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  • Sorry, Charlie. Your owner’s got to do this one on her own

    N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue thinks you’re dumb.

    Well, maybe that’s a little extreme. Let’s put it this way: Perdue thinks her dog Charlie is smarter than you.

    I’m guessing by now I’ve not only gotten your attention, but probably ticked you off a little bit, so let me explain.

    On our fair governor’s website, there’s a new tool—more like a game, really, in which you, along with Perdue’s best canine friend Charlie, can do what Perdue and her Democratic henchmen cannot—balance the state budget.

  • 'Showtime at the Apollo' delivers an inspiring show

     

    ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ was a superb production

    Inspirational. Creative. Talented.

    I could go on and on about the students who participated in last weekend’s performances of “Showtime at the Apollo” at West Brunswick High School. I was simply blown away  Saturday by the range of talent and depth of insight and energy put into the show.

  • When others destroy our sense of personal safety, what to do?

    What defines safety for you? Is it cuddling up closely to the person you love? Is it snuggling down in your own bed at home? Is it going back to your childhood house, enjoying breakfast talks with mom and dad?

    Many of us have definitions of the things that make us feel safe. Many of those are closely associated with our homes.

  • Health board brings 'humane' shelter to screeching halt

    All he had to do was mention PETA.

    So that’s what Brunswick County health board member Chip Carroll did in opposing having a humane element brought into management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Subsequently, at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting, he and seven other members of the board succeeded in rejecting efforts of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), a group of animal advocates who have been working with Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey to take over management of the shelter.

  • Even ‘Robert’ has to follow the law, not just own rules

    As a government reporter, I sit through a lot of meetings. I mean, a lot of meetings. So many so that sometimes I would rather bang my head against the wall than sit through another meeting, but alas, I continue.

    Hyperbole aside, some meetings are more painful than others—not physically painful, but emotionally painful—frustrating, if you will.

    I have made a steadfast commitment to being a proponent of freedom of information. I consider myself a student of the North Carolina Open Meetings and Public Records laws.

  • Missing on spring break

    I remember hearing the news in the spring of 2009 that a young spring breaker had disappeared in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It hit all too close to home.

    The young woman was on spring break from Rochester, N.Y., with several friends. Her parents did not know she was in Myrtle Beach. As a teenager, I too made excursions to Myrtle Beach without proper parental knowledge. 

    Initially I thought the teen was simply dodging phone calls and would resurface later to face her punishment. But that wasn’t the case.

  • Parking rules raising Sunset Beach sand

    Attention non-Sunset Beach residents, non-island renters and other no-counts.

    Do you have (plenty of) parking money tucked in your beach bucket before you venture across the new $44 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge this summer?

    You just might need it, assuming you can even find an available, legal parking space on the island.

    Depending on what Sunset Beach Town Council ultimately decides, recommended rules presented Monday night by a town-appointed parking committee don’t mince words.

  • Winter is still here and it’s not too late to get your flu shot

    There have been a lot of sniffles, coughs and generally icky-feeling people in the newsroom the last couple of weeks.

    With the cold weather and rain that have been lingering in Brunswick County this winter, it’s no wonder people aren’t feeling their best. 

    While temperatures pushed into the 50s and the sun beamed Tuesday, forecasters had a message for us not to think spring is here—snow and ice could hit the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

    I thought we lived on the coast?

  • No room for error when chosen to perform national anthem

    Superbowl XLV may have been the most-watched event in history, but I was not among the some hundred million football fanatics glued to the set Sunday night.

    I didn’t see a need to watch, being that my beloved Bears decided to eliminate themselves from Super Bowl contention on Jan. 23, which just so happens to be my birthday.

    Thanks for the lovely gift, guys.

  • January has come and gone; have you kept your resolutions?

    Hello, February, welcome to 2011. It seems like the new year just got started and already we’re rolling into a new month.

    As January drew to a close, a lot of people were looking back at the resolutions they made last Dec. 31. How successful have you been in keeping your resolutions?

    One of my resolutions was to be healthier in 2011 than I was in 2010. One of the ways I committed to do that was kick caffeine, coffee and aspartame to the curb.

    How am I doing so far in 2011?