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Columns

  • Eggo shortage makes national news headlines. Really? ‘Leggo!’

    A few weeks ago, I was barreling down the aisles at the Food Lion, throwing items into my cart, when I stopped in my tracks.

    There was a sign that said “Attention customers! Eggo products may be unavailable for several weeks, due to a problem at the processing facility. We hope to have this resolved by mid-November. Thank you.”

    Well, that’s not good, I thought to myself. My son and I love Eggo waffles. They are a staple item in our freezer.

    I knew I had to act quickly, so I grabbed four of the remaining boxes to get through the next few weeks.

  • Dj vu all over again? Ain’t that the truth

    Ask any New Yorker who famously professed, “It’s déjà vu all over again,” they’ll have the right answer for you.

    The real-life New Yorker attributed with the quote, of course, was New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra, who recently returned to the field at Yankee Stadium, which is now more like Yankee Stadium 2.0.

    I’m sure his iconic phrase danced through his head as First Lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden escorted Berra onto the field of the new Yankee Stadium during the first game of this year’s World Series.

  • Pass the turkey and dressing, and let's watch the parade

    The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a turkey-day tradition since it first kicked off in New York City in 1924.

    According to an online article, the first year it was called the “Macy’s Christmas Parade” and followed a route from 145th Street and Convent Avenue to the Macy’s store at 34th Street and Broadway.

    The first parade was organized by Macy’s employees, many of whom emigrated to America from Europe and wanted to stage a European-style holiday celebration.

  • If you like waking each morning to a free America, thank a veteran

    Don’t believe what you see in the movies or read in suspense thrillers—there’s nothing glamorous about being a crime reporter.

    Characters portrayed in books and movies may be cunning, clever and crime-solving, but their real-life counterparts sometimes have trouble sleeping at night after covering horrific events that transpired that day.

    Courtroom dramas depict last-minute turns of events and heroic testimony, but, in reality, trials are long and emotionally draining.

  • Have an interesting friend, colleague or family member? We'd like to know about them

    It’s hard to believe in just a couple of weeks we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, and just a few weeks after that, Christmas will be here.

    This is a busy time of year for most people in Brunswick County. From attending religious services to school, family and community events, there’s barely time to get all things done before the year draws to a close.

  • Uniquely Brunswick County photo contest ends Friday at 5 p.m.

    When you think of Brunswick County, you probably think of the beach. While the county does claim some of the most beautiful strands in the country, there is much more than sand and shore.

    With more than 850 square miles to comb through, there are bound to be interesting and unique people, places and things that are “Uniquely Brunswick County,” and we want you to show us.

    The second annual “Uniquely Brunswick County” photo contest has been open for several weeks. This is the last call for entries. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

  • Boot victim thankful for anonymous donor

    With Thanksgiving just a week away, Darlene Dover is already thankful.

    One month after the 73-year-old was slapped with a wheel boot on her car and $50 removal fee for mis-parking at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier, an anonymous donor has come to her rescue.

    On Oct. 27, an Ocean Isle Beach man who does not wish to be identified came to the Beacon office and left an envelope to be forwarded to Dover.

  • Is it any wonder we're scared to death?

    There’s been a lot of clucking and moaning the past few years about the phenomenon of over-protective parents who hover over their kids like helicopters, shielding them from the “real world” and not letting them learn to navigate life’s difficulties on their own.

    We want our children to stand up for themselves, but we don’t want them to get seriously hurt when we could have done something to prevent it.

  • Got the flu? Watch out for you

    You’d think we have evolved.

    You’d think we’re too educated, wise and high-tech to fall for schemes akin to all those miracle tonics, potions, salves and elixirs of yesteryear.

    You’d think we’re far too advanced to even get sick at all.

    But scams and hype abound in the face of 21st-century illness and flu, especially for those who can’t find or qualify for a shot.

    Beware of scams, warn the Food and Drug Administration and Associated Press.

  • Christmas Flotilla organizers hope to make event a Brunswick County tradition

    When it comes to the holidays, it’s all about tradition.

    Some families always flock to the same relative’s house for the same traditional dinner and traditional holiday events. Some families take the same vacation each year and enjoy the holidays from an exotic, tropical or secluded location.

    Other families, OK, my family, can always count on one or two members to intake just a bit too much holiday cheer and cause a commotion that becomes an annual tradition in itself when the story is retold year after year.