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Columns

  • New year is finally in gear with local events

    This, to me, is when the new year really begins in Brunswick County — not Jan. 1, when we’re still recovering from the holidays.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 16, was the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting to kick off its plans for the year, an event preceded by the annual chairman’s awards gala Jan. 8. As a member of the chamber’s board of directors, I attended both.

  • I just can’t get 2017 to go away

    One of my sisters and her family, along with our parents, spent last weekend on a cruise ship.

    The timing couldn’t have been better for them as they were able to escape the second snowfall of the year to dump on Raleigh.

    And my parents got to trade in living on the coast of Florida for visiting an island off the coast of Florida for a few days.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the General Assembly almost shut down because of 6 inches of snow in Raleigh; however, I was able to bring some of it here to Brunswick County.

  • You decide: What’s the future of retail buying?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 percent to 5 percent when all the receipts are in.

  • Another warning about the ‘s’ word

    Here we go again — or not: A weather

    update I received over the weekend from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington warned of the possibility of snow returning to Brunswick County this week.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed a major clean water bill in the House of Representatives, we had several oversight committees, including transportation, and I opened the first local district office in memory by a state representative in Brunswick County.

  • You decide: Where is the economy headed in 2018?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for production and hiring plans. Government officials want to know what the economy will mean for their tax revenues and public expenditures. And, of course, the relative strength or weakness of the economy is one of the key determinants of the availability, types and pay of jobs for workers.

  • Harsh winter temps call for hibernation

    Happy New Year, all! I rang it in by recovering from the crud that plagued many of us at the end of 2017. For me, it was a fitting conclusion to what was a mostly crummy year.

    When I pulled up to my parents’ house for the holidays, my kid brother Jim and his family weren’t there even though they’d arrived the day before.

    “They went to Target because Noah is sick,” Dad explained.

    “Well then, I know what I’m getting for Christmas,” I said.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was unusual for what was happening both inside and outside the legislative buildings. Although I had only one meeting to attend, it seemed to take two days on the calendar.

  • The answer to Brunswick County’s water wars is bubbling under the surface of BSL

    Boiling Spring Lakes, I think 2018 could be your year.

    If you haven’t noticed, your neighbors in the north end of Brunswick County have spent the past year or so freaking out about either contaminated water in the Cape Fear River and whether they should or shouldn’t drink it or whether to pull water out of the aquifers with a reverse osmosis water plant.

    And all the while, there you are BSL, watching 43 million gallons of water a day shoot out of the ground.