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Columns

  • Don’t put off preparing for the worst

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    When I prepare wills and other advance directives for clients, they often mention how long they have been putting off this task. Even as an attorney, I long procrastinated on preparing these documents for myself. It’s nobody’s idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon. But one excuse people often use to avoid this task needs to be addressed because it’s based on a faulty assumption.

  • You decide: Frequently asked national debt questions

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on: What is the country going to do about the national debt? I certainly understand the concern with the national debt now more than $20 trillion, and no end in sight. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the national debt will rise to more than $90 trillion by 2047.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    With the North Carolina General Assembly being officially out of session, all our time is spent in committee meetings and events both in Raleigh and back in our home districts.

    Last week I attended plenty of both. We met with our transportation oversight committee in Raleigh and I had meetings with groups and individuals in all parts of our district in Brunswick County.

  • Behold barbecue’s potential power as a political unifying force

    Munchies, an online channel for the website Vice, tweeted Sunday, “Why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? http://bit.ly/2ETQqvW”

    Within less than 24 hours, it generated enough heat to roast a whole hog in a matter of minutes.

    The author of the original piece, Nicholas Gill, told Buzzfeed the photo that keeps accompanying his 2014 story doesn’t really represent “Brooklyn barbecue” but rather its aesthetic.

    What it looks like to me is a plate of sadness, not barbecue as we know it here in the South.

  • The only perfect place for one-stop early voting is on the phone in my pocket

    I attended a Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting a couple weeks ago when the board was struggling with finding a new location for the one-stop early voting site in the Leland area since they couldn’t use a Leland building again this year.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Community College’s hidden gem

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Residents of Brunswick County readily identify and enjoy the wonderful resources associated with living in an active beach community. The locale’s waterways, beaches, sports fishing, golf courses, senior services and personal enrichment activities are available and highly visible for our citizenry. However, the county also holds a multitude of hidden gems that may not be noticed by the general public.

  • Beacon nets seven 2017 N.C. Press Association awards
  • You decide: Will direct flight to China boost N.C. economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My first long distance trip outside my hometown of Cincinnati was to West Virginia by train. Although my memory is fuzzy (this was in the 1950s) it wasn’t a luxury train. In fact, I don’t even remember a meal car. I don’t think I cared. I was mesmerized by watching the scenery go by, especially the hills and valleys of the Mountain State.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we were not in session, but we had many committee meetings in Raleigh, two of which I am a member.

  • The Beacon moves to new press plant in Charleston, S.C.

    Something’s different about your Beacon this week, but it’s so subtle you may not be able to figure out what it is.

    I’ll go ahead and tell you: The pages are a smidgen shorter but a skosh wider.

    Something else has changed, too: What’s printed on the pages should be much crisper and easier to read.

    Want more good news?

    Although our community news deadline remains noon Thursdays, we expect to work through our backlog of submissions much more quickly — and soon.