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  • Newest member of the family will grow into a person all her own

    It’s hard to plan ahead for spontaneous moments.

    It’s even harder when you’re more than 13 hours away from where they happen.

    Since my sister and very best friend in the world announced she was expecting her first child nine months ago, I had mixed emotions of excitement and sadness. Excited for the precious addition that would be joining our family, but sad knowing I would more than likely miss the birth, as it takes more than a quick car ride to get from Shallotte to Indianapolis.

  • First bridge crossings still up in the air

    Except for employees of English Construction Co. and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, hardly anybody who’s somebody has been allowed up on the new, soon-to-open Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    This includes newspaper reporters and photographers, I know for a fact. I’m a reporter/photographer, so you’ll have to trust me on this.

    There are plenty of good reasons why average citizens—even if they promise to wear hard-hats and flotation devices just in case—shouldn’t climb up that big bridge without permission.

  • You are cordially invited to the-can’t-miss event of the political season

    Please allow me to take a few moments of your time for a shameless plug.

    Strike that—in reality, this really benefits you, the voter, so this is almost more of a public service announcement.

    Do you have plans for the evening of Monday, Oct. 11? If you do, cancel them immediately, because I have a better idea.

  • Starting next week, Beacon online content will be subscription based

    You may have seen the story on the front of last week’s Brunswick Beacon.

    On Wednesday next week, the Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information source.

    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • Brunswick 365 Photo Contest calls for community submissions

    Just about everyone has a camera these days, and more than likely, you’ve taken at least one picture this year.

    Did you document the rare snowfall earlier this winter? Maybe you took a photo of your favorite flower in bloom during spring. Know of the perfect beach spot to catch a sunset? Do trees change colors as crisp, fall weather approaches?

    Show us what our county looks like by entering Brunswick 365, The Brunswick Beacon’s annual photo contest.

  • ONDBEAT: Typical summer drifts into sunset

    As another summer fades gently into the horizon (we hope; one that remains relatively hurricane-free), it could go down as one in which some beachgoers just weren’t paying attention.

    Though signs are posted prominently at both ends not to use the emergency beach strand thruway in Sunset Beach, some people still did not believe and used it.

    Local emergency workers spent much of their summertime at the beach fairly amazed at the number of “illiterate” people who chose to take this path less traveled (not to mention illegal).

  • Little boy’s visit to Calabash Creamery creates treasured memories for family

    If you ask Judy Christie’s 6-year-old grandson Alex if he is different from other kids, he’ll quickly tell you he’s not.

    Alex, who visits his grandmother Judy and grandfather Tom here in Shallotte every summer, has a medical conditional called mitochondrial disorder. The disease affects different people differently, and for Alex it means his digestive system doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. 

  • Behind the scenes: How sunshine can melt even the biggest of icebergs

    There’s been a flurry of activity in our newsroom lately. Newsrooms are always bustling, especially a smaller one like ours where everyone wears several hats, but it seems once the calendar turns to September things really take off.

    Between special sections (check out The Real Women of Brunswick County in today’s paper), elections (and all the melee that comes with them) and festivals each and every weekend from now until the first frost, there hasn’t been much downtime lately.

  • We’re looking for an energetic, highly motivated staff writer to join our team

    We’ve had some changes in our newsroom recently and now we’re looking for a staff writer and photographer to join our team.

    As our readers are aware, we’re a diverse newspaper and we’re looking for a person with diverse writing and photography skills and a variety of interests in things happening in Brunswick County.

    We’re looking for someone who has a journalism degree or related career experience. 

  • Sept. 11 documentaries important part of history

    In a few decades, it’s going to be one of the most asked questions of my generation—Where were you on 9/11?

    I was a senior in high school, getting ready for school on a late-start school day. The rest of the school was taking state-mandated tests from which the seniors were exempt. So I was at home, watching “The Golden Girls”—those who know me can testify my lifelong addiction to that show—when my mom called me from work and told me to turn on the news.