and candidate filing started all over the state.

  • Congress quietly creates a new health care crisis

    By Pamela Tripp

    Guest Columnist

    A virulent flu season is under way and the number of opioid overdoses

    continues to climb, yet our public health is more vulnerable than ever because Community Health Centers like CommWell Health are running out of time and money.

    Critical funding for our program expired Oct. 1, 2017. Since then, all health centers have been operating under a “funding cliff.”

  • Brunswick County’s pets deserve to have safe homes, too

    After more than four years of putting it off, I finally visited Cat Tails, a feline-only rescue and shelter in Ocean Isle Beach on Sunday. I’d avoided it for so long because when it comes to kitties who need a home, I want to offer mine to them — all of them. That’s how all six of my cats made me their mom.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a one-day session with committee meetings and votes on the class size bill, we had movement in the Senate on the GenX/Emerging contaminants bill, and I was able to attend some meetings in the district.

    On Feb. 5 we were informed we would be in Raleigh the night of Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 for voting sessions. This changed several times, but I still went to Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon, although no votes were actually held that night.

  • Thank our firefighters and first responders for service

    By Mike Causey

    Guest Columnist

    While attending the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs mid-winter conference, I had the opportunity to talk with fire chiefs from all areas of North Carolina. They told me about the stress many firefighters have been under during the first few weeks of 2018.

    The reason: The cold weather we experienced during the first month of the year — the frigid weather in many parts of the state — triggered an extraordinary number of fires and fire calls.

  • On Campus with BCC: Why choose online learning?

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College deans, directors and program chairs use valuable advice from program advisory committees — made up of individuals from businesses, industries and transfer institutions — to make applicable changes to curriculum course offerings and/or in course delivery methods.

  • Saturday events convey hometown connections

    I’m pleased to report the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s ninth annual SOUPer Bowl at Shallotte Presbyterian Church were each a rousing success this past Saturday.

    I didn’t make it to the latter event because I was working at the former with my friend, colleague and occasional stylist Nancy Nalewajek, the Beacon’s bookkeeper, but my friend, colleague and Beacon staff writer Laura Lewis did.

  • You decide: Will the new tax law’s inflation measure cost you?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The new federal income tax law is chock full of changes, alterations and adjustments that are keeping taxpayers, accountants and economists spending hours trying to understand it. It appears almost nothing has remained the same.