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Columns

  • So much good news taking place at Brunswick County Schools

    Everywhere I turned last week, good news seemed to follow.

    I love visiting schools, and I love good news, so last week was a win-win. Covering the education beat definitely keeps me busy, but I always tell teachers to let me know of any events going on at the school. If my schedule will allow time, I’ll be there. From class projects to student accomplishments, I cover them all.
    Last week was no different. In less than two days, I spent time at three different schools in the county and was equally impressed with what was going on inside.

  • News spin-meisters strike again

    The one-year anniversary meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores two weeks ago kicked off just like a party.

    It was an anniversary celebration, after all, with members of the political action committee feeling and looking festive.

    Everyone who moseyed through the door of the big meeting room at the Calabash fire station was greeted with big smiles and cheery how-dos—even the one-person media in attendance, also known as me.

  • I thought it could be the most impressive, compact medication packaging ever

    For the last several years I’ve suffered from chronic back pain coupled with an inability to sleep regularly at night. 

    It doesn’t help I spend far more of my time at a desk working than I do exercising. It’s a problem that keeps compounding itself.

  • Brunswick County voters put their opinions where it matters—in the ballot box

    When it comes to elections, I tend to be a bit of a hypocrite. I complain about how much extra work it is, how I can’t wait until Nov. 3, when the elections are behind us.

    But, at the same time, I live for this. Yes, I’m tired, I’m cranky, and most of all, I’m sick of dealing with candidates, but I love it.

    In fact, as much as I say I can’t wait for elections to be over, I hate it more when they finally do come to an end.

    I’m actually a little sad when they end, believe it or not.

  • Some people aren’t that smart and they might not be too proud

    Some people aren’t very smart.

    OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I thought about other ways to say it and this is just as simple as it gets.

    Some people aren’t very smart—particularly people who litter and especially people who throw trash out of the windows of their cars.

    Why?

    Is it too difficult to hang on to whatever trash you have in your car until reach a destination with a trash can?

  • Bridge's 1,119th breakdown surely one of its last

    I don’t really know how many times the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge has broken down.

    The number is written down somewhere in that great tenders’ logbook up in bridge heaven, where this old span—IF THE NEW HIGH-RISE EVER OPENS—is about to go.

    Until that day, “ye olde bridge” suffered another breakdown this past Saturday, and I finally got caught by it.

  • Homemade Halloween costumes provide original looks and memories

    Just about every retailer these days stakes a claim in the Halloween business.

    You can find costumes, wigs, accessories, scary things, gross things and all things spooky at just about every store you venture into. I’m sure for parents on the go, this one-stop shop approach is convenient. But to me, it takes the anticipation and excitement out of the holiday.

    The subject of homemade versus store-bought Halloween costumes came up when talking with friends this weekend, when one said her friend had planned to take her child to buy his costume that day.

  • Smart people don't litter; proud people don't litter

    Some people aren’t very smart.

    OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I thought about other ways to say it and this is just as simple as it gets.

    Some people aren’t very smart—particularly people who litter and especially people who throw trash out of the windows of their cars.

    Why?

    Is it too difficult to hang on to whatever trash you have in your car until reach a destination with a trash can?

  • Want to get scared? There’s plenty to do in the area for Halloween

    It’s no secret how much I love the fall, the month of October, Halloween and everything scary, fun and shocking about the paranormal.

    I cut my journalism teeth while I was a page designer at my first newspaper by doing a series of fun stories on supposedly haunted locations in my hometown.

    My thrill for all things scary—albeit not gory—followed me here to Brunswick County. While I’ve had fewer opportunities to creep around in old buildings hoping to see or hear something unexplained, I still love this time of year.

  • Loud crowds, ‘Fantanos’ and getting answers: it’s all in a day’s work

    Wow. When I signed on to be moderator of the Meet the Candidates Night, I knew things could get interesting.

    Just days before early voting began, and one of the last scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and GOP challenger Ilario Pantano, I was prepared for things to get heated.

    I’m on the Pantano camp’s e-mail list as a member of the press, but I also receive the e-mails they send out to their volunteers and supporters, so I know they ask people to show up to debates, bring friends, bring signs and be loud—very loud.