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Columns

  • Growing tourism, slowing summer into fall

    Back in January, I wrote about my Aunt Donna and Uncle Bob Czaplinski who came down to Sunset Beach for the first time to escape two of the worst winter months back in our hometown of Cleveland. I’m pleased to report they enjoyed their time in Brunswick County so much, they’ll return again come January.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we sent a Medicaid reform bill to a conference committee to be renegotiated, we also sent a sales tax and economic incentives bill to conference, we finally approved the unemployment insurance reform bill and continued to wait on budget target amounts.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Budget

    Senate and House budget conferees met with Gov. Pat McCrory at the executive mansion Aug. 18 and agreed upon a total budget amount of $21.735 billion. Last week, the Legislature agreed to extend the continuing resolution until Aug. 31 in order to continue budget negotiations. The Senate will work through the weekend to meet this deadline.

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  • Meeting state legislators, including ­— finally­ — Sen. Rabon

    Beacon reporters have being covering government meetings for the past several weeks where officials have told us how a possible change to the state’s sales tax distribution method would damage our local economy, maybe irreparably.

    When the issue came up at Shallotte’s last board of aldermen meeting, we asked if any town officials were planning to take the cause to Raleigh because, if they were, we’d like to join them.

  • You decide: What’s behind the productivity slump?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major bond proposal bill, the House Speaker responded to the Planned Parenthood controversy and we had some Brunswick County officials visit us about the proposed sales tax redistribution plan.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: After 19 weeks of trying to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bills 215 and 209, Beacon staff traveled to his office at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh on Aug. 11 to speak with him in person.