• Taxpayer watchdog group: Burr a ‘hero,’ Hagan, McIntyre ‘hostile’

    One’s a hero and the other two are just hostile—at least, according to a taxpayer watchdog group.

    According to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, North Carolina has a “hero” Senator and a “hostile” Senator when it comes to spending our money. Turns out we also have a “hostile” Congressman when it comes to spending.

  • It’s back-to-school time; don’t put your eye out and don’t start a fire

    It’s been a long time since I’ve prepared what I was going to wear the day before I actually wore it, but as a kid, picking out the perfect outfit was a rite of passage during the school year.

    And no day was that outfit more thought-out than for the first day of school.

    OK adults; think back. Remember how great it was to get that brand new pair of shoes? The pair that was expected to last an entire year?

  • Watching a unique experience: Seeing a leatherback turtle nest hatch

    OK, so admittedly, last Thursday wasn’t my best day.

    Facing some different-than-normal stresses in an already normally stressful work environment, I had my evening planned before I left the office.

    I wanted to go home, grab a glass of wine, crawl into my bed and watch a movie. This, I was certain, would re-energize me to face Friday, the beginning of our production cycle, followed by a weekend of already planned activities, including a stop at “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars.”

  • Frequent flyer likes her privacy; maybe it’s time to upgrade to first-class seats

    I like to fly in the morning.

    And when I say morning, I actually mean middle of the night, pitch black outside, so early nothing in the airport but the gate is open.

    Sure, it usually means I stay up all night in fear of oversleeping, almost missing my flight and having to run like a madwoman through the airport “Home Alone” style. And I actually did that once, in the same airport as in the movie, and let me tell you, it’s not fun.

  • Dog days a hot time for canine considerations

    Dog days (Latin: “diēs caniculārēs”; proper Southern pronunciation: “daggone dawg daze”) are upon us.

    You can feel it in the humid, “sultry” air, as Wikipedia poetically describes it. Southerners and Southern transplants alike just tend to think of them as some more of those stinkin’ hot days of August.

    But, if you think about it, dog days are also a fine time for all things canine. National Dog Day, in fact, is just around the bend on Aug. 26.

  • We’re looking for a dynamic news page designer to join our team

    Each week Brunswick Beacon reporters and our news clerk generate thousands upon thousands of words to fill each edition of this newspaper.

    After brainstorming, researching and interviewing, reporters compose stories, take and select photos, write cutlines and suggest headlines. After it all moves through the editing process two people—the page designer and the editor, in this case, me—take all the words, photos and headlines and arrange them in a way that attempts to make them engaging for our customers.

  • Some tax-free weekend shopping tips

    It’s back-to-school time. Grab your checkbooks, cash and credit cards, and get ready to hit the stores for school clothes, school supplies and books.

    If you have your list ready—or at least part of it—this weekend is a great time to shop. North Carolina and South Carolina will have their fall sales tax holidays from Aug. 6-Aug. 8. If you venture to the mall, be prepared to face the crowds.

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.

  • Fair may be a fun way to boost business, local appeal

    I was quite surprised and pleased when I learned about a local group’s plans for a “family day fair and exposition” next year in Shallotte.

    The goal of the four-day event is to bring people into town for fun, entertainment and to support local businesses. My recent interview with the organizers started me thinking about the various fairs I attended over the years, particularly the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

  • Good teachers leave lasting, lifetime impressions on young people

    I am who I am today because people like you believed in me.

    Those are the words I would say to Cindy Ethington, a beloved teacher from my hometown who died July 16 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

    I got to know Mrs. E shortly after she began her teaching career at Bardstown Middle School. She and fellow teacher Janet Carrico had applied for a grant for a unique student program. Through it, BMS students were selected to spend a good portion of their summer, and then most of the school year, traveling and learning about Kentucky’s history.