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  • Everyone has an opinion about healthcare reform; what's yours?

    It started on Facebook.

    Then it was Twitter.

    Soon, I was getting notifications in my e-mail.

    One said, “A victory for common sense.”

    One praised the president.

    One simply announced it had happened.

    “The healthcare bill just passed!” it proclaimed.

  • Health bill still being debated by breakfast crowd

    As countdown ensued Tuesday for President Obama to sign the healthcare reform bill, the morning crowd in Calabash was still debating its merits—or its demerits, depending on perspective.

    “Well, I’d just like to say I think it’s a bad thing for this country,” said Daphen Edge of Little River, S.C., waiting for an appointment at a local doctor’s office.

    First of all, she doesn’t understand its massive details.

  • Friends, family celebrate the long life of Harvey Robinson

    In the 1985 hit movie “Cocoon,” a group of elderly Florida residents become rejuvenated and youthful when they start swimming in a pool inhabited by alien pods.

    The men start noticing their wives again. Couples start going out dancing. They start kicking butt in shuffleboard tournaments and enjoying life for the first time in years.

    By the end of the movie, however, the “life force” has gone from the pool, and most of the retirees decide to go with the aliens to their home planet, where they will never grow older, never get sick and never die.

  • Getting a little crazy about the right to vote

    My parents had done it. My grandma had done it. Most of my teachers had done it. Now my friends were doing it. I wanted to do it, too.

    But I had to wait until I was 18. That was the age at which I could legally vote.

    My mom loved politics, and I think her love of politics probably influenced me a little. Back when she and dad were on opposite sides of the coin, the household could get pretty interesting before a big election. They often said they canceled each other out.

  • Sunshine Week 2010: Mayor elects to shine light on improperly registered voters

    This is my favorite time of the year. Not because the days are longer and the temperatures are (usually) warmer. It’s not even the green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those things, but what I love about this time of year is Sunshine Week.

    Sunshine Week, this year recognized March 14-20, is a time when media outlets across the country team up with nonprofit organizations and citizens’ groups to shine the light on freedom of information.

  • 'Extra' special bulletin: The 'glamour' of show business comes to Brunswick County

    So did anyone try out to be an extra in the “untitled” medical drama pilot to be filmed in Winnabow?

    It sounds like it could be fun if you have a few days to kill, want to pick up a few bucks and like being around all the behind-the-scenes action of the moviemaking process.

    Personally, I don’t like anything to kill the magic of my favorite movies, and according to some of the accounts I’ve heard, being an extra sounds like a mild form of torture. My favorite quote comes from a tutorial on being an extra at soyouwanna.com:

  • Bridge signs stir spelling debate

    Laura Lewis

    The posting came to the Beacon last week via Facebook, from a Shallotte resident concerned about new signs for a new bridge that, she wrote, are misspelled.

    “Why in the world,” asked Katherine Lyles Norfleet, has the North Carolina Department of Transportation “renamed the ‘Todd Bridge’ to ‘Jinny’s Branch’ when ‘Jinny’ is actually spelled ‘Jennies Branch’ and has been for over 200 years?”

  • 'Necro-Anda': Local writer embarks on new career with first novel

    Believe it or not, poisoning, bank robbery, murder, amnesia and double-crossing all play major roles in a new novel from a local author.

    Supply resident Jack Evans recently had his first novel published and is embarking on a new career as a full-time writer.

    The way Evans describes his novel, “Necro-Anda,” recently published by PublishAmerica, is like few things even longtime mystery fans have heard before—and it all takes place in Brunswick County and the nearby towns of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Is a four-day school week the answer to the public schools’ financial crisis?

    Is reducing the school week to four days an answer to the financial crisis facing some school districts across the country?

    More than 100 of those districts say yes.

    According to a Wall Street Journal article, more than 100 school districts in 17 states are operating with a four-day schedule.

    A school district in Minnesota will begin four-day weeks at the beginning of next school year. A quote from the district’s superintendent said the district faces a $1.3 million deficit and considers it a last resort.

  • New RW magazine featured inside this edition of The Brunswick Beacon

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re proud to launch in this edition the Beacon’s newest publication RW (The Real Women of Brunswick County).

    In this special section, which you can find inside today’s paper, you’ll be treated to features about local women, their successes and triumphs and their advice on everything from succeeding in their careers to moving on in life after the death of a spouse.