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Columns

  • There are moments in our lives we will always remember

    There are moments in our lives when we will never forget where we were or what we were doing.

  • History is made as we come full circle almost 10 years later

    I’m a sucker for reality TV—especially when LaToya Jackson and Gary Busey are involved—so I’ve been hooked to “Celebrity Apprentice” all season long.

    But to my knowledge, the only person “fired” Sunday night was Osama bin Laden, as the anticipation of President Obama’s remarks overtook NBC minutes away from Donald’s signature catchphrase and cobra-like hand gesture.

  • Another Mother's Day without her kids

    Amy Smith is just $1,300 away from her day in court and winning back custody of her sons. She hopes.

    This coming Mother’s Day will mark the third in a row that the Ash mom has been without her two children, Brody and Nathan, ages 8 and 6.

    It’s been two-and-a-half years since the boys were moved to Kitchener, Ontario, where Smith’s estranged husband, Shawn, managed to wrest custody and ignite a legal morass that has put Smith on the short end of parental rights within the Canadian court system.

  • We’ve got the ‘Beat,’ we’ve got the ‘Beat…’ yeah, we’ve got it

    Excuse me, but c’mon, it’s not every day an editor gets to pay homage to an old ’80s song, and when I get the chance, I’d rather not pass it up.

  • Don't pick on the seagulls or feed them

    There is nothing better than spending a relaxing day on the beach, reading a book and soaking up the sun.
    When I am picking my beach spot, I always have a strategy—stay far away from other people. I don’t want to invade their space and I don’t won’t to be bothered with their sometimes loud radios and incessant talking. Mostly I don’t want to sit next to a group of tourists who are going to feed the seagulls. (Actually the proper name is gulls, but I have always called them seagulls.)

  • ID please: Why it doesn’t matter if birthers are right

    There’s a popular saying in our newsroom we reporters utter more often than others and it has to do with begging for forgiveness being easier than asking permission.

    It usually has to do with needing access to a story or information that may be behind police tape, on private property or even downright shady.

    In politics, this is also the case—you know, the whole shoot first, ask questions later concept.

  • Paradise does not mean exemption from tragedy

    In the movie “John Q,” Denzel Washington’s character holds an emergency room full of people hostage until he can secure a heart transplant for his ailing son.

    The opening of the movie seems unrelated at first, but viewers later learn it foreshadowed where the heart would come from. A woman in traffic is ultimately killed when her vehicle is hit by a semi.

  • Goading goats a new goal in Brunswick County

    Just when you thought goats were welcome in Brunswick County, the state steps in to state otherwise.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Administration, it’s time to eradicate all feral goats roaming three spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean Isle Beach.

    This came as surprising news to me this week.

  • For ease of use, improving traffic flow, so far Smith Avenue gets an F

    Pardon me a moment while I reach into my desk drawer and pull out my trusty red editor’s pen.

    I want to use it to mark all over the Smith Avenue extension project.

  • Eliminating the federal budget deficit and unicorns for everyone

    It has been my personal experience that just when you think you’ve seen it all—when something or someone is so ridiculous it seems there’s no way things could possibly get any stranger—they do. They always do.

    For example, take any situation lately involving former state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    Every time he’s in the news, which is increasing in frequency now that he’s no longer in the state Senate, you think it can’t get any stranger.

    But it does. It always does.