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Columns

  • Can efficiency save our natural resources?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina could add 3.5 million people over the next 40 years. That’s a 40 percent jump from today’s total.

    While there are questions about where new people will live, what jobs they will have and how they will commute within the state, perhaps a bigger question is their impact on our natural resources — specifically water and energy.

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.

  • Compare health insurance plans during open enrollment

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    I am reminding North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage.

    The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15.

  • The importance of a single vote

    As much as I generally despise covering elections and politics as a whole, I can’t deny how fundamentally important the democratic process is to our community.

  • Will Medicaid reform work for you?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Medicaid is the public program assisting limited-income households with their health care expenditures. Begun in 1965, the program is jointly funded by federal and state governments. In North Carolina, the funding split is 65 percent federal money and 35 percent state money.

  • NCDOT reminds motorists to keep alert for deer

    By Kevin Lacy

    Guest Columnist

    As the temperature starts dropping and leaves start falling, another sign of the changing season is more deer along North Carolina roadways, and in turn a greater chance of a collision with a deer.

    Over the last three years (between 2012 and 2014), nearly half of the 58,372 animal-related crashes in the state took place in October through December. About 90 percent of those involved deer.

  • Lots of reasons to give and ways to show thanks
  • Medicare annual election period runs through Dec. 7

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2016.

    Take advantage of the Annual Election Period and you may be able to save money, improve your coverage or both.

  • AAA Carolinas urges buyers to beware of flood-damaged vehicles

    By Greg Pence

    Guest Columnist

     

    As cleanup from the devastating floods throughout the Carolinas continues, there’s a new hazard to consider for used car buyers. Buyers need to know how to avoid purchasing a vehicle that may look great, but could be secretly suffering from flood damage.