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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we held two special sessions in four days; we passed a $200 million disaster recovery bill; and we passed election and bureaucratic reform.

  • Why it’s time for judicial reform when voting

    By John Wester

    Guest Columnist

    Although many of us have participated in polls recently, may I ask one more question? If you voted in one of the six races for seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, how did you choose?

    Based on the number of friends and family members who expressed bewilderment about these races, I am confident the vast majority of our state’s citizens confront this part of the ballot with minimal information or information of a slanted or suspicious nature.

  • You decide: What will happen to the economy in 2017?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I often begin my economic outlook presentations with the following joke: Professional economists are frequently called upon to make forecasts about economic factors like job growth, consumer spending, interest rates and inflation, and economists are very capable of making these forecasts, as long as they are for the past.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: As requested, two ways to make things better

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column “Love Trumps Hate” to try to lift spirits after Nov. 8, which concluded a bitter presidential election that disgusted so many people.

    Not long after that, both my editor and I received the exact same letter from a man urging me not to lump all Donald Trump supporters together (I didn’t, and don’t) and asked what I would recommend he do to make it better for me.

    I’ll tell him and I’ll tell you: nothing extraordinary.

  • On Campus with BCC: Achieve a healthier lifestyle

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina is home to 58 community colleges — all institutions focused on meeting the unique demands of their service areas. However, in my more than 32 years serving the North Carolina Community College System, I have encountered no institution that addresses so thoroughly the health and fitness needs posed by a large, rural county as well as Brunswick Community College. Simply, no community college in North Carolina boasts a campus facility such as the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • No shortage of Christmas spirit in Brunswick County

    There are truly more holiday events in Brunswick County than we can cover in a single season. If there are so many we physically can’t get to them all, we’re certain the same is true for Beacon readers. But rest assured we try to cover as many as we can so as many readers as possible can take in the sights, too.

  • You decide: Will Trump economic policies work?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The voting is over, and we now know Donald J. Trump will take office next year as the 45th President of the United States in January.

    A big part of the presidential political campaigns centered on the economy, with candidates talking about boosting economic growth, creating jobs and improving pay.

    With Mr. Trump the winner, all eyes will be on the policies he will promote to achieve these goals.

  • Plenty to cherish before, during and after Thanksgiving

    First off this week, I need to give a belated thank you to everyone who helped make the Beacon’s sixth annual Holiday Happenings show at Shallotte Middle School on Nov. 12 a smashing success.

  • If Leland and Belville ever find a way to work together, I’ll eat my shoe

    A couple weeks back, I got some news I thought I’d never hear.

    I was told officials from Leland and Belville had come to an agreement to partner on putting an ABC store within Leland’s town limits.

    Right then when I heard the words “Leland” and “Belville” and “agreement” I should have trusted my instincts and known it was too good to be true.

  • Gratefulness offered in advance for driving safely

    Most of our newsroom and many of our other coworkers will be among the estimated 2 million Carolinians AAA estimated will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. The nonprofit motorists’ group defines the travel period as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.