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Columns

  • Local events, attendance demonstrate caring

    First off this week, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Beacon’s inaugural Outdoor Living Show a success this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and learned more about some of the local businesses and civic organizations that support our community — and maybe gained inspiration for home improvements and to get involved in the groups that make Brunswick County great.

  • District 17 House update

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we continued to negotiate the 2015-17 state budget, we passed a bill to prevent stalking by GPS and we sent a bill to move the 2016 presidential primary date bill to a conference committee.

    As the Raleigh weather turned hot again last week, the budget negotiations also heated up. The appropriations committees in charge of the different parts of the budget were addressing their final provisions and the finance chairmen were still discussing the tax package.

  • LCAC nurtures community of artists, learners

     

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Journalists always at risk of becoming news

    Until Aug. 26, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, it counted 39 deaths of journalists around the world in 2015 in countries like Syria, Yemen and France.

    But last Wednesday morning, the people working at WDBJ-TV experienced the horror of seeing two of their coworkers shot to death and a woman seriously injured on live television outside Smith Mountain Lake, Va., near Roanoke.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

     

    This summer, I was most fortunate to accompany the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Economic and Workforce Development Team to a business roundtable at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

    Karen Sphar, the chamber’s executive vice president, invited the college to discuss with local business and industry owners “how the community could foster a more entrepreneurial friendly atmosphere.” There were more than 30 attendees.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed an extension of the budget deadline of Aug. 31; we passed a bill to regulate Uber and other transportation network companies; we passed a bill to provide more directional highway signs; and we had a couple of high public officials visit Brunswick County.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Budget

  • North Carolina versus South Carolina: Which is economic winner?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina and South Carolina were once one — one colony that is — prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s — historians differ on exactly when — the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two states. There has been a rivalry ever since.

  • Resident teaches old squirrel new saxophone tricks

    Things were starting to get squirrelly in John Goss’ backyard.

    It was obvious the day Sammy, one of the black-and-gray fox squirrels that reside at Sandpiper Golf & Country Club, showed up at Goss’ home overlooking the first hole of the community’s Piper course.

    “I started seeing the squirrel here, so I started putting peanuts in the yard,” said the former U.S. Department of Defense employee, who has been retired for 20 years, the past 13 of them in Sunset Beach.