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Columns

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.

  • It’s time to bask in nature’s serenity

    You might think after nearly three years of living in Brunswick County I’d be thoroughly acclimated to its environment and the animals that call it home, particularly inland, but you would be mistaken.

    Also, if you’re heading up U.S. 17 at a pretty good clip and get stuck behind a blue car doing the speed limit because its driver is craning her neck to gawk at an egret fishing in a ditch full of water along the shoulder, I apologize in advance.

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • An editor’s note, as requested

    About three weeks ago, I received a voice mail message from a man who called to complain about a letter to the editor published in our April 14 edition.

    The letter writer, Sunset Beach resident John Sams, thinks Sunset Beach Town Council spends taxpayer money unwisely and pointed to a $190,000 lump-sum settlement the town accepted April 4 from engineering firm Withers & Ravenel as an example.

  • Stars showed how to be the coolest person alive

    There have been exactly three times in my life when I knew I had to have been the coolest person alive. All of them had to do with music.

    The first was when my godfather bought me Michael Jackson’s album, “Off the Wall” as a gift. I was the first of my friends to get it and I quickly became the envy of my second-grade class.

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • You decide: How can we boost economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger.

  • 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.