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Columns

  • Growing tourism, slowing summer into fall

    Back in January, I wrote about my Aunt Donna and Uncle Bob Czaplinski who came down to Sunset Beach for the first time to escape two of the worst winter months back in our hometown of Cleveland. I’m pleased to report they enjoyed their time in Brunswick County so much, they’ll return again come January.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.

  • You decide: What’s behind the productivity slump?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press.

  • Meeting state legislators, including ­— finally­ — Sen. Rabon

    Beacon reporters have being covering government meetings for the past several weeks where officials have told us how a possible change to the state’s sales tax distribution method would damage our local economy, maybe irreparably.

    When the issue came up at Shallotte’s last board of aldermen meeting, we asked if any town officials were planning to take the cause to Raleigh because, if they were, we’d like to join them.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major bond proposal bill, the House Speaker responded to the Planned Parenthood controversy and we had some Brunswick County officials visit us about the proposed sales tax redistribution plan.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: After 19 weeks of trying to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bills 215 and 209, Beacon staff traveled to his office at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh on Aug. 11 to speak with him in person.

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.

  • Next time, commissioner, don’t hold back

    It is a shame about Huey Marshall. I won’t debate marijuana laws or even hazard a guess about what year North Carolina will put legalizing it on a ballot as other states are doing. He is accused of breaking the law, which is unacceptable in his position, or former position, as Brunswick County’s county attorney.

    But I can understand why he might have done it: He had to work with county commissioners, and that can be stressful. I only have to sit through a couple meetings a month and often I could use a drink afterward.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to enable the death penalty to be carried out, we had a long budget meeting for public input and we saw many bills finally moving through committees.