• All it takes is one good person

    By now, Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the United States has come to an end, but I for one hope the impact of it will linger.

  • Creating opportunity on campus at BCC

    By Elina DiCostanzo

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to move 2016 primary elections to March 15, we passed the economic incentives bill and we passed a major reorganization of Medicaid.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    As budget negotiations have ended, the Senate has shifted focus to other initiatives that will benefit the state. The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that provides more economic development tools that will create jobs in North Carolina. The bill, which continues the Job Development Investment Grants program (JDIG) for three years, provides sufficient funds to recruit major employers to the state. Here are some highlights of the economic development bill:

  • ONDBEAT: Weekly coloring sessions soothe adult souls

    They’ve been showing up in droves, maxing out space at Hickmans Crossroads Library and lingering substantially longer than the official hour-long session.

    Coloring books and Crayolas aren’t just for kids anymore, as the library’s weekly adult coloring series has shown.

    Since launching Aug. 25 at the library on Calabash Road near Hickmans Crossroads, the Tuesday morning gatherings are attracting an array of non-children of assorted ages who love to color.

  • What to do when life is rough

    Before I launch into this week’s column, I want to recognize the driver who ran me off U.S. 17 while I was on my way to work last Thursday.

  • Dashcam, body camera footage policy explained

    By Sheriff John Ingram

    Guest Columnist

    In last week’s edition of the Brunswick Beacon, the editorial board provided its view on releasing dash and body camera video footage in the wake of officer-involved shootings and alleged police brutality cases throughout our country.

  • District residents share concerns

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    After traveling across the 7th District during August, it’s clear we share many of the same concerns — especially when it comes to the Obama Administration’s so-called Iran “deal.”

    As you know, Iran has publicly stated its goals of wiping Israel from the face of the Earth while the chant “Death to America” can be heard loud and clear from its public squares. Unfortunately, it has a substantial history of actions that prove its commitment to both goals.

  • Local events, attendance demonstrate caring

    First off this week, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Beacon’s inaugural Outdoor Living Show a success this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and learned more about some of the local businesses and civic organizations that support our community — and maybe gained inspiration for home improvements and to get involved in the groups that make Brunswick County great.

  • A plea to Brunswick County residents

    By Sarah Barra

    Guest Columnist


    I’m a mom of three kids who play on our beaches year round. I’m a grownup who wondered at the beauty of this place as a child. I’m also a grownup who understands economics and the reasons people here may believe drilling is a good idea and worth the risk. I ask all to consider the following facts.