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Columns

  • Media not trying to cause H1N1 panic but increase awareness, prevention

    In case you haven’t heard, my colleagues and I are responsible for the national panic regarding the H1N1 virus.

    At least that’s what a fellow reporter and I were told.

    When another reporter asked a county leader why the media had not been notified of confirmed H1N1 cases in Brunswick County, the answer was because the media blows it out of proportion and gets people worried for no reason.

  • Waiting, praying and remembering, two years later

    The morning was cool and damp as I walked into the hospital. My son was sleeping in his carrier as I lifted it out of the car and carried it across the parking lot.

    Even though we had been gone less than 36 hours, the hospital looked different--more gray than I remembered it.

    I walked up to the desk and signed my son in for his test. The doctor had ordered a blood test to check his bilirubin levels. It would be several hours before we would know if he would have to have any further treatment.

  • What topics before Congress do you want answers from 'Across the aisle?'

    We’re a community newspaper, and we plan to keep it that way.

    While we will continue to focus on local issues and how they affect the community, we also want to delve into state and national issues. Decisions made in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh affect people right here in Brunswick County, so we want to make sure we report on those, too.

    A few weeks ago, we launched a new series, “Across the aisle,” to report on issues before Congress.

  • Marginalization, misdirection and myths of the White House vs. Fox News feud

    A few months ago I was in Reno, Nev., for a legal affairs reporting conference at the National Judicial College.

    I was thrilled to be selected from reporters across the country, ready to soak up every last morsel of legal knowledge I possibly could in two short days.

    One of my favorite segments of the two-day training seminar was taught by a Harvard Law-educated reporter from the Houston Chronicle, who opened with this: “How do you know when a politician’s lying?”

  • Money is not the only consideration when sharing a police helicopter

    In view of the high priority challenges of crime and international terrorism facing the United States and our Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), there is far more than just money to consider in forming a proactive law enforcement partnership involving a helicopter or marine patrol operation.

  • Beam me up? I'd rather be skeptical (for now)

    Elliot and E.T. bicycling across the sky silhouetted against a full moon is one of the most iconic images in film history. It’s one that’s stuck with me since I saw it in the theater when I was 10.

    In high school, after hearing about it from one of my teachers, I read the “non-fiction” book “Communion” by Whitley Streiber from cover to cover with barely a break for schoolwork.

  • Want to know more about elections in Brunswick? Visit www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Next week, The Brunswick Beacon will join together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to bring residents political candidate forums for some of the most hotly contested races in Brunswick County.

    We’ll be hosting forums for the towns of Carolina Shores, Calabash, Sunset Beach and Shallotte. A story in today’s Beacon will detail the forums including dates, times, locations and format.

  • Have a doggone good time this weekend with your four-legged friend

    This weekend, Brunswick County will go to the dogs.

    October seems to be the month for a variety of festivals, fundraisers and competitions, but this weekend is devoted to the canines in the county.

    Being a dog owner myself, I am brought to tears every time I see one of those commercials showing animal abuse and neglect while a sad, sentimental song plays in the background. They affect me so much, I either have to quickly change the channel or scoop up my own puppy and hold her, telling her she is loved and will never end up in that situation.

  • If you get the boot, you'll have to pay

    Darlene Dover had been soaking up beach sun on a pleasant, last Monday in September when she returned to her car parked between the Sunset Beach gazebo and fishing pier.

    Igniting the engine of her 1999 Toyota Camry, the part-time Brunswick County resident put the car in gear and attempted to drive away.

    All she got was a car that wouldn’t budge and a cacophony of metal grinding against metal.

    “I went to see if I left my chair in back,” said Dover, recalling how she got out of her car to check the problem.

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.