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Columns

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.

  • Rockin’ and rollin’ into 2017

    One of my favorite places to visit when I go back to my native Cleveland is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. I love seeing all the memorabilia, learning more about the artists and how their music shaped our culture.

    The rock hall, however, has been fraught with controversy even before it was established in 1983. Even though Cleveland was chosen as the site for it because DJ Alan Freed is credited for coining the term “rock and roll,” many believed the hall belonged in New York or Los Angeles (or even anywhere other than Cleveland).

  • A New Year, new opportunities for our retirees

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    As we head into 2017, we are reminded of the promise of a new year in which we hope to see the spirit of collaboration across party lines, regardless of the issues to be faced.

  • You decide: What should be North Carolina’s economic agenda?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    A new year is always a good time to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going. Each year, I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’ve given up on growing hair!

  • Only the best music this Christmas

    Since Nov. 1, there has been Christmas music in the air. First on my car radio, then in the office and later spread across all the radio stations and even those music channels on TV.

    But after two months of holiday cheer, we have hit the home stretch.

    Since I’m sure you've all been good boys and girls this year and are sure to have made Santa’s nice list, I want you to have the best Christmas you can this weekend.

    And to do so, you’ve got to turn off all that holiday dreck the radio pumps in.

  • From seasonal scrambling to happy holidays

    Miss me?

    Last week marked the first time since I became managing editor I didn’t have a column in the Beacon.

    Don’t worry: Nothing was wrong with me, professionally or personally (nothing out of the ordinary, anyway).

    In a crunch for space on the editorial pages of the Dec. 15 edition and pressed for time, I decided to sacrifice my designated slot to people who had more important and timelier views to share than I did. It seemed like an appropriate time for me to take a breather.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we held two special sessions in four days; we passed a $200 million disaster recovery bill; and we passed election and bureaucratic reform.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: As requested, two ways to make things better

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column “Love Trumps Hate” to try to lift spirits after Nov. 8, which concluded a bitter presidential election that disgusted so many people.

    Not long after that, both my editor and I received the exact same letter from a man urging me not to lump all Donald Trump supporters together (I didn’t, and don’t) and asked what I would recommend he do to make it better for me.

    I’ll tell him and I’ll tell you: nothing extraordinary.

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 16

    Larceny by employee at Planet Fun by allowing access to bowling lanes without paying.

    Dec. 21

    Simple physical assault by spitting on the victim.