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Columns

  • Nudists don't worry about what to wear--just mosquitoes

    “I have to go up to the nudist camp,” I quipped last Saturday. “At least I don’t have to dress up.”

    Unlike Brunswick County’s record-setting skinny-dippers I interviewed, I didn’t exactly wear nothin’, either—or my birthday suit. It wasn’t my birthday.

    I was among paparazzi who showed up, fully clothed, at Whispering Pines Nudist Resort to cover a portion of the first cross-country Guinness World Records nudie dunk.

  • Schedule some family fun at Fort Fisher

    As someone who helped pull together a bowling/pizza party for my daughter’s 7th birthday after returning home from a four-day business trip, I know the need for families to spend time together.

    The whole morning before the party, my daughter was saying, “I can’t stop smiling. I’m so excited.” That made it all worthwhile. Parties, outings, just spending time together are the kinds of thing parents remember about their children as they grow up and start to spend less and less time with their families.

  • Holden Beach man wrangles up small alligator, sets it free in safer waters

    It was the crowd that first got his attention. More than 100 people gathered around the edge of the shore at Holden Beach on the busy Fourth of July weekend staring into the water.

    When Holden Beach resident Johnny Booth approached the crowd last Friday, his eyes peered toward the water to see what the fuss was about. He wondered at first if someone might have drowned or been in trouble in the water.

    Eventually, his eyes landed on a small alligator about 30 feet offshore, and a good mile away from the pier.

  • Somewhere in New York, Katie Couric is probably laughing

    On Friday, news broke that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to step down as Alaska’s chief executive at the end of the month, fueling speculation Palin has her sights set on a higher political office—this one south of the Canadian border.

    Palin’s Wasilla, Alaska, backyard press conference was a far cry from her attention-grabbing speech at the Republican National Convention less than one year ago. But like her scene-stealing speech last September in Minneapolis, the small-town folksy Alaskan sure knows how to get people talking.

  • Maybe reality stars are smarter than we think

    Those of us who grew up watching singers, dancers and comedians who gave their all to entertain us on stage, television and in movies tend to complain about the lack of bona fide stars in today’s culture.

    Most of us, even though we all have a guilty pleasure or two, complain about the unfortunate rise of “reality” show celebrities who don’t seem to have much talent other than fighting with one another. It’s like watching high school with 25-year-olds or 40-year-olds, depending on which channel you prefer.

  • Family-friendly activities will light up Brunswick County this Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July holiday weekend is, for many, a weekend about fun, family and friends. It’s a time when grills get fired up early in the day and bellies are stuffed with all types of food from sunup to sundown.

    For many, events are centered around a family member’s or friend’s backyard. Others use the holiday weekend as a good excuse for a getaway, a time to coordinate a much-needed vacation with good weather and an extra day off work.

  • Street talk makes for hot topics in towns

    Maybe it’s the heat, or the humidity. Or maybe it’s just that hot time of year—it is summertime, isn’t it?—when problems seem to sprout up out of nowhere.

    Jack Butcher can vouch for that—he’s got grass growing through the street in front of his house on Court 11 off Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores.

    Butcher is blaming faulty paving for the fault, but the town has indicated it’s not at fault.

    Well, somebody must be to blame, especially where it involves government.

  • Some parents go too far when it comes to giving their children what they want

    It’s great to see parents willing to do anything for their children—legal things, that is.

    Of course, every so often we hear of these oddball parents who break the law, going above and beyond, to make sure their precious angels get exactly what they want.

    Remember Texan suburbanite Wanda Holloway, who was arrested and later sentenced for hiring a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter’s biggest rival on the school’s cheerleading squad?

  • Just hiking the Appalachian Trailee if you know what I mean

    Where’s the governor of South Carolina when you need him? Not on the Appalachian Trail, that’s for sure.

    But that’s where Mark Sanford was assumed to be when he was missing in action from his office in Columbia the week of Father’s Day. When reporters asked his staff where the missing chief had gone, they said he was hiking along the Appalachian Trail for a vacation, because he mentioned he might do that.

    They had no idea he was actually in Argentina. No one did.

  • State trooper honored for his commitment to safety, community

    We’ve all done it—on the way to work, in a hurry, when we see flashing blue lights up ahead. Somebody’s been caught speeding and instinctively you hit the brake and slow down so you won’t be next.

    If you happen to have lead feet, then you may have even gotten caught a time—or four.

    For many of us, tickets are what we think of first when we think of state troopers. But the truth is they do so much more than issue speeding tickets.