• Dog days a hot time for canine considerations

    Dog days (Latin: “diēs caniculārēs”; proper Southern pronunciation: “daggone dawg daze”) are upon us.

    You can feel it in the humid, “sultry” air, as Wikipedia poetically describes it. Southerners and Southern transplants alike just tend to think of them as some more of those stinkin’ hot days of August.

    But, if you think about it, dog days are also a fine time for all things canine. National Dog Day, in fact, is just around the bend on Aug. 26.

  • We’re looking for a dynamic news page designer to join our team

    Each week Brunswick Beacon reporters and our news clerk generate thousands upon thousands of words to fill each edition of this newspaper.

    After brainstorming, researching and interviewing, reporters compose stories, take and select photos, write cutlines and suggest headlines. After it all moves through the editing process two people—the page designer and the editor, in this case, me—take all the words, photos and headlines and arrange them in a way that attempts to make them engaging for our customers.

  • Some tax-free weekend shopping tips

    It’s back-to-school time. Grab your checkbooks, cash and credit cards, and get ready to hit the stores for school clothes, school supplies and books.

    If you have your list ready—or at least part of it—this weekend is a great time to shop. North Carolina and South Carolina will have their fall sales tax holidays from Aug. 6-Aug. 8. If you venture to the mall, be prepared to face the crowds.

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.

  • Fair may be a fun way to boost business, local appeal

    I was quite surprised and pleased when I learned about a local group’s plans for a “family day fair and exposition” next year in Shallotte.

    The goal of the four-day event is to bring people into town for fun, entertainment and to support local businesses. My recent interview with the organizers started me thinking about the various fairs I attended over the years, particularly the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

  • Good teachers leave lasting, lifetime impressions on young people

    I am who I am today because people like you believed in me.

    Those are the words I would say to Cindy Ethington, a beloved teacher from my hometown who died July 16 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

    I got to know Mrs. E shortly after she began her teaching career at Bardstown Middle School. She and fellow teacher Janet Carrico had applied for a grant for a unique student program. Through it, BMS students were selected to spend a good portion of their summer, and then most of the school year, traveling and learning about Kentucky’s history.

  • If I'm at the movies, I'm doing research

    One of the perks of journalism is the constant opportunity to get out and circulate.

    If you see a reporter hanging out at the beach on a sunny summer weekday, for example, chances are he/she is taking photographs and/or interviewing people for a future story.

  • Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future

    It’s a good thing we use battery back-ups, or the space for this week’s column would be blank inches of newsprint.

    Monday’s mid-afternoon downpour in Shallotte caused a chorus of thunder and lightning—causing the Beacon’s power to flicker and computers to begin their own chorus of buzzing and other gut-wrenching sounds—before the rain ever fell.

  • YWCA tries to ease concerns about YMCA name change

    I should have expected it. In the wake of the YMCA’s announcement that it has officially change its name to “The Y,” its sister association, the YWCA, has issued a statement about its concerns over name recognition—ensuring the public that it, too, can still be referred to as “The Y” in casual conversations.

  • Think your pet ought to be in pictures? Let us share it with our readers

    Ever take a look at your favorite pet and think it’s so adorable everyone needs to see it?

    If so, we have a great outlet for you.

    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon features a Pet of the Week on our homepage at www.brunswickbeacon.com. We also share our selected Pet of the Week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brunswickbeacon.

    While our submissions so far have been cats and dogs, we welcome submissions of photographs of all types of pets you’ve welcomed to your home—birds, snakes, lizards, mice, hamsters, fish...you name it.