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Columns

  • Spoiler alert: It’s all about finding salvation six years after getting ‘Lost’

    Six years ago a plane crashed on an island, and Americans became hooked.
    Over the next six years we watched 48 “Lost” survivors struggle to make amends with their past lives and make sense of their new lives and surroundings.
    They began their lives on the island in tiny shelters built from driftwood and tree branches. Over the years, they moved throughout the island hoping for rescue.

  • Immigration interview provides chance to walk down memory lane

    Have you ever seen the movie, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds?

    In the film Bullock plays an editor-in-chief for a book publishing company in New York. When she learns she is about to be deported back to her homeland in Canada, she talks her assistant into marrying her so she can remain in the United States.

    True to Hollywood writing, through hijinks and other adventures, the two actually fall in love and by the end of the movie, their relationship is real.

  • Civitas poll: Rabon leads Redwine, McIntyre over Pantano, and drill baby, drill

    A recent Civitas Institute poll conducted by Survey USA and released May 24, sheds some light on how voters in the N.C. State Senate 8th District, which includes Brunswick County, feel about the political environment.

    According to the survey results, which polled 350 eligible voters May 15-17, and has a 4.9 percent margin of error, 69 percent of voters polled said they are certain they will vote in November’s General Election. Another 10 percent say they are very likely to vote.

  • What was once ‘outrageous’ soon becomes cute and quaint

    It’s funny the way the public perceives elements of popular culture changes over time.

    As a child, I hated “hippie” style music because it seemed so dated. Instead, I enjoyed dancing to disco. Then, when that became passé, I began to sit down and enjoy “hippie” music and folk-rock, because it was once again popular.

  • Little lockboxes and a whole lot of trust from small businesses in Brunswick County

    The first time I saw it, I was on my way to a northeastern part of the county.

    My husband had seen it before me. He couldn’t believe it and he wanted me to see it too.

    “Check this out,” he said, pulling into a small produce stand off a busy road.

    We got out of the car and walked over. No one was there, but there was plenty of seasonal produce available. Nearby was a locked box. There was a sign directing people to insert payment into the box.

    “An honor box?” I asked, bewildered.

  • Students free to be who they want to be in Jessie Mae art class

    Although I have always had an appreciation for art itself, it was one medium beyond my capabilities. Artwork for me never amounted to much more than a doodle of a flower in my notebook or bubble letters scrawled across the brown paper bag wrapped loosely around my algebra textbook.

  • Homeless man had local roots

    When Phillip Riley died in mid-March, he was homeless, living mostly in the woods and relying on the kindness of strangers who gave him food, clothing, a sleeping bag and a Bible.

    Cookie Weber of Longs, S.C., befriended the 47-year-old man after he started showing up for free meals at her South Carolina church, Little River United Methodist, just across the state line.

  • Surf It, Save It: N.C. Aquarium to present its first surf festival June 5-6

    Ever watch a surfing documentary like “Endless Summer” or even a silly beach party movie like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and wonder what it would be like to surf the big waves? Are you a local surfer who would love to know more about the history and culture of the sport?

    I’ve spent most of my summers in or near the ocean, but I’ve never quite had the guts to stand on a board. (Boogie boarding beats me up enough.) It’s a beautiful sport to watch, though, and someday, I’ll get the nerve to give it a try.

  • Another life cut too short by drunk driving in Brunswick

    Last Friday night, one woman’s life ended much too early. Her life was full of promise and talent. A bright, friendly person, she touched the lives of many.
    Now Satu Harris’s life has been cut short—the result of an inexcusable act. Satu was killed by a drunk driver.
    I first met Satu when she was a student, working nights at Bogey’s restaurant on Oak Island. I had dinner with my family at Bogey’s several times a month.

  • Brunswick residents share tales of heartache for animal companions

    Some Brunswick County animal lovers are grieving after beloved animals were hurt, and in one case died, right before their eyes.

    Last week, Shallotte Point resident Bill Alexander wrote telling the horrible tale of what happened to his little dog Sable. The 13-pound pooch had been a beloved member of the Alexander family for about eight years.

    Last week, on a Sunday afternoon, Bill and Sable were standing at the end of his driveway. Sable was on a leash, which Bill was holding.