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Columns

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • You decide: Are there easy answers to key economic questions?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news.

  • Reviews conjure the spirit of sassy school days

    It’s the time of the year here at the Beacon for annual performance reviews. No matter whether I’m the person giving or receiving one, good or bad, I find the whole process nerve-wracking. I have the best boss in the world in Angie Sutton, but every time I got into her office and have to shut the door behind me, I get knots in my stomach and feel like I’m having a flashback to my 12 years in Catholic school.

  • 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 General Assembly: We had almost 200 additional bills introduced in the House of Representatives alone; we passed a major property insurance reform bill and saw the House and Senate agree on a major transportation funding bill.

  • Welcome home, Vietnam veterans

    By Gary G. Crowden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Officially, the date of the observance is March 30 –– as decreed by the U.S. Senate –– a time to honor all who served honorably and bravely in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and elsewhere in the Southeast Asia war zone.

  • Springtime should bring better moods

    Thank goodness spring is here! I may be from Cleveland, but I’m not immune to the winter blues. It seemed as though the gloomy, bitter cold would never leave and the occasional warm, sunny days we experienced — just long enough to trigger sinus pressure and body aches — were cruel teases. While dreary, miserable conditions are the norm for the season back in my hometown, I didn’t expect them to linger in Brunswick County for so long.

  • Economic, environmental impact on the half-shell

    By Eric Johnson

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we filed many new bills, as we were catching up from the February weeks we lost to weather; we had visits from many towns and cities, as well as agriculture groups and electric membership corporations; and we continued to work on transportation funding and economic incentives.

  • Walk toward the light, embrace the sunshine

    The forecast calls for more rain this week, but Monday’s beautiful weather was an excellent way to start Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government. As for me, I kicked off the week by giving a very brief presentation during Carolina Shores’ Sunshine Week open house Monday.