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Columns

  • Dashcam, body camera footage policy explained

    By Sheriff John Ingram

    Guest Columnist

    In last week’s edition of the Brunswick Beacon, the editorial board provided its view on releasing dash and body camera video footage in the wake of officer-involved shootings and alleged police brutality cases throughout our country.

  • District residents share concerns

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    After traveling across the 7th District during August, it’s clear we share many of the same concerns — especially when it comes to the Obama Administration’s so-called Iran “deal.”

    As you know, Iran has publicly stated its goals of wiping Israel from the face of the Earth while the chant “Death to America” can be heard loud and clear from its public squares. Unfortunately, it has a substantial history of actions that prove its commitment to both goals.

  • Local events, attendance demonstrate caring

    First off this week, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Beacon’s inaugural Outdoor Living Show a success this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and learned more about some of the local businesses and civic organizations that support our community — and maybe gained inspiration for home improvements and to get involved in the groups that make Brunswick County great.

  • A plea to Brunswick County residents

    By Sarah Barra

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’m a mom of three kids who play on our beaches year round. I’m a grownup who wondered at the beauty of this place as a child. I’m also a grownup who understands economics and the reasons people here may believe drilling is a good idea and worth the risk. I ask all to consider the following facts.

  • LCAC nurtures community of artists, learners

     

  • Journalists always at risk of becoming news

    Until Aug. 26, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, it counted 39 deaths of journalists around the world in 2015 in countries like Syria, Yemen and France.

    But last Wednesday morning, the people working at WDBJ-TV experienced the horror of seeing two of their coworkers shot to death and a woman seriously injured on live television outside Smith Mountain Lake, Va., near Roanoke.

  • Resident teaches old squirrel new saxophone tricks

    Things were starting to get squirrelly in John Goss’ backyard.

    It was obvious the day Sammy, one of the black-and-gray fox squirrels that reside at Sandpiper Golf & Country Club, showed up at Goss’ home overlooking the first hole of the community’s Piper course.

    “I started seeing the squirrel here, so I started putting peanuts in the yard,” said the former U.S. Department of Defense employee, who has been retired for 20 years, the past 13 of them in Sunset Beach.

  • Growing tourism, slowing summer into fall

    Back in January, I wrote about my Aunt Donna and Uncle Bob Czaplinski who came down to Sunset Beach for the first time to escape two of the worst winter months back in our hometown of Cleveland. I’m pleased to report they enjoyed their time in Brunswick County so much, they’ll return again come January.

  • Meeting state legislators, including ­— finally­ — Sen. Rabon

    Beacon reporters have being covering government meetings for the past several weeks where officials have told us how a possible change to the state’s sales tax distribution method would damage our local economy, maybe irreparably.

    When the issue came up at Shallotte’s last board of aldermen meeting, we asked if any town officials were planning to take the cause to Raleigh because, if they were, we’d like to join them.

  • Showing up should count for something

    I was sitting in a meeting last week mulling over how quickly the seasons can change. This had nothing to do with the weather, I was thinking about how the stores made the abrupt switch from all things pumpkin spice to all peppermint.

    It made me wonder if the jump from harvest time to Christmas overlooks other holiday events that could provide the next great new shelf stuffer that can keep the economy growing.