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Columns

  • The taco saga

    The anticipation and talk around town about the opening of Taco Bell in Shallotte has caused me to chuckle the past few weeks. I am not saying I am not as enthusiastic about the new fast food option in Shallotte, I just have never heard such a buzz for a taco.

    The restaurant was originally scheduled to open on Monday morning but owners delayed per the request of the police chief.

  • Gun-toting, malt liquor-swilling ‘gangstas’ probably don’t read newspapers

    Get out your pens. Fire up your computer. Log onto that email account.

    After reading this, many of you will feel the urge to write a letter to the editor. Please do.

    This column will offend some of you, even if it only offends your self-righteous

    political correctness many of us can’t seem to break free from.

    I’ve read (and even written stories) with a heavy heart about South Brunswick High School football star Marcus Hankins’ murder.

  • There are moments in our lives we will always remember

    There are moments in our lives when we will never forget where we were or what we were doing.

  • History is made as we come full circle almost 10 years later

    I’m a sucker for reality TV—especially when LaToya Jackson and Gary Busey are involved—so I’ve been hooked to “Celebrity Apprentice” all season long.

    But to my knowledge, the only person “fired” Sunday night was Osama bin Laden, as the anticipation of President Obama’s remarks overtook NBC minutes away from Donald’s signature catchphrase and cobra-like hand gesture.

  • Another Mother's Day without her kids

    Amy Smith is just $1,300 away from her day in court and winning back custody of her sons. She hopes.

    This coming Mother’s Day will mark the third in a row that the Ash mom has been without her two children, Brody and Nathan, ages 8 and 6.

    It’s been two-and-a-half years since the boys were moved to Kitchener, Ontario, where Smith’s estranged husband, Shawn, managed to wrest custody and ignite a legal morass that has put Smith on the short end of parental rights within the Canadian court system.

  • We’ve got the ‘Beat,’ we’ve got the ‘Beat…’ yeah, we’ve got it

    Excuse me, but c’mon, it’s not every day an editor gets to pay homage to an old ’80s song, and when I get the chance, I’d rather not pass it up.

  • Don't pick on the seagulls or feed them

    There is nothing better than spending a relaxing day on the beach, reading a book and soaking up the sun.
    When I am picking my beach spot, I always have a strategy—stay far away from other people. I don’t want to invade their space and I don’t won’t to be bothered with their sometimes loud radios and incessant talking. Mostly I don’t want to sit next to a group of tourists who are going to feed the seagulls. (Actually the proper name is gulls, but I have always called them seagulls.)

  • ID please: Why it doesn’t matter if birthers are right

    There’s a popular saying in our newsroom we reporters utter more often than others and it has to do with begging for forgiveness being easier than asking permission.

    It usually has to do with needing access to a story or information that may be behind police tape, on private property or even downright shady.

    In politics, this is also the case—you know, the whole shoot first, ask questions later concept.

  • Paradise does not mean exemption from tragedy

    In the movie “John Q,” Denzel Washington’s character holds an emergency room full of people hostage until he can secure a heart transplant for his ailing son.

    The opening of the movie seems unrelated at first, but viewers later learn it foreshadowed where the heart would come from. A woman in traffic is ultimately killed when her vehicle is hit by a semi.

  • Goading goats a new goal in Brunswick County

    Just when you thought goats were welcome in Brunswick County, the state steps in to state otherwise.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Administration, it’s time to eradicate all feral goats roaming three spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean Isle Beach.

    This came as surprising news to me this week.