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Columns

  • An addiction recovery center for women? How you can help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, we are committed to helping men suffering from the disease of addiction reclaim their lives. Ours is a 12-week, no-cost, in-patient program that includes a whole lot of hope, love and encouragement.

    And God. Heaping big portions of God.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was another week of committee meetings at the North Carolina General Assembly, as well as community events and meetings. I had two transportation committees and two other transportation events, and other civic and veterans’ events.

  • You decide: Can debates over tax changes be resolved?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Few issues generate more discussion and debate than taxes. For example, my 90-year-old uncle is a quiet man, but a mention of taxes will set him to grumbling and complaining for almost an hour!

  • Passionate people, compassionate community

    With all the letters to the editor we had in last week’s edition— 20 of ‘em — it felt like an early Christmas gift to me.

    It wasn’t because all those letters left no room for my column and, therefore, a little less work for me. No, it was because it reminded me how passionate Beacon readers are about this community we call home. You care enough to share your opinions publicly, and that makes me happy.

  • Five years in, five to go to 'Who are you again?'

    I met Leland’s new tourism and marketing coordinator, Jackie Harlow, who joined the town staff in October, just last week.

    She said she had lived in Wilmington about 10 years before taking the new position and is considering a move across the bridge into Brunswick County to go with her new job.

    I appreciated what she was considering giving up, that she was, so very, very close to reaching the tipping point where she was no longer new to the area and could almost be considered a part of her community.

  • Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

    Here I am (again), stuck in the middle with you (with apologies to the late Gerry Rafferty).

    So, yes, it’s true: While Halloween is my favorite holiday, I’m not only deathly allergic to raw pumpkin but I also have coulrophobia.

    And I cherish my coworkers, but not when they prey upon my fear of clowns.

    I was back in Cleveland the other weekend for my cousin’s wedding. That, coupled with the abundance of letters to the editor and guest columns we received, is why there was no column from me in last week’s edition.

  • Recovering from illness as flu season kicks off

    Hello again! I took last week off from column writing for two reasons:

    One, we had eight letters to the editor plus guest columns that left no space for my column.

    Two., I was still recovering from a mystery illness that robbed me of the previous weekend. My parents thought I sounded so sick, they alerted my kid brother to come down from Wilmington and take me to the nearest emergency room, believing I was too weak to put up a fight. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • In remembrance of my lifelong friend, Nikki Smith

    I thought by now it might be easier for me to write that my friend, Nikki Smith, died suddenly the night of Sept. 9 of complications from a chronic brain disorder.

    It isn’t.

    What comes much more naturally is telling the world about the light she brought into my life.

    Nikki and I first met when we were second-graders in Mrs. Dottie Saffer’s class at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School. I can’t recall many details from that year, but I remember Nikki went out of her way to be my friend.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 30

    Misdemeanor larceny of a bicycle worth $135 from the front yard of a Brooks Court residence.

    Dec. 31

    Felony larceny by removing the anti-theft device from a $128 drill kit to steal it from Wal-Mart on Main Street.