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Columns

  • Hurry up, spring!

    It’s 35 degrees in March. By the weekend, it’s expected to reach 70.

    I would celebrate, but I’m afraid the meteorologists will start calling for snow if I do.

    Everyone knows that by mid-February, we Southerners are ready for the warm weather.

    And we want it to stay warm. Otherwise, our delicate systems are upset and we get sick for a week.

    Think I’m exaggerating? As I’m writing this, I’m home with a sick daughter who is rubbing her nose red and is unable to breathe.

  • Interrupting these programs for a Lenten intervention

    Laura Lewis

    The cartoon in my New Yorker desk diary this week is supposed to be funny, as are most New Yorker cartoons.

    “I’m giving up Google for Lent,” a woman announces to her husband as he’s cruising the computer in the depiction.

    Actually, it is funny. But it also correlates with what I’m seriously trying to do this week by giving up television.

  • Coupons intended to save money burn a bigger hole in pocket

    Everyone in my family has always loved a bargain.

    My dad’s greatest joy is returning from the supermarket and announcing his greatest deal of the day. More often than not, it’s a couple of dollars saved on a gallon of milk.

    “And I didn’t even need a coupon!” he’ll say every time.

    My cousin Debbie is always swindling freebies from people, but the good part about it is she’s always willing to share. You can’t leave her house without a bag full of gourmet coffee samples or vending machine snacks.

  • The power behind the people: Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative 'going green'

    In today’s dynamic environment, climate change and green power are in the socio-economic makeup of our everyday life. To us at BEMC, its means being mindful about the state of our resources and taking care to use them efficiently and effectively to ensure we meet the needs of our future generations of members.

  • Volunteering: When we become the hands and feet of God

    “…Here am I; send me.”

    Isaiah 6: 8

    An insightful moment came to members of the Holden Beach Chapel’s Council at our monthly meeting.

    We were brainstorming on the subject of how to stimulate interest in volunteer work. Everyone had an opinion as to what it meant to become a volunteer.

    Finally, Maureen volunteered an opinion. She simply said, “Volunteering is a time when we become the hands and feet of God.”

  • Volunteering ain’t what it used to be

    Volunteering your time, talents and money to help others is one of the noblest things you can do. “Paying it forward,” everyone giving back a little of what they’ve been blessed with helps everyone.

    But with the latest generation of retirees staying busy with second careers, part-time jobs, family obligations and the like, the old ways of volunteering just aren’t as appealing.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • Let them eat Gelato: Pelosi, Dems take to Rome after hastily passing stimulus bill

    In a brazen move reminiscent of Detroit’s auto giants arriving in Washington via private jets to beg for federal bailout money, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic lawmakers hopped on a plane and headed to Rome after hurriedly passing the stimulus bill through Congress.

  • Do you think you know who is best in Brunswick? Vote for them now

    There are a lot of opinions about people who have opinions. Some are more than happy to give you an opinion about what you can do with your opinion whenever you try to share it.

    Has not knowing what someone’s reaction to your opinion maybe ever prompted you to hold your tongue and say nothing at all? Have you ever been afraid to speak up about something because you’re not sure how others will react?

  • The power behind the people at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative

    How much do you really know about your home or business electricity? Do you ever wonder where it comes from, who’s behind it, and how they’re working to better the environment?

    In an introductory six-part series, I’ll answer these questions.

    At Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative, we’re here for you. It is our job to ensure your lights stay on. We’re a team of professionals dedicated to our members in Brunswick, Columbus, as well as parts of Bladen and Robeson counties.