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Columns

  • Funding cuts reduce juvenile diversion, dropout prevention programs

    By Bonnie Jordan

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick County Schools recently notified Communities In Schools that funding to support CIS programs was being reduced for the coming school year by 44 percent.

    With less than 90 days until the new school year begins, this leaves the Action for Success Dropout Prevention program facing staff reductions, thereby reducing the number of students served, as well as decreasing the range of services provided.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House of Representatives was busy last week. We honored a beloved deceased former member of the House, we passed a major regulatory reform bill and we had a special House page helping us for the week.

    While the full Appropriations Committee chairs and top leaders from the House and Senate put the finishing touches on the 2017-19 state budget, both chambers got busy on the bills that remain to be handled. We were assured we were close to having a final budget on which to vote this week.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we worked into the night in budget conference meetings with the Senate, we debated and passed a controversial gun bill, and we passed an energy bill almost unanimously.

  • Education lottery offers chance to ‘dream a little’

    By Alice Garland

    Guest Columnist

    Perhaps it’s a dream of doing something fun, learning to scuba dive or going to Disney World. Maybe it’s a desire to help someone, paying for a new kitchen for your mother or donating to a good cause. Or it could be giving someone the gift of education.

    Over and over again, when you talk to someone about why they play the lottery, they mention they have fun thinking about what they would do if they win. They talk about their dreams.

  • You decide: Are changes ahead for state pensions?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife has now been retired for 10 years. She taught elementary school for 32 years, usually putting in 12- to 14-hour days when classroom time, after school grading and lesson plans are included. She was a teacher for so long that many times she taught the children of former students. She took pride in the accomplishments of her pupils, and even today is thrilled to see some of them — of various ages — about town.

  • Give me a break, please — not the brakes

    Hello, again! I’m back from my week-long column hiatus, which was prompted by two reasons.

    1. I was recovering from a root canal — only my second ever, but on the same tooth, and it didn’t go as well as the first. I’ll leave it at that.

  • On Campus with BCC: Celebrating the college’s best day of the year

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Commencement ceremonies are community celebrations characterized by applause, whistles, hugs and flowers. Family, friends, teachers, and peers recognize milestone achievements of loved ones and honor outstanding accomplishments of select students, teachers and educational leaders.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we spent almost every waking hour on the 2017-19 state budget, we handled about 100 amendments to the budget and approved the House budget in the early hours Friday morning, June 2.

  • Ask me about my vacation scar

    During our last chat, right around Mother’s Day, I wrote about my dad and baseball.

    Because I believe in equal time, today I am writing about Mom, with a little more about baseball, but more about what she has had to put up with.

    The stories Mom gets included in, as you’ll soon find out, tend to end in bloodshed.

    Back in my not-so-Little League days, it was Mom who ran my sisters and me to all our practices and games.

  • Kindness is an invaluable lesson for local students

    Last Thursday morning, May 25, I had the privilege of participating in the morning assembly at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School celebrating the completion of another successful Pet Education Program (PEP) by three classes of fourth-graders.

    The program is offered through Paws-Ability, a nonprofit that raises funds for animal causes and advocates for the humane treatment of animals in Brunswick County.