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Columns

  • For ease of use, improving traffic flow, so far Smith Avenue gets an F

    Pardon me a moment while I reach into my desk drawer and pull out my trusty red editor’s pen.

    I want to use it to mark all over the Smith Avenue extension project.

  • Eliminating the federal budget deficit and unicorns for everyone

    It has been my personal experience that just when you think you’ve seen it all—when something or someone is so ridiculous it seems there’s no way things could possibly get any stranger—they do. They always do.

    For example, take any situation lately involving former state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    Every time he’s in the news, which is increasing in frequency now that he’s no longer in the state Senate, you think it can’t get any stranger.

    But it does. It always does.

  • Extreme Couponing

    I have heard of extreme sports—snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding—and even watched many on television. But there is a new extreme game in town and it’s not your typical sporting event.

    Extreme couponing has become so popular, there is even a television show chronicling the process and the savings. As a child I remember my mother clipping coupons from the Sunday paper. She even had a special coupon book that she kept in her purse. I remember it was organized into categories such as food, cleaning products, etc.

  • Guest column: Community helps those in need at BFA

    To the editor:

    The sound of weeping is something we hear often at Brunswick Family Assistance. It isn’t easy for some folks to ask for help paying an electric bill or request a box of food. Once independent, hard-working people across all ages and socio-economic levels find it painful to swallow their pride and ask for assistance, something they’ve never done before.

  • We’ve got to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing a tornado lets us do

    My high school graduation had been delayed. That last year of school, snow days—days where snow actually covered the ground make driving dangerous, not just threatened to do so—had put us behind schedule several extra class days. 

    For kids on their way out the door and looking to begin the next chapters in their lives, waiting seemed forever.

  • 'Unusual' wreck is deja vu for fire crew

    It was no April Fool’s joke when firefighters with Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department were called to the scene of an “unusual” wreck last Friday morning, April 1.

    Though they’ve practiced rescues using a similar scenario with one vehicle on top of another, they can’t recall exactly when they’ve actually had to use it.

  • Students want their voices heard and take opportunity to voice opinions

    Every single decision made by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education ultimately affects students and the classroom.

    A group of five individuals makes decisions that will affect about 12,000 children, possibly double the number of parents or guardians and several thousand Brunswick County Schools employees.

  • The Kindred Spirit mailbox

    I admit it. I have caught the fever—spring fever that is. I sit at my desk rolling around story ideas that will take my feet to the sand. Anything I can do to make the workday happen on the shoreline is exactly what the doctor has ordered. Last week, I had the opportunity to walk out to the Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island to write a story for an upcoming “Island Living” special section of the Beacon.

  • Misguided ‘Teen Mom’s’ latest antics bring tabloid attention to Brunswick County

    I was on one of my many trips to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when it came up—the subject I had so hoped to avoid—Jenelle, otherwise known as Brunswick County’s resident “Teen Mom.”

    A “star” on MTV’s “reality” show “Teen Mom 2,” Jenelle Evans is a 19-year-old Oak Island resident whose run-ins with the law have been well documented on the show, in the tabloids and in the court docket in Brunswick County District Court.

  • Life lesson learned: Never attempt to vacuum a blind cat (alone)

    Pardon me, Dr. Ernie Ward, while I step on your toes for a moment.

    No, I don’t have a degree in veterinary science. I haven’t published any books, and I haven’t appeared on any syndicated television shows, national news programs or been in newspapers picked up by half the country.

    I certainly haven’t cared for and treated countless numbers of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters and other critters.

    Everything I know about caring for pets, well, at least one of them, I learned on my lunch break last week.