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Columns

  • Why there’s newsprint on my forehead

    There’s a remarkably accurate website out there called www.stuffjournalistslike.com, which features a growing list of, yes, stuff journalists like.

    No. 4 on the list, behind free food (I can’t argue with that ranking), is editors. Here’s the lead of the entry:

    “Superheroes have their mentors. Felons have probation officers.

    “Editors are a little of both.”

  • Factual errors are embarrassing — and unacceptable

    I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later, but I screwed up.

    I was planning this week to expound on why I’m calling my weekly column “Newsprint on my forehead,” but it’s much more important right now to instead explain why I’ve got egg on my face.

    Somehow or another, I got my signals crossed and inadvertently plugged a factual error into last week’s editorial.

  • "Your" going to get a wordy message out of this column

    We already know texting and driving is a bad idea.

    Lately, I’ve seen a number of vehicles sporting little magnets conveying that sentiment, which is a good thing. Please don’t text and drive, and please don’t text and drive drunk, either.

    These days, texting, emailing and Facebooking in and of themselves are mixed bags as well — there are both good and bad things about them.

  • Having a driver's license is a privilege, not a right

    I had my first encounter with a local law enforcement officer on my way home from work the other night when I came upon a driver’s license checkpoint on Old Georgetown Road.

  • Take care to avoid heat stroke, sunburn this summer

    I believe I’m as happy as anyone that the sun has started making regular appearances here again. Summer storms are to be expected just about anywhere in the Carolinas, but those recent days upon days of gloomy dark rain, not to mention the flooding they brought, were getting to be too much even for this Cleveland native.

  • The unconditional love between a human and animal

    One of our stories that touched my heart was that of Jimmy, the dog who went missing during his caregivers’ visit to Shallotte a few weeks ago. I’m holding out hope he is OK and will eventually be reunited with his family.

  • Standing ready to answer questions

    I’ve been told I’m a generally easygoing person, someone who can roll with all the punches journalism brings.

    The very nature of the news means we — those of us in the business who serve in the trenches — work when news happens. That’s true regardless of whether you’re in television, online or print media, and if you’re in print it doesn’t matter whether you’re at a weekly or daily. It always means adapting when plans change or fall through.

  • Slowly but surely making the rounds

    It’s taking me awhile, but I’m starting to put faces with the names of the people who run Brunswick County, from government and civic leaders to residents and readers.

    Some people I managed to meet right off the bat, when they dropped by my office here on Smith Avenue to introduce themselves. Others I’m meeting in passing as I go about living my life off the clock (but always as the managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon).

  • Footloose on the job: Working it at work

    Less than two months on the job, and already I’ve been busted twice doing something in my office a managing editor probably shouldn’t be doing, even after hours: Dancing.

    The first time, it was by our cleaning crew who caught me jamming at my desk to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove.” What can I say? I mean, the invitation’s in the title of the song, and sometimes I take direction really well.

  • Not a Brunswick County local...just yet

    I received some jarring news earlier this week, and it’s caused me to take a hard look at my life.

    At least one person in this county, possibly two, think I can no longer say I’m not from here, that having lived here for nine months is time enough to have assimilated.

    Now I’m not from here, but I don’t believe for a second that it is that quick and easy to blend into any new location, even Brunswick County.