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Columns

  • Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

    Here I am (again), stuck in the middle with you (with apologies to the late Gerry Rafferty).

    So, yes, it’s true: While Halloween is my favorite holiday, I’m not only deathly allergic to raw pumpkin but I also have coulrophobia.

    And I cherish my coworkers, but not when they prey upon my fear of clowns.

    I was back in Cleveland the other weekend for my cousin’s wedding. That, coupled with the abundance of letters to the editor and guest columns we received, is why there was no column from me in last week’s edition.

  • CIS Success Coaches can change student outcomes

    By Todd Beane

    Guest Columnist

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County’s (CIS) mission is built on student success. The CIS mission is to “surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” CIS Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program is a primary partner for providing opportunities and supporting student achievement and success in Brunswick County Schools.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we held a very short session to override a veto by the governor, we were planning upcoming committee meetings and I was able to go back into our schools.

  • Senior Tar Heel legislature report

    The Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) met Oct. 3 and 4 to elect new executive officers, review existing priorities and host several informative speakers as the year concludes.

    Outgoing speaker Dr. Althea Taylor-Jones was honored by the presence of students majoring in gerontology and enrolled in the public policy, aging and society class at Winston-Salem State University.

  • You decide: Should we worry about monopolies?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of my favorite games as a child was Monopoly. On a Saturday morning, my mother would announce, “tonight is Monopoly night.” That evening, the family would gather around the dining room table and play Monopoly for hours. An added bonus was the availability of snacks, something my mother usually prohibited after dinner.

  • Recovering from illness as flu season kicks off

    Hello again! I took last week off from column writing for two reasons:

    One, we had eight letters to the editor plus guest columns that left no space for my column.

    Two., I was still recovering from a mystery illness that robbed me of the previous weekend. My parents thought I sounded so sick, they alerted my kid brother to come down from Wilmington and take me to the nearest emergency room, believing I was too weak to put up a fight. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • On Campus with BCC: Seeking individuals who want to make a life-saving difference

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Employees of all ages generally agree on the qualities

    that make a career truly rewarding: teamwork,

    purpose and lasting value, family sustaining wages, and a balance of excitement and routine. It would be difficult to list careers that encompass all these qualities without including emergency services.