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Columns

  • Communication breakdowns offer teachable moments

    Last Thursday night, I returned to the office to finish a few tasks I didn’t complete before my dinner date with my high school boyfriend’s parents here in Shallotte.

    Robert and Kathy Hall, of King, have known me most of my life, starting when I dated their only child back in the ‘80s. They, like Keith, have been my dear friends since then. These days, they venture to Brunswick County with members of their church at least once a year. Ever since I moved here almost three years ago, they’ve made a point of treating me to dinner during their visit.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Remembering their sacrifice

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    Every year on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

    Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security. It is also a time to thank our veterans who have served as well as our men and women in uniform who are serving.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.

  • It’s time to bask in nature’s serenity

    You might think after nearly three years of living in Brunswick County I’d be thoroughly acclimated to its environment and the animals that call it home, particularly inland, but you would be mistaken.

    Also, if you’re heading up U.S. 17 at a pretty good clip and get stuck behind a blue car doing the speed limit because its driver is craning her neck to gawk at an egret fishing in a ditch full of water along the shoulder, I apologize in advance.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed two bills out of the House Transportation Committee dealing with ferries and with light rail projects; we honored our veterans with a resolution on the House floor; and we completed the individual sections of the House budget.

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we began meeting daily to work on the budget, our policy committees began meeting to approve bills for referral to the House floor and we approved several bills adjusting tax laws and unemployment insurance.