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  • Grandmother takes to the air with skydiving experience

    A small woman with silver hair strode across the hangar. She wore a bright red shirt, white pants and a huge smile. Although she and I had only exchanged e-mails, I knew immediately I was looking at Betty Grace Grabb, the soon-to-be skydiver.

    A parade of family and friends followed Grabb across the parking lot. They set up camp with chairs and coolers and prepared to watch their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother fulfill her one of dreams.

  • Town hall brouhaha: How Congress spent their summer vacations among the un-American

    It turns out Americans care about more than just their guns and their religion.

    Judging by recent civic participation, healthcare, it seems, is atop most people’s lists.

    While members of Congress spent their summer vacations amongst the people they serve, some of them were met with a less-than-cordial reception at the many town hall meetings that unfolded across the country to address healthcare reform.

    Of course, depending on what newspaper you read, or which cable news program you watch, the villain changes in every story.

  • Numbers will be my undoing

    There’s nothing people in my business love to hate more than numbers.

    That’s why reporters tend to rely on what other people tell us. Unfortunately, a hasty estimation on my part, which I failed to check with another source, recently resulted in a public backlash I haven’t experienced since I wrote about Bibles in school. (Google my name. It still pops up on atheist Web sites.)

    Let me explain.

  • Nonprofit animal facility has a tough, expensive task of caring for unwanted pets

    Nancy Janovetz is one tough cookie, and as president of Paw’s Place Animal Rescue, she has to be.

    At the no-kill, nonprofit rescue facility for unwanted and abandoned dogs, Janovetz has seen just about everything.

    She knows how heartbreaking it can be to take in animals owners no longer want. She knows how challenging it is to care for litters of puppies that are born because human owners failed to have pets spayed or neutered. She knows the responsibility of giving an animal proper medical care when previous owners have failed to, or can’t, do so.

  • Help find missing sea turtles

    The sea turtles are missing.

    Gloria Hillenburg, the “Turtlelady,” and coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early Thursday, and their eggs scattered across the sand nearby.

    While baby turtles usually head into the ocean themselves soon after hatching, there were no prints to indicate their departure, and a gaping hole is now where the babies were once safely nestled. That’s led Hillenburg and authorities to believe they were stolen.

  • Current, former, would-be mayors wear many hats, faces, definitions

    May-or: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town or borough—Webster’s definition

    Mayor: (1.) a person who is very popular, as in “Dude! The girls are all over you. When did you become the mayor?”

    (2.) a male cheerleader, as in “Haha! Look at the Mayor! What a dork!”

    —Urban Dictionary definitions

    No matter how you slice or dice ’em, mayors in my neck of the county have been getting lots of Beacon ink lately.

  • More debate, less 'shouting down'

    A politically astute friend of mine from high school is now my Facebook friend and often posts links to articles about what’s going on in Congress.

    He’s an Independent who leans to the left on a few issues, but he posts news and commentary from all sides of the arguments and is always asking for input from everyone on topics ranging from healthcare reform to Supreme Court confirmations. He likes debate.

  • There are now more ways to keep you connected to Brunswick County news

    Recently, I wrote about ways you can keep up with news from The Brunswick Beacon, specifically by signing up to receive our e-mail newsletter blast.

    Since then, we’ve had several new users sign up, and we appreciate your interest in reading the Beacon online.

  • It’s OK to be a mom who doesn’t always get things right

    There are those mothers who can’t stand to be ordinary. They were probably overachievers in school, and now they have to be overachievers in motherhood.

    Everyone knows at least one or two of these moms. They’re the ones who can’t throw normal birthday parties with cake and ice cream. These moms have to have themes and make their own invitations, party hats and tablecloths.

    These same moms show up for class parties with homemade, child-sized, three-course mini-meals. Of course, these moms are always perfectly coiffed and dressed to the nines.

  • The economy will be the legacy of the Obama administration

    When it is all said and done, President Obama’s legacy will not be defined by the success or failure of implementing a sound healthcare program. The economy will be his Waterloo or Normandy.

    Reasonable housing, energy and food costs, stable employment and a comfortable retirement income are the major concerns of most Americans.