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Columns

  • Want to know more about elections in Brunswick? Visit www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Next week, The Brunswick Beacon will join together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to bring residents political candidate forums for some of the most hotly contested races in Brunswick County.

    We’ll be hosting forums for the towns of Carolina Shores, Calabash, Sunset Beach and Shallotte. A story in today’s Beacon will detail the forums including dates, times, locations and format.

  • Have a doggone good time this weekend with your four-legged friend

    This weekend, Brunswick County will go to the dogs.

    October seems to be the month for a variety of festivals, fundraisers and competitions, but this weekend is devoted to the canines in the county.

    Being a dog owner myself, I am brought to tears every time I see one of those commercials showing animal abuse and neglect while a sad, sentimental song plays in the background. They affect me so much, I either have to quickly change the channel or scoop up my own puppy and hold her, telling her she is loved and will never end up in that situation.

  • If you get the boot, you'll have to pay

    Darlene Dover had been soaking up beach sun on a pleasant, last Monday in September when she returned to her car parked between the Sunset Beach gazebo and fishing pier.

    Igniting the engine of her 1999 Toyota Camry, the part-time Brunswick County resident put the car in gear and attempted to drive away.

    All she got was a car that wouldn’t budge and a cacophony of metal grinding against metal.

    “I went to see if I left my chair in back,” said Dover, recalling how she got out of her car to check the problem.

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.

  • Some say Maco Light is legend, but one man says he’s seen it several times

    Some people may think the ghostly Maco Light is no more than a local legend, but Bob Johannesen believes it’s real.

    He’s seen it several times himself.

    Johannesen, who lives near Greensboro and has a home in the Holden Beach area, vividly remembers going to the Wilmington & Manchester railroad tracks in Maco (near the U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 87 intersection) several times as a kid.

  • Stand up for freedom of information, vote out those who don't

    Forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

    If you’re tired of reading about the public’s right to know, freedom of information and responsible government, you might not want to continue reading.

    But if you’re tired of irresponsible government, behind-the-scenes decision-making and shady, if not unlawful behavior, by public officials, this column might interest you.

    Here comes the broken record part—public business should always be discussed, deliberated on and decided in public.

  • Illiteracy comes home to roost

    It was a wintry day during 2001 in Pristina, Kosovo, when as an U.S. International Police Officer for the United Nations, I was dispatched to a routine call for broken windows at a high school.

    That day generated my continuing interest in education for the disadvantaged and abating the tragic effects of illiteracy right here in Brunswick County.

    Beginning in Kosovo

  • Let's get back to our roots and turn up the bluegrass

    With the popularity of the 2001 movie “O Brother Where art Thou?” came a resurgence of bluegrass and other “roots” music: songs made for singing with your family and friends on the porch at night, long before anyone knew about a recording industry or $40-a-head concerts.

    It’s similar to what happened in the 1960s when the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs wrote songs for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” and the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies,” except this time, it was more about the music than the artist.

  • What’s the story? Looking for folk tales from Brunswick County

    When writer Renee Sloan got back from covering a ghost walk in Southport for our last Island Living of the year, she knew I’d be interested.

    She shared some of the stories of the county’s coast and gave a play-by-play of what happens on the nighttime history and paranormal discussion presented by the Old South Tour and Carriage Company around downtown Southport.

  • It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game

    Oftentimes, we let competition get the best of us.

    How many times do you see athletes make an unnecessary scene when a play goes wrong or when they don’t agree with a call? (I’m talking to you, Serena.)

    How many times have you been at a community sporting event and witnessed a parent or a coach engaging in the same reprehensible behavior? How many times have you personally gotten angry, said or did things you later regret while playing a simple game?