• Garbage-line delay raises a stink in Carolina Shores

    You know the Thanksgiving holiday is over when:

    1. The turkey platter is picked clean.
    2. Garbage and weekend yard-debris bags are full and piling up.
    3. The traffic line at the Carolina Shores recycle center is backed up Monday morning with residents waiting to dispose of those aforementioned bags.

    This is not a multiple-choice quiz. All of the above is correct.

  • Business, a needed break and busy-ness

    Last week, I asked readers to share what types of retail businesses they’d like to see here in Brunswick County that don’t already exist. My list includes Target; menswear, sportswear and plus-sized women’s clothing stores; a lingerie shop that carries a variety of sizes and foundations and caters to women who have had mastectomies and breast reconstruction; a fine wine and beer shop; and a sporting goods store.

    Among the other suggestions I received are:

    ·      A toy store

  • There’s still time to select a 2015 Medicare drug plan

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the staff of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are reminding Medicare beneficiaries of a very important deadline.

    The Annual Election Period to review, compare and choose Medicare prescription drug coverage ends Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to call SHIIP at (855) 408-1212 or (800) MEDICARE for free and unbiased help in choosing a drug plan.

  • The joy of giving, the ordeal of getting

    There’s always so much ado about Black Friday, that maddening day-after-Thanksgiving tradition when people practically trample each other in the quest to claim the best pre-Christmas shopping bargains and when retailers hope the frenzy results in a significantly boosted bottom line by the end of the year.

  • Technology has replaced maturity for me

    I realized recently I hit the two-year mark here in Brunswick County and was thinking about writing about how in a mere eight years, give or take a few, I will no longer be looked at like a stranger who wandered into town.

    But then I had to do some thinking about how can I become a responsible citizen of Brunswick County by 2022 if I still haven’t become responsible.

    I came to this thought provoking realization the other day when my water was shut off.

  • Support Small Business Saturday

    By Gregg Thomspon

    Guest Columnist


    Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions.

  • Notes from a human traffic cone
  • Tough times prompt early Thanksgiving, pair of requests

    There’s nothing like a tough couple of weeks to remind you of what you value most in others and in life. Even though Thanksgiving’s two weeks away, here’s why I’m celebrating a little bit every day from now on.

  • Bonkers for bacon? You are not alone

    When I recently espied the can of Betty Crocker Maple Bacon Frosting at the grocery store, my first reaction was to recoil in horror.

    Does Miss Betty, assuming she’s an actual person, which I doubt, really intend for us to eat bacon with our cake? Bacon and pancakes hydrated with syrup, I’ve always voted yes. But bacon with cupcakes are a no-go.

  • As of Nov. 1 , winter has arrived

    “Aren’t you cold?”

    I heard that question at least twice Saturday, making Nov. 1 the unofficial/official start of winter.

    I went to the Riverwalk Park at Belville to see how the barbecuing was going at the Bikes Boots and BBQ festival.

    Unfortunately, the event was rained out due to the downpours that hit early Saturday morning.