• Help me help you help us

    Every week, without fail, I get dozens of emails that start out, “Can you publish this in your next edition?”
    More often than not, the answer is yes — if the email gets to me, and gets to me in time.
    If the email doesn’t get to me in time, the answer isn’t as certain. And any time my answer is no, it disappoints me as much as it does the senders. One “no” is one too many, but I’m even more beholden to deadlines than they are.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    As budget negotiations have ended, the Senate has shifted focus to other initiatives that will benefit the state. The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that provides more economic development tools that will create jobs in North Carolina. The bill, which continues the Job Development Investment Grants program (JDIG) for three years, provides sufficient funds to recruit major employers to the state. Here are some highlights of the economic development bill:

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to move 2016 primary elections to March 15, we passed the economic incentives bill and we passed a major reorganization of Medicaid.

  • Creating opportunity on campus at BCC

    By Elina DiCostanzo

    Guest Columnist

  • All it takes is one good person

    By now, Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the United States has come to an end, but I for one hope the impact of it will linger.

  • ONDBEAT: Weekly coloring sessions soothe adult souls

    They’ve been showing up in droves, maxing out space at Hickmans Crossroads Library and lingering substantially longer than the official hour-long session.

    Coloring books and Crayolas aren’t just for kids anymore, as the library’s weekly adult coloring series has shown.

    Since launching Aug. 25 at the library on Calabash Road near Hickmans Crossroads, the Tuesday morning gatherings are attracting an array of non-children of assorted ages who love to color.

  • What to do when life is rough

    Before I launch into this week’s column, I want to recognize the driver who ran me off U.S. 17 while I was on my way to work last Thursday.

  • Dashcam, body camera footage policy explained

    By Sheriff John Ingram

    Guest Columnist

    In last week’s edition of the Brunswick Beacon, the editorial board provided its view on releasing dash and body camera video footage in the wake of officer-involved shootings and alleged police brutality cases throughout our country.

  • District residents share concerns

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    After traveling across the 7th District during August, it’s clear we share many of the same concerns — especially when it comes to the Obama Administration’s so-called Iran “deal.”

    As you know, Iran has publicly stated its goals of wiping Israel from the face of the Earth while the chant “Death to America” can be heard loud and clear from its public squares. Unfortunately, it has a substantial history of actions that prove its commitment to both goals.

  • Road trip your way to happiness, if only for a weekend

    Oh, college football, how I missed you.

    It’s great to have a sane, or plausible, reason to sit in one place and watch TV from sunup until well past sundown … wait, that’s the reason to get Netflix.

    The real reason to love college football is that its true purpose is to provide an excuse for a road trip.

    Obviously you can get in your car and drive off any time you want, but your relatives are going to call it running away from your problems.