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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a new bill dealing with coal ash cleanup, we had many visitors from hospitals, homebuilders and rural electric communities, and we had visitors concerning a Sunset Beach de-annexation bill.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed two bills out of the House Transportation Committee dealing with ferries and with light rail projects; we honored our veterans with a resolution on the House floor; and we completed the individual sections of the House budget.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we began meeting daily to work on the budget, our policy committees began meeting to approve bills for referral to the House floor and we approved several bills adjusting tax laws and unemployment insurance.

  • You decide: Will interest rates remain low?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years before Washington, D.C., and was the first city to be named after George Washington.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Recognizing, rewarding student excellence

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On Feb. 26, through executive proclamation, Gov. Pat McCrory declared April as North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month. In the proclamation, he recognized that for 53 years, North Carolina Community Colleges have opened the doors to education for millions of North Carolinians, serving about 730,000 students per year.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we received the governor’s proposed budget, we began meeting to discuss the proposed budget and establish a process timeline and we met with Republican women during their day at the legislature.

  • You decide: What’s the best timing for valuing property?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years.

    The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes.

    To fully understand why the change happened and what its implications are, we need to first step back and review property taxes.

  • Expressions of sympathy ease grief

    You know, I really believed our friend Sarah Sue Ingram would beat the cancer she had.

    Instead, it took her from us last month, barely more than 24 hours after I bought a new batch of silly greeting cards for us to sign and send to her, as she requested after she told us she was sick. It wasn’t much, but it was all she asked of us beyond our prayers and kind thoughts.

  • This is how you know it’s going to be a long night

    This week I am going to let the fine people who read this into the newsroom to experience what it is like when the day goes long and we are waiting on one more report before the paper goes to press so we can call it a day.

    It isn’t a weekly occurrence, despite the fact we’re a weekly paper, but there are days that seem to stretch into infinity and that is when the philosophical questions of our time get asked and answered — like last week, when I first proposed my unifying theory of fast-food chicken places out loud.