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Columns

  • Harsh winter temps call for hibernation

    Happy New Year, all! I rang it in by recovering from the crud that plagued many of us at the end of 2017. For me, it was a fitting conclusion to what was a mostly crummy year.

    When I pulled up to my parents’ house for the holidays, my kid brother Jim and his family weren’t there even though they’d arrived the day before.

    “They went to Target because Noah is sick,” Dad explained.

    “Well then, I know what I’m getting for Christmas,” I said.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was unusual for what was happening both inside and outside the legislative buildings. Although I had only one meeting to attend, it seemed to take two days on the calendar.

  • The answer to Brunswick County’s water wars is bubbling under the surface of BSL

    Boiling Spring Lakes, I think 2018 could be your year.

    If you haven’t noticed, your neighbors in the north end of Brunswick County have spent the past year or so freaking out about either contaminated water in the Cape Fear River and whether they should or shouldn’t drink it or whether to pull water out of the aquifers with a reverse osmosis water plant.

    And all the while, there you are BSL, watching 43 million gallons of water a day shoot out of the ground.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee: A report to the community

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In fall semester 2017, Brunswick Community College launched the Brunswick Guarantee (BG), a scholarship program funded by Brunswick County to provide free in-state tuition, fees and books ($750 per semester) to qualified high school graduates from Brunswick County public, private, or home schools. Commissioners approved funding the initiative until June 30, 2020, with a maximum investment not to exceed $200,000 per year.

  • You decide: Is North Carolina’s economic shift complete?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    In a few weeks, I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my job interview at North Carolina State University. I had left a snow-covered Ithaca, N.Y., home of Cornell University where I was finishing my Ph.D., and exited the plane on the tarmac (yes, airline passengers did that in the good ol’ days) at RDU Airport. It was bright and sunny and 70 degrees. I thought to myself. “I could get used to this!”

  • Officials should resolve to read our newspaper

    When I was going through Leadership Brunswick County, presenters told us about the goings-on in the organizations they represent. Without exception, every event and development they described had already been reported in the pages of this newspaper. As the editor, it made me proud to know our news team has its finger on the pulse of our community.

  • Seasonal sickness is a cruddy thing to deal with

    It started with a twinge, then the tickle of a noxious feather at the back of my throat.

    Like most people, I survived Thanksgiving without overdosing on turkey or hanging out with germy people. So I thought.

    But promptly on the following back-to-work Monday, everything started to change.

    I tried chasing the obnoxious thing with assorted liquids and Campbell’s Homestyle Chicken Noodle soup to no avail.

  • Where do Brunswick County’s homeless go in rainy, cold weather?

    The Rev. Donna Phelps

    Guest Columnist

    It’s raining and where do I go?

    This question came to mind today as I watched the rain pour down my windshield in the old Streetreach van. To be honest, the elements won’t be a walk in the park, but everyone has walked in the rain at some point. It’s natural. From the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor, the rain lands on everyone’s head from time to time.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seemed as if we were in session the last four weeks in Raleigh, with committees meeting every few days. Since Thanksgiving, I have had meetings on transportation, education, river water quality and other environmental issues.

  • Kindness may be the easiest gift to give

    Our friends at Paws-Ability honored me again by asking me to judge the essays students wrote upon completion of the Pet Education Program, this time at Supply Elementary School. More than 100 fourth-graders from five classes penned essays detailing what they learned and enjoyed most about the program.

    What I enjoyed most was reading each one of them. Some were extra creative and several were touching. I had a difficult time choosing the winners.