• Tax redistribution will hurt our economy

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

  • On campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Welcome to the first edition of “On Campus at Brunswick Community College.”

    I want to thank The Brunswick Beacon for giving BCC this new voice in our community. The focus of “On Campus” is to promote community awareness of college programs, services and accomplishments; to broadcast the achievements of our students; to engage the local community in special events; and to introduce the public to individuals who contribute in various ways to the life of the campus.

  • Highlights, recommendations from the ‘best week ever’


  • Time again to be identified by the T-shirt I wear

    Somewhere in the depths of my closet, I’ve buried a comfy gray T-shirt I haven’t worn in a long time. It hasn’t seemed appropriate to wear it in public in Brunswick County — not because it’s ill-fitting or ratty, emblazoned with profanity or promoting a potentially controversial issue, but because I’ve been so happy here at the helm of the Beacon newsroom.

  • Heat is on for thermostat control and coolness

    On one side of the region is my octogenarian mother’s house in the mountains of Tennessee, where Ma seems to be enjoying summer and isn’t enduring nearly as many seasonal hot flashes as the rest of the family who converged there for her birthday party earlier this month.

    This July, in addition to a present, I brought my own portable electric fan to donate to the cause and told her to please keep it forever.

  • Bragging rights and a policy update

    My two-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom was two weeks ago. With it came a renewed sense of pride in all we have accomplished as a newspaper thanks entirely to our small but mighty staff, coworkers who I’m fortunate to call friends.

  • How do I become eligible for Medicare because of disability?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must apply, be approved and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.

  • Freedom to offend and be offended

    After a wild whirlwind of national events the past few weeks, I needed some time to process everything before trying to convey my thoughts in these columns. It was a little strange not being in the thick of it all as I once was when I worked in daily newspapers, but I feel there are no less important issues here in Brunswick County that need my attention — and yours. And it’s no less fascinating to see how national events affect our own neighborhoods and daily lives.

  • Rooting for the underdogs and undercats

    The 51-year drought of no national titles for any of my three Cleveland sports teams continues with the Cavaliers’ loss in this year’s NBA finals.

    My hometown is desperate for a winner and disappointed by the outcome of the six-game series, which ended in Cleveland on June 16. Even with about 30 seconds left in that last game, the team came back to within two possessions of tying the score and never gave up.

  • ONDBEAT: Calabash & Co. could celebrate new, improved riverfront

    Along one portion of the waterway is Sunset Beach with its recently opened 5.22-acre town park where residents have been debating its pros, cons and costs for the last five-and-a-half years.

    Apparently, it sometimes costs a couple million greenbacks to preserve a smidgen of green space.

    Just down the river is Calabash, where town leaders seem divided on the merits of improving access to their own riverfront in North Carolina’s Seafood Capital.