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Columns

  • As luck would have it

    My parents and I don’t always have specific plans when they come to see me here in Brunswick County, but none of their visits are complete unless I can see them off from Bagel Dock in Calabash the morning they plan to head home. My parents are bagel connoisseurs, and they swear the ones served by Carmine and Margaret Barbaro and their crew are among the best they’ve ever tasted.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a final 2016-17 budget bill, we modified a major transportation bill, we saw two bills of local interest studied and we received more visitors from back home.

  • A most memorable visit to Holden Beach

    By Anita Prater

    Guest Columnist

    My sister, Mary Gillum, and I have been visiting Holden Beach for many years with our families. This year’s trip will be the most memorable.

  • Remain vigilant for scams targeting military

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    American service members are on guard to protect our country, and we’re grateful for their service. Sadly, they also need to stay alert to avoid scams and bad deals that target military consumers.

    For example, military personnel were tricked into buying computers, gaming systems and other electronics at prices that were two to three times higher than what the items were actually worth.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: For Anton

    A half-human, half-Vulcan. A captain with a smirk and blue eyes that seem almost photoshopped. A cranky doctor. A talented pilot. An expert in linguistics. And a curly-haired Russian whiz kid. 

    These are the members of the bridge crew of the Starship Enterprise, their stories depicted on television and movie screens for the past 50 years.

    In April 2009 I couldn't tell you anything about these characters.

    In May 2009 I essentially adopted them as my extended family members and could tell you everything about them. And I still can.

  • Victory, at long last, after lifetime of loyalty

    Fifty-two years is how long my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, has been waiting for a champion. For some folks, it’s a lifetime.

    Until this past Sunday, Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fans, like my brother and me, have only been able to see winning teams through the eyes of our parents and grandparents.

  • SHIIP not just for seniors

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a budget for 2016-17, we passed a major regulatory reform bill and we welcomed some important visitors from back home.

  • You decide: What can we learn from the 1970s gas crisis?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two important events happened in my life 40 years ago. I met my future wife. And I was an unwilling participant of the decade’s gas crisis.

    The first event went well; my wife and I have been married for 36 years. While the second event, the gas crisis, wasn’t fun at the time, it has provided some lessons for how public policy makers respond to shortages in key commodities, like gasoline.