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  • Name change could signal whole new image for Carolina Shores

    Do the “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores” need a name change?

    That was a suggestion a citizen had at last week’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    The idea, in fact, came from resident Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter, who previously served as mayor when the town was still “married up” with the neighboring town of Calabash, prior to their 1998 divorce, that is.

  • Brunswick County’s future really does lie across the border

    Judging from last week’s decision by the N.C. House of Representatives, it appears North Carolina is going to have a difficult time bringing industry to the state when so many other Southern states are more willing to spread around incentive money to close the deal.

    But that’s North Carolina’s problem. Brunswick County has options.

    You may recall that a year or so ago there was a bit of an uproar about the federal government breaking Brunswick County away from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

  • Go right ahead and pass me by

    I have to warn you, I am now the slowest river on the road.

    If you are trying to get somewhere quickly, I’ll be over in the right lane. Don’t mind me.

    I don’t know if I’m finally starting to get used to the way things work around here or if I’ve just given up on the tenets the high school football coaches/driver’s education instructors taught me in summer school.

    But I’m just going to go with it from here on out.

  • Celebrating summer vacation and a chance to cross the pond again

    When it came time to plan another vacation this year — sometimes newspaper people get to do that — I once again chose the UK.

    “Why are you going back to England?” minds inquiring into my bidniz demanded to know.

    Well, I needed to check on Prince George (last year I crossed the pond anticipating and just missing the tiny royal’s birth). Great Britain also has Great Cider, and I speak the language. Sort of.

  • Help clear the air in Brunswick County

    I had family vacationing on one of the islands recently.

    They missed the hurricane, the fireworks and the “Tammy” premiere but they didn’t miss all the Brunswick County happenings.

    Maybe they were keeping a lookout because they had Brunswick County on their mind in eager anticipation for their week off at the beach.

    But the county has also made it into the news for other reasons recently.

    One of the first questions I got after they arrived was, what was going on with that Brunswick County sheriff?

  • Summer heat nothing to swoon at, but sometimes it happens

    Look at me, celebrating the Fourth of July and sunshine in Sunset Beach in red, white and blue just one day after our first (and we hope last) 2014 summer storm, aka Hurricane Arthur, blew up the Carolinas coast.

    Look at me, with my new smartphone pedometer app sauntering up Sunset Beach for a three-mile walk on one of the prettiest beaches God, with a little help from the Gores, ever invented.

  • When is the county’s 250th anniversary party?

    So I hear it’s Brunswick County’s 250th anniversary.

    Well I didn’t hear it but I did read about it — in the Wilmington paper. They seem very excited about Brunswick County’s anniversary over there in New Hanover County.

    I think they think they are going to get cake.

    And if they have enough influence, they will get to decide what flavor it will be.

    I’ve seen that move before, coming from a family with older siblings. That’s a classic move.

  • Busing situation lacks consistency

    In the newsroom we often hear about stories we aren’t involved in covering, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing.

    This week, that story is the board of education’s decision to switch back to a traditional bussing schedule.

    A surprising twist considering our man with the school system, Sam Hickman, had explained the superintendent intended to switch the high school and elementary route times, but remain on a staggered bus schedule.

  • What is the window on spring cleaning when spring takes its time arriving?

    Did I miss the start of spring?

    Has it actually started yet or are we still in a holding pattern waiting for one more cold snap.

    I ask because although weather.com can show me an 18-hour forecast that appears to include spring-like conditions, I need some assurances.

    So I can start my spring cleaning.

    Or have I missed that as well?

    What is the window for doing your spring cleaning and while I’m asking, do I have to clean the windows for it to count as spring cleaning.

  • Late nights started with ‘Letterman’

    When I was a kid, the family used to do things as a family, meaning if my older sisters had some activity to go to, the parents volunteered and I got stuck going along, too.

    We didn’t bother with babysitters when I was too young to take care of myself. When I was old enough to be left on my own, it meant I was old enough to help out with whatever event we were going to — setting up, breaking down, carrying things to and from the station wagon.