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Columns

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we began meeting daily to work on the budget, our policy committees began meeting to approve bills for referral to the House floor and we approved several bills adjusting tax laws and unemployment insurance.

  • You decide: Will interest rates remain low?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years before Washington, D.C., and was the first city to be named after George Washington.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Recognizing, rewarding student excellence

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On Feb. 26, through executive proclamation, Gov. Pat McCrory declared April as North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month. In the proclamation, he recognized that for 53 years, North Carolina Community Colleges have opened the doors to education for millions of North Carolinians, serving about 730,000 students per year.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we received the governor’s proposed budget, we began meeting to discuss the proposed budget and establish a process timeline and we met with Republican women during their day at the legislature.

  • An editor’s note, as requested

    About three weeks ago, I received a voice mail message from a man who called to complain about a letter to the editor published in our April 14 edition.

    The letter writer, Sunset Beach resident John Sams, thinks Sunset Beach Town Council spends taxpayer money unwisely and pointed to a $190,000 lump-sum settlement the town accepted April 4 from engineering firm Withers & Ravenel as an example.

  • You decide: What’s the best timing for valuing property?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years.

    The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes.

    To fully understand why the change happened and what its implications are, we need to first step back and review property taxes.

  • Stars showed how to be the coolest person alive

    There have been exactly three times in my life when I knew I had to have been the coolest person alive. All of them had to do with music.

    The first was when my godfather bought me Michael Jackson’s album, “Off the Wall” as a gift. I was the first of my friends to get it and I quickly became the envy of my second-grade class.

  • Expressions of sympathy ease grief

    You know, I really believed our friend Sarah Sue Ingram would beat the cancer she had.

    Instead, it took her from us last month, barely more than 24 hours after I bought a new batch of silly greeting cards for us to sign and send to her, as she requested after she told us she was sick. It wasn’t much, but it was all she asked of us beyond our prayers and kind thoughts.