• Give thanks for humor and understanding

    There’s a website I visit from time to time and follow on Facebook called Overheard in the Newsroom. The point of it is to deliver “the best overheard comments and conversations in any newsroom.” I find it’s always good for a laugh.

    Since about a third of my friends are current or former journalists, I stumble across many snippets of conversations on this site that are eerily similar, if no identical, to conversations I’ve either taken part in or overheard in newsrooms where I’ve worked going on 25 years now.

  • ONDBEAT: Veterans' recognition continues after Nov. 11

    After Veterans Day this past Nov. 11, even after all the pomp of attending a ceremony the following day when their hero Army son received a critical piece of medal at the White House, Klara and Larry Groberg had more honors awaiting upon their arrival back home in Brunswick County.

    Neighbors had festooned their home in the Oyster Harbour community near Holden Beach with flags, miniature ones marching up the driveway and encircling their mailbox.

  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday

    By Gregg Thompson

    Guest Columnist

    Every year, Gallup asks people how much confidence they have in various institutions. The results aren’t surprising. Only 8 percent had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Big business scored 21 percent. That’s no better than TV news.

    Small business, on the other hand, came in second with 67 percent of respondents considering it trustworthy. Only the U.S. military scored higher.

  • You decide: How can North Carolina use economic trends?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As I travel the state giving presentations about the economy, there’s one common trait I find regardless of where I am: People are anxious about the economy.

    Although there’s been economic improvement since the Great Recession, I sense uneasiness among many people about how long the gains will last. Many believe the economic future is no longer in their hands and it is subject to forces and actions beyond their control.

  • Veterans’ Memorial unifies our community

    Most of the time, I don’t think we’d have much of a community, let alone a society, if we all always shared the same point of view all the time, but the bellicosity of some of the races in the Nov. 3 election left me feeling defeated. And while voter turnout was better than in years past, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections, I was disappointed by the final tally of 22.98 percent. I was starting to doubt whether anything could bring us all together anytime soon.

  • What can Toastmasters do for you?

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

    Hi, I am Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, and I am a Toastmaster. How many of you have introduced yourself this way? Nowadays, I can with confidence and with comfort.

    My question is, how did I arrive at this level of comfort and confidence? What has Toastmasters done for me? More importantly, what can Toastmasters do for you? Is Toastmasters right for you?

  • Ending the chapter of another eventful weekend

    As I write this column, I’m looking forward to a Sunday full of big plans to sleep and do my laundry — hopefully as much of the former as there is of the latter, which was caused by three straight weekends of hosting family in my home.

  • Can efficiency save our natural resources?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina could add 3.5 million people over the next 40 years. That’s a 40 percent jump from today’s total.

    While there are questions about where new people will live, what jobs they will have and how they will commute within the state, perhaps a bigger question is their impact on our natural resources — specifically water and energy.

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.