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Columns

  • Leland and Belville aren’t just split by a highway

    There’s a lot going on in North Brunswick these days in both Leland and Belville and especially in between with construction on U.S. 17/74/76 at the Brunswick River.

    I recently saw a new aerial map that shows how the landscape will change once the highway is widened, the diverging diamond is criss-crossing under the overpass and Blackwell Road is relocated.

  • It may be time to change time change

    Daylight Saving Time, aka DST, seemed to dawn especially early this year.

    I know for a fact the March 8 “spring ahead” time changeover had an impact and less-than-appreciated effects on people and animals alike.

    I overslept at least two days and missed the morning headline news and one of my cups of coffee.

    A local official I work with experienced a bout of brain fog, attributed to the time change.

    My sister missed this year’s DST changeover completely, and perhaps blissfully, for the first 24 hours.

  • Our long county-al nightmare is over

    I hope everyone will join me at the March 16 Brunswick County commissioners meeting at its new time, 5:45 p.m.

    Feel free to come a little later if you would like as the board will be in closed session first thing, then the real excitement will take place beginning around 6:30 p.m.

    Commissioners decided last month to right a wrong and go back to their closed session-first schedule that I have fervently advocated for the past year or so.

    I guess you could say I’m taking a victory lap here in the pages of the Beacon — but just a quick one.

  • I really dodged a bullet there

    Last week was very exciting for one of our Brunswick County residents thanks to a life-changing lottery win.

    And yes, I am including myself in the congregation who are very happy for, and a bit envious of, but really very happy for the winner.

  • ONDBEAT: Being senior has its perks and wrinkles

    In childhood, there’s a tendency to want to be older. Many a 4-year-old would rather be 6. For those who are only 9, it sounds bigger and better to say they’re double-digits 10.

    Ditto for teenage-hood — the older you are, the more sophisticated and grown-up it sounds to say you’re older than you are, old enough to get into a restricted movie, perhaps. “Under 17,” after all, still requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian

  • Robert and Jack: a tough story of two local pros

    By Whit Clark

    Guest Columnist

     

    A few years ago, I wrote a short piece about Robert Jones, my barber. It was a brief and admiring look at a man who started a local barbershop, Hair Shapers, and operated it until his passing. Robert was the consummate barber: fast, accurate and a good listener — all the ingredients that made the consumer return to the chair.

  • Starting county meetings with closed session is best for me ... or, I mean, everyone

    County commissioners have begun planning for the next fiscal year – receiving updates on department needs, considering funding requests and creating legislative items to push for.

    Since they are making plans for the new fiscal year and how they will run things in 2015-16, I want to speak out on one policy that needs to be rolled back to 2013-14.

    Re-arrange the board meetings so the closed session is first thing on the agenda once more.

    I don’t ask this selfishly…

  • Lots to love about Brunswick County

    Last week was easily the busiest so far this year for me with two fantastic community events just days apart, both at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors building at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

  • Medicare Advantage disenrollment period ends Feb. 14

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 marks the annual Medicare Advantage disenrollment period. During this time, a Medicare beneficiary enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave his or her plan and return to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2015. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form.

  • You decide: What are the impacts of tax changes?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes — focusing on lower tax rates and a broader tax base — may be debated in the General Assembly.