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Columns

  • Life's lessons learned during reporter's third year at the Beacon

    It’s hard to believe I’ve been at the Beacon for three years. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at my first county commissioners meeting, trying to make sense of the county budget on my first day on the job.

  • Does 'zero tolerance' mean 'zero common sense?'

    While the world goes crazy all around us—drugs and killings and wars and poverty—it’s nice to know academic professionals are there to keep us safe from eyebrow tweezers and nail clippers.

    Catch the sarcasm yet?

    I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that another school district has used the “Safe School Act,” as a reason to suspend and expel a perfectly well behaved, high-achieving student.

  • Lots of new businesses opening right here in Brunswick County

    Good news, Brunswick County! We’re still growing by leaps and bounds.

    While the economy has put many in a pinch—including slowing or completely halting some construction—growth is still happening right here in our community.

    Last week, a larger, brighter, better Food Lion store opened to much fanfare in Shallotte. In June, a new Lowes Food will open its doors in Ocean Isle Beach. The Economic Development Commission indicates another Lowes Food is set to get under construction soon at N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • Publishers Clearing House might be looking for me

    The new Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office South Substation hadn’t even opened yet when Publishers Clearing House showed up at its door.

    It’s proof that pigs fly and something had frozen over in mid May (consider this week’s unusually low temperatures).

    But what it really demonstrates is the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Elite Team actually does exist.

    Oh, sure, I and 200 million other Americans had been skeptical for the past 42 years, ever since the first Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes launched in 1967.

  • Seat belt safety important to remember in light of recent fatalities

    Saferoads.org, an advocate for highway and auto safety Web site, reports 55 percent of those killed in traffic crashes in 2006 were not wearing seat belts.

    As we know, the two West Brunswick students who died after a fatal car wreck earlier this month were not wearing seat belts. Two of the three passengers that survived were wearing seat belts at the time of impact.

    At times like these, it’s always a question of, “What if?”

  • Great reasons to rideee"a trike or a bike

    People my age and older like to talk about the “good old days” before bike helmets, safe playgrounds and after-school activities when kids were free to run wild in the neighborhood, knock their noggins on asphalt and skin their knees with abandon.

    I’ve been known to do that before, but even I have to admit, now that I’m a mom of an energetic 6-year-old, that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • From the big screen to real lifeee"gatekeepers become personal nightmares

    I’ll never forget my first experience with a gatekeeper.

    I was a little girl, watching the movie “Ghostbusters” with my family. Everything was going OK for me until this scary woman came on the screen. She was perfectly normal until—BAM. She became possessed—and a little crazy.

    With her face twisted up and her hair askew, she thrashed and screamed, “I am the gatekeeper!”

  • For tweet's sake: Shared self-indulgence in 140 characters or less

    The literati, the glitterati and the Twitterati invaded our great nation’s capital last week for one of the most exclusive events on the social calendar, The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

    Once heralded as the “it” event for Washington’s media elite, this year’s event, which now spans several days, lunches, brunches, dinners, parties and meetings, was a melding of journalists, celebrities, professional athletes—most of whom want you to know what they’re doing in 140 characters of less.

  • Here’s hoping new 'Trek' franchise lives long and prospers

    For years, we’ve been called geeks, nerds and weirdoes for loving the old fashioned “Star Trek” TV show, the new TV franchises and the big screen adaptations.

    We’ve heard the annoying putdowns from non-Trekkies that made little sense, which just infuriated us more. (“You like Star Track? What’s the difference between that and Star Wars? Is Yoda in it?”)

    We’ve been told to “get a life” by none other than our hero, William Shatner himself, in a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

  • Celebrating Mother's Day and remembering little moments that shape memories

    They were my favorite, although likely far from stylish. The red, onesie pajamas my mom had gotten me that year of my youth delighted me.