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Columns

  • Summer heat nothing to swoon at, but sometimes it happens

    Look at me, celebrating the Fourth of July and sunshine in Sunset Beach in red, white and blue just one day after our first (and we hope last) 2014 summer storm, aka Hurricane Arthur, blew up the Carolinas coast.

    Look at me, with my new smartphone pedometer app sauntering up Sunset Beach for a three-mile walk on one of the prettiest beaches God, with a little help from the Gores, ever invented.

  • When is the county’s 250th anniversary party?

    So I hear it’s Brunswick County’s 250th anniversary.

    Well I didn’t hear it but I did read about it — in the Wilmington paper. They seem very excited about Brunswick County’s anniversary over there in New Hanover County.

    I think they think they are going to get cake.

    And if they have enough influence, they will get to decide what flavor it will be.

    I’ve seen that move before, coming from a family with older siblings. That’s a classic move.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The 2014 short session continues to be nothing short of eventful, and we are working hard in order to accomplish our goals.

     

    Closing all coal ash ponds

    I am proud to report the Senate passed an aggressive plan for coal ash mitigation that will give North Carolina the strictest regulations on coal ash in the country and make it the first state to force closure of all coal ash ponds.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Almost daily, the question being asked by people back home is: “When will the short session be over?” It’s hard to answer, as we are pushing to finish our work, but budget negotiations are continuing.

  • Celebrating a year on the job

    By the time you read this column, my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom will have come and gone. I can’t believe it’s been a year already; time really does fly when you’re having fun.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

  • I’m almost 65 — How should I prepare for Medicare?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • When you mess up, fess up

    I wasn’t aware of the Medill F until I read a story this week about the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
    According to news reports, 30 of the 250 or so graduates received diplomas that featured an egregious spelling error. Their degrees were in “media, integrated marketing communications” — except the word “integrated” was spelled “itegrated.”

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives was Budget Week. The Senate had finished with the budget, Senate Bill 744, the previous week. It was our job in the House to review it, make our changes, and send it back to them for their agreement and approval. This budget actually consists of adjustments to the biennial budget we passed last year. We are adjusting the 2013-2015 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We have newly revised revenue projections and spending priorities. So, it was a busy week.