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Columns

  • Leland Causeway Bridge project completed ahead of schedule

    By Karen Eason Collette

    Guest Columnist

    Performing road construction on a heavily traveled highway is like remodeling a house while you’re still living in it. Although the process can be stressful and inconvenient at times, the final product is rewarding.

    This sentiment is now being shared by thousands of Wilmington and Leland area commuters who navigated through the Leland Causeway Bridge project, one of the biggest and most ambitious projects in the history of our region.

  • Support your local retailers

    By Andy Ellen

    Guest Columnist

    Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina harder than anyone could have imagined.

    Millions of North Carolinians were affected either by wind damage, power outages or flooding.

    While none of us ever want any disaster to occur, fortunately, when they do happen, they seem to bring out the best in people.

  • You decide: Where will we live?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Less than 50 years ago in 1970, North Carolina was still a rural state. More than half (54 percent) of the state’s residents lived in rural areas. In fact, at that time, only five states — Vermont, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota and Mississippi — had a higher percentage of their population living in rural counties.

  • An extraordinary experience, courtesy of kind readers

    Since my last column, some of the sting from this year’s World Series has abated. The series went to seven games and ended in defeat at Cleveland for my beloved Cleveland Indians. It pitted my team, now heading into its 69th year without a title, against the Chicago Cubs, whose 108-year drought finally ended. Before the series ended, they were the two Major League Baseball franchises with the longest championship droughts.

  • A springboard for things to come in 2017

    So I’m still recovering from the World Series, which went to seven games and ended in defeat at Cleveland for my beloved Cleveland Indians. Now that the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year drought is finally over, the Tribe now has the longest span between titles, heading into its 69th year.

    I have plenty more to say about this, but it’ll have to wait until next week’s column because I have something more pressing to write about this week, something else to look forward to in the coming year.

  • On Campus with BCC: New directors, new directions

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • You decide: Is demography behind slow economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the big issues heard in this election year is slow economic growth. Although the economy has improved since the depths of the recession seven years ago, the gains have been modest compared with previous recoveries. For example, the growth in the nation’s aggregate production of goods and services (termed “gross domestic product” or GDP) in the current recovery since the last recession has been the weakest among all post-World War II recoveries.

  • Local events offer chance to have fun, do good

    We already know the people of our county know how to present a fun, large-scale fall festival. If you didn’t, all you had to do was attend the 10th annual Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach or the 36th annual N.C. Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach earlier in October or the 37th annual Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach or the third annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ festival at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this past weekend to find out for yourself.

  • Out and about and ready for Halloween

    Every so often, when the spirit moves me, I like to take our newsroom meetings on the road if for no other reason than to get out of the office for a bit. Most of the time, we’ll meet over lunch at one of Brunswick County’s many excellent eateries to talk about coverage plans for the next edition and discuss projects we have in the works.

  • The 84-word question

    By Bud Thorsen

    Guest Columnist

    Early voting has started in our county and the future of our school system is literally a checkmark away. The school bond question is on the last page of the ballot. It is an 84-word question. It is long and complicated but meets all of the legal requirements necessary to appear on the ballot.

    As a life-long Brunswick County resident and long-time member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, I have been thinking about our future and what this bond question is really asking the citizens of our great county.