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Columns

  • Moods change with the weather, but it gives us something to talk about

    Just when you thought it was spring, a blanket of blustery chill descends, the central heat kicks on, and you have to get back under a blanket (as I sit writing this under my faux-fur blankie, the one I’ve been carrying around with me since November).

  • Pedal The Beach: Foot power to propel the act of hand-to-mouth

    While the stock market certainly soared last week and the overall economy has improved, the struggle continues for many Brunswick County residents.
    That’s why the Pedal The Beach charity bike ride and festival are important.
    The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall.
    Organizers promise plenty of fun, and all proceeds benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council’s Food Pantry and emergency-aid programs.

  • Adios, Farewell, Hugs

    It is time to say good-bye.

    I’m not leaving Brunswick County—I’m just beginning a new chapter in my career.

    After nearly a decade of chasing the next big story, I am trading in my reporter’s notebook and pen to transition into a new phase.

    As I look back over the career that chose me—I never planned to be a journalist—I have many favorite memories, fond experiences and special relationships I will forever cherish.

  • Re-start the death penalty but only when there’s proof

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Interim Editor

  • Need help with spring de-cluttering? Call a Marine

    My Marine son thinks I should keep things simple.

    “I don’t need a lot of material possessions,” Sgt. Alex once remarked during a visit to my coastal cottage filled to the gills with too much stuff.

    This remark came from a mature young man who, as a boy, had constant visions of owning his own TV and video games, FAO Schwarz and Discovery Channel stores, etc., etc., etc. I don’t know where he got that from.

  • The secret to Lawing’s success: Scheduling before instead of after

    I knew County Manager Marty Lawing was a goner the moment I heard his new employers, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, voted at 1 a.m. to offer him their county manager job.

    Now, I’m not from Guilford County, I’ve never covered Guilford County government, I don’t personally know anyone on the Guilford County board or anyone at all from Guilford County, so I’m going on a gut feeling here.

  • Spring invasion under way; time to get rid of cabin fever

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Interim Editor

    The invasion has already started and will be full-fledged by this weekend.

    No, it’s not the invasion by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Gerry and The Pacemakers.

    For those of us who welcomed that British invasion, pacemakers means something entirely different now, as in medical equipment placed in the chest that helps keep some of our friends alive. It used to mean those who set the pace.

  • News editor’s latest newspaper gig is on a familiar beat

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Interim News Editor

  • Pollen is a precursor; change is in the air

    This week winter is officially over. I couldn’t be more excited as spring is in the air. The signs of change are everywhere. Daffodils have been popping up all over the place decorating the landscape with their brilliant shades of yellow. Cars are coated in the murky yellowish-green haze of pollen.

    Gone are winter hats and scarves—well, almost. Restaurants and businesses around the beach towns have reopened for the season.

  • The last of ‘Stet Happens,’ from my desk to you, farewell

    Well, this is it.

    By the time this newspaper reaches your hands, I’ll have boxed up much of the stuff in my office, passed on as many instructions and how-to’s as I can, and will be counting down the hours until I walk out of the Beacon office for the last time Friday.

    It’s hard to believe this journey, a newspaper career that has spanned countless hours for almost 15 years, is going to be over.