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Columns

  • More critters of summer—rats are roaming uninvited at the beach

    Rats at the beach?!

    Now I know I’ve heard everything when I hear uninvited rats are cruising and bruising our pristine beaches.

    Then again, when are rats ever invited to the beach—or anywhere, for that matter? Obviously, they decided to invite themselves.

  • Justice for Jaronn: Questioning how and why

     

    As a reporter I am used to asking questions. Sometimes the answers are obvious and other times they are hidden.

    This Sunday evening before the Fourth of July, I have one question that has plagued me since March 1 when I first found out a 3-year-old child had been dropped off at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center and died shortly after.

    How could anyone kill a 3-year-old child?

    I just don’t understand.

  • Will SCOTUS healthcare ruling be the end of Obama(care) era?

    I’m beginning to understand why our fearless leader President Barack Obama doesn’t think too highly of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    I used to think Obama simply dislikes anyone with the audacity to disagree with him, but now, oh wait, no, that is all it is.

    He really detests when people oppose him or his ideas, especially, it seems, if they wear a robe.

    Maybe he always wanted to be in their elite legal club. Who knows?

  • Playing possum is not a good, at-home game, even with Magic Mesh

    I type with trepidation early this morning in my Little River, S.C., living room, the back screened-porch door cautiously open to the sounds of light rain and a crow cawing in the distance for his breakfast.

    Things just haven’t been the same since I got lured in by my new Magic Mesh instant screen door, one of those As-Seen-On-TV miracle products that seemed to be just what I—and my cats—needed to survive summer.

  • Summer of the silver toes

    It’s summertime and “Jaws” stories abound.

    Before I moved to the coast more than 10 years ago, I didn’t have the same respect for the ocean as I do now. I didn’t know the intricacies of the waters and its inhabitants. It is important to take precautions with the ocean just like you do any other place.

    While I am certainly no expert now, I have learned a thing or two. One of my personal summer rules is no metallic nail polish on my toes. Well, OK, my toes are silver right now but that will change before I take a swim in the ocean.

  • Learning about guns, turkey shoots and other Southern charms one shot at a time

     I’m hardly a sharp-shooter, and most likely wont’ be an expert gunslinger anytime soon.

    And while that suits me just fine, my boyfriend insists I practice my marksmanship, for safety, of course.

    It’s not uncommon for me to find a text message on my phone alerting me to a gun purchase, or a phone call announcing a family membership to a local gun range.

  • Summer scarves not part of Brunswick beaches fashion scene

    Our beautiful Brunswick County beaches are many things—beautiful (oops, I already said that) and not to be taken for granted (though I’m afraid I often do).

    Our beaches are a subject of envy by those who can only visit and not live here permanently, like all the special people like you and me who do get to live and work here and then hardly ever find time to actually get to the beach. But that’s another column for another day.

  • Liquor, liquor everywhere but not a drop to drink

    In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama and Co. are headed to the ever-important swing state of North Carolina for the Democrat National Convention this September.

    Charlotte will play host to the DNC beginning Labor Day, and it turns out some local lawmakers are concerned about their resources during their visit to the Tar Heel State.

    It’s not security resources they’re worried about. Their venues are big enough. And there are more than enough restaurants and hotels to give Charlotte a nice little end-of-season economic boost.

  • Before digging in Sunset Beach sand, check out new ordinance—it's the law!

    It's that time of year again in Sunset Beach—expert sand castle builders Steve Goodmuth, Karen Koebel and company are back at the beach digging and creating with sand. Or trying to.

    This year, it's a little different, though.

    Earlier this year, just before the usual beach visitation crowd descends and sand-digging season heats up, Sunset Beach Town Council passed an ordinance regulating hole-digging at the beach.

    Some people thought that was silly

  • There’s some good news in Brunswick County budget, real estate

    I’m beginning to think I’m writing some of the same stories year after year. I guess I am.

    On Monday night, for the sixth time in as many years, I sat in county commissioners chambers as Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Has it really been six years?

    Six years. Where has the time gone?

    Seriously, where did it go?

    I’m not sure where the time went, but I do know that the times have changed.