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Columns

  • Hurricane Arthur gives way to happy holiday

    I’m relieved this year’s Fourth of July holiday and weekend was without tragedy after last year’s terrible rip current drownings, and especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, which mostly just soaked us here Brunswick County and put a damper on some pre-holiday plans.

  • A day in the life of a sea turtle volunteer

    By Jim Boyce

     

    Guest Columnist

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s note: The senator’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

    The 2014 short session continues to be nothing short of eventful, and we are working hard in order to accomplish our goals.

     

    Budget update

  • Celebrating a year on the job

    By the time you read this column, my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom will have come and gone. I can’t believe it’s been a year already; time really does fly when you’re having fun.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Almost daily, the question being asked by people back home is: “When will the short session be over?” It’s hard to answer, as we are pushing to finish our work, but budget negotiations are continuing.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The 2014 short session continues to be nothing short of eventful, and we are working hard in order to accomplish our goals.

     

    Closing all coal ash ponds

    I am proud to report the Senate passed an aggressive plan for coal ash mitigation that will give North Carolina the strictest regulations on coal ash in the country and make it the first state to force closure of all coal ash ponds.

  • When you mess up, fess up

    I wasn’t aware of the Medill F until I read a story this week about the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
    According to news reports, 30 of the 250 or so graduates received diplomas that featured an egregious spelling error. Their degrees were in “media, integrated marketing communications” — except the word “integrated” was spelled “itegrated.”

  • I’m almost 65 — How should I prepare for Medicare?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist