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Columns

  • Events give ‘expo’nential exposure to local businesses, services

    Let me start my column this week by thanking everyone who participated in the Beacon’s 11th annual Health Expo this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. Even though I’ve been here almost four years (Can you believe it? Time really does fly when you’re having fun.), this was the first time I had the chance to spend almost all day at this event.

  • Don’t be like Chuck, Mike

    I think Michael Jordan is becoming Chuck Taylor.

    My thoughts on this topic stem directly from too much time wasted watching NBA All Star on Saturday night, when all the big names of basketball’s past, present and future are all in one place, typically.

    But I realized at some point after the 3-point contest and in the middle of an underwhelming slam dunk contest that the guy who was so competitive he took part in both challenges over his career, only winning the slam dunk trophy, wasn’t around for either of them during All Star Weekend.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we filed many more bills, now up to about 200; we passed a key education bill; we had more visitors from back home and across the state; and I chaired two different transportation committees.

  • You decide: Is farming a high-tech industry?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My paternal grandfather was a farmer in Ohio. He raised a variety of crops, but his “bread and butter” was hogs.

    In southwestern Ohio, hogs were big business a century ago. In fact, at one time, Cincinnati (where I was born) was known as “Porkopolis.” Farmers like my grandfather drove their hogs from outlying farms to the packing houses in the city.

  • A little kindness still goes a long way

    One of my favorite things about being a community newspaper editor is getting great response from readers about what we publish and the community we serve.

  • My view on the Hill during the Bowling Green Massacre

    It’s still vivid in my mind despite it being nearly six years later. Memories like that just sear in your mind, no matter how hard you try to forget.

    But as a former Western Kentucky University student who resided in Bowling Green, Ky., for nearly five years from fall 2009 to spring 2014, it’s time to for me to finally talk about what happened in May 2011 on the Hill.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives more of our policy committees began meeting to handle bills, we passed several key bills and we filed up to 120 bills so far, some of which I sponsored.

  • Whether in an ad or a letter, freedom of speech rules

    The news department and the advertising department are two separate departments at the Beacon, just as they are at any other newspaper, but that sure didn’t stop several people from contacting me about the “impeach Trump” ad we published in last week’s edition.

    Since they did, I’m happy to answer these questions I received about it:

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored the Boy Scouts of America on its 107th anniversary, we began holding policy committee meetings to handle key bills and we passed two major bills out of committee.

  • How can we get to 4 percent economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the major goals of the new Trump Administration is to increase the rate of economic growth in the country. The objective is to move from the 2 percent annual growth rate of recent years to 4 percent.

    What exactly does this mean? Technically, the national economic growth rate is measured by the annual change in “real gross domestic product.” Translated from economic jargon, this is the growth in the country’s production of both goods and services.