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Columns

  • Ads, news are two different branches of the same newspaper tree

    It happens once about every two or three weeks: I get a message on my voicemail here at the office from someone who wants to “put an ad” in the Beacon. Trouble is, I’m not in the ad department; I lead the Beacon’s news department. And ads and news items are two very different things.

  • Caffeine overdosers unite: There's a lot to learn in the middle of the night

    Free coffee on National Coffee Day this past Monday, Sept. 29, must’ve been caffeinated bliss for addicts who don’t have to be mindful of overdoing it.

    All a coffeeholic had to do was venture up U.S. 17 for a free or reduced-price fix every five or so miles. And that’s just in consideration of all the Kangaroo stores and Mickey D’s dotting the roadside.

  • Where is your happy place?

    By Miranda Michelle Parkstone

    Guest Columnist

    There are many places I could regard as my “happy place,” but there is only one certain place where I am most content. This place would be at the beach — Sunset Beach, specifically — right at the beginning of summer. Because vacationers generally do not begin their retreats to the beach until early August, crowds are typically rather thin at this time of the season.

  • Try to make time for community events, other important activities

    Have we had one of the soggiest summers here in recent history? I’ve only been here a little longer than a year, but I don’t remember it being quite this rainy last year. Not that I mind; I love water, even when it falls from the sky. But still, it seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve heard anyone drop the dreaded d-word — drought — and I wonder if local lawn and garden care services are having a banner year.

  • We must never forget

    By Frank Richardson

    Guest Columnist

    They walk among us and we often don’t notice. They have a special day in their honor and we often forget. We’re talking about National POW/MIA Recognition Day which is always the third Friday in September. 
In Brunswick County there are a lot of veterans of our nation’s services but there is a special breed within that number: those who were held prisoner of war. A good number of those are back, but there are many still missing in action.

  • Prescription drug assistance for low-income Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    Do you ever have difficulty paying for your prescription drugs? Do you have limited income and assets? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions and you are a person with Medicare, Extra Help may be available for you.

  • A career first and having the last word

    Even though I’ve been in journalism for 20 years or so, I can still remember every first experience I’ve had in my career.

    I remember the first misspelling of my last name — Torak — and most of the rest, such as Turok (like the video game), Tork (like the Monkee), Took (like the past tense verb), Tonorock (like, well, I have no idea), Clark (like not even close) and — my favorite — Sock (like the article of clothing).

  • Food faux pas are firmly in the past

    My favorite holiday will be here before we know it. I know summer's not officially over yet, but I can feel fall inching closer. Even if I couldn't somehow sense it, the telltale giant bags of candy already being sold in grocery stores would clue me in quick.

  • Sands of time: A short history of Southeast Asia

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

     

    Let us all journey to Southeast Asia through the sands of time and learn a little bit of the history that identifies some of our neighbor’s culture.

  • Apologizes and better self care are in order