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Columns

  • Before digging in Sunset Beach sand, check out new ordinance—it's the law!

    It's that time of year again in Sunset Beach—expert sand castle builders Steve Goodmuth, Karen Koebel and company are back at the beach digging and creating with sand. Or trying to.

    This year, it's a little different, though.

    Earlier this year, just before the usual beach visitation crowd descends and sand-digging season heats up, Sunset Beach Town Council passed an ordinance regulating hole-digging at the beach.

    Some people thought that was silly

  • There’s some good news in Brunswick County budget, real estate

    I’m beginning to think I’m writing some of the same stories year after year. I guess I am.

    On Monday night, for the sixth time in as many years, I sat in county commissioners chambers as Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Has it really been six years?

    Six years. Where has the time gone?

    Seriously, where did it go?

    I’m not sure where the time went, but I do know that the times have changed.

  • Noun or verb, Supply covers lots of territory in Brunswick County

    It stretches across Brunswick County’s farthest reaches.

    From northern Shallotte to southern Bolivia in latitude, from eastern St. James/Oak Island/Southport to western Ash in longitude, the vast territory long known as “Supply” could well be Brunswick County’s largest city—if it was a city.

    Supply, N.C., which ballyhoos its own ZIP code—28462—is that area people usually refer to when it’s just too far out and not fitting to put a place within one of Brunswick County’s valid incorporated towns.

  • Mother's Day: What makes a mother?

    There are many ways to define a mother. Obviously, she is the woman who gave birth to you. But she is so much more than that.

    A mother is someone who protects us, guides us, loves us and teaches us.

    As I have grown into an adult, my relationship with my mother has changed. She has always been there; dependable and strong with love and patience.

  • What to expect from the upcoming short session in Raleigh

    I doubt any of you have noticed or paid particular attention to this detail, but whenever I write about the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session, I use quotation marks when using “non-controversial” as the powers-that-be like to describe it.

    Non-controversial? What does that even mean?

  • Spinner pedaling into home stretch with fab anti-flab fad

    Prior to my enrolling in the BFIT program—Better get Fit Instead of watching Television, doofus—I was just a ticking couch potato with a questionable ticker and sedentary lifestyle.

    Sure, I relished my days in front of the Today Show, Dr. Oz, the 6 and 11 o’clock news, and tapping away at the computer in between, but that was January.

  • U.S. Army National Guard: Protecting us here at home and abroad in combat

    Do y’all have any idea how fortunate we are to have such a capable National Guard to protect us?

    While they’re often overlooked in terms of the different branches of the military service, the National Guard, under the umbrella of the U.S. Army, plays a critical role in protecting the homeland—both here at home and overseas in combat.

    Natural disaster? They’re here. Combat overseas? They’re there, too.

  • The mullet law: Are you abiding?

    Is every one in the state of North Carolina going to cut their hair into the same style?

    If so I vote for the mullet. It’s a hairstyle both men and women wear.  It appears pretty easy to maintain—no fuss and no frills. It’s short on top and the sides but long in the back. Business in the front, party in the back, people say.

    The haircut could become like the state bird only it would be the state hairdo: the mullet. We can all look like Joe Dirt.

  • Reality show freaks make the rest of us feel like neat freaks

    When it comes to spring cleaning and scrubbing and organizing my domain, I’d rather be chilling out watching “Hoarders.”

    It’s another one of those ingenious reality shows, airing several times on Monday nights on A&E TV, that can make us feel really special and good about ourselves.

    I mean, how can my cluttered little corner of the world compare to Barbara, who “trolls for stuff in alleyways and dumpsters,” to add to the hoarding pile in her million-dollar home where “neighbors look on in disgust”?

  • This laundry tip is for the birds

    In my last column, I mentioned my laundry was piling up; so was my housework because it is the time of year when I can’t think of spending a waking moment anywhere else other than the beach.

    The powers that be must have seen my mounting pile of laundry and decided to give me a rainy Saturday where I didn’t feel the pull to be outside.

    When I awoke I knew immediately from the pitter-patter sounds on my windowsill that I would not be spending a lazy day on the beach soaking in the sun, searching for sea treasures and walking the shoreline.