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Columns

  • Summer of the silver toes

    It’s summertime and “Jaws” stories abound.

    Before I moved to the coast more than 10 years ago, I didn’t have the same respect for the ocean as I do now. I didn’t know the intricacies of the waters and its inhabitants. It is important to take precautions with the ocean just like you do any other place.

    While I am certainly no expert now, I have learned a thing or two. One of my personal summer rules is no metallic nail polish on my toes. Well, OK, my toes are silver right now but that will change before I take a swim in the ocean.

  • Learning about guns, turkey shoots and other Southern charms one shot at a time

     I’m hardly a sharp-shooter, and most likely wont’ be an expert gunslinger anytime soon.

    And while that suits me just fine, my boyfriend insists I practice my marksmanship, for safety, of course.

    It’s not uncommon for me to find a text message on my phone alerting me to a gun purchase, or a phone call announcing a family membership to a local gun range.

  • Summer scarves not part of Brunswick beaches fashion scene

    Our beautiful Brunswick County beaches are many things—beautiful (oops, I already said that) and not to be taken for granted (though I’m afraid I often do).

    Our beaches are a subject of envy by those who can only visit and not live here permanently, like all the special people like you and me who do get to live and work here and then hardly ever find time to actually get to the beach. But that’s another column for another day.

  • Liquor, liquor everywhere but not a drop to drink

    In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama and Co. are headed to the ever-important swing state of North Carolina for the Democrat National Convention this September.

    Charlotte will play host to the DNC beginning Labor Day, and it turns out some local lawmakers are concerned about their resources during their visit to the Tar Heel State.

    It’s not security resources they’re worried about. Their venues are big enough. And there are more than enough restaurants and hotels to give Charlotte a nice little end-of-season economic boost.

  • Before digging in Sunset Beach sand, check out new ordinance—it's the law!

    It's that time of year again in Sunset Beach—expert sand castle builders Steve Goodmuth, Karen Koebel and company are back at the beach digging and creating with sand. Or trying to.

    This year, it's a little different, though.

    Earlier this year, just before the usual beach visitation crowd descends and sand-digging season heats up, Sunset Beach Town Council passed an ordinance regulating hole-digging at the beach.

    Some people thought that was silly

  • There’s some good news in Brunswick County budget, real estate

    I’m beginning to think I’m writing some of the same stories year after year. I guess I am.

    On Monday night, for the sixth time in as many years, I sat in county commissioners chambers as Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Has it really been six years?

    Six years. Where has the time gone?

    Seriously, where did it go?

    I’m not sure where the time went, but I do know that the times have changed.

  • Noun or verb, Supply covers lots of territory in Brunswick County

    It stretches across Brunswick County’s farthest reaches.

    From northern Shallotte to southern Bolivia in latitude, from eastern St. James/Oak Island/Southport to western Ash in longitude, the vast territory long known as “Supply” could well be Brunswick County’s largest city—if it was a city.

    Supply, N.C., which ballyhoos its own ZIP code—28462—is that area people usually refer to when it’s just too far out and not fitting to put a place within one of Brunswick County’s valid incorporated towns.

  • Mother's Day: What makes a mother?

    There are many ways to define a mother. Obviously, she is the woman who gave birth to you. But she is so much more than that.

    A mother is someone who protects us, guides us, loves us and teaches us.

    As I have grown into an adult, my relationship with my mother has changed. She has always been there; dependable and strong with love and patience.

  • What to expect from the upcoming short session in Raleigh

    I doubt any of you have noticed or paid particular attention to this detail, but whenever I write about the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session, I use quotation marks when using “non-controversial” as the powers-that-be like to describe it.

    Non-controversial? What does that even mean?

  • Spinner pedaling into home stretch with fab anti-flab fad

    Prior to my enrolling in the BFIT program—Better get Fit Instead of watching Television, doofus—I was just a ticking couch potato with a questionable ticker and sedentary lifestyle.

    Sure, I relished my days in front of the Today Show, Dr. Oz, the 6 and 11 o’clock news, and tapping away at the computer in between, but that was January.