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Columns

  • 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.

  • Old news sparks new interest in wild western Brunswick County

    Brunswick County has had its share of wildness and shoot-‘em-up, drink-‘em-up, sting-‘em-up news.

    Since the beginning of time—or at least since the debut nearly 48 years ago of the old Shallotte Press—soon to be renamed The Brunswick Beacon by reader Jo Ann Simmons, who won $50 in a newspaper-naming contest—there’s been plenty of news in this county to justify the cost of applying ink to paper and charging a fee for it.

  • It’s all fun and games right until someone gets stung by wasps

    My great-grandmother made it clear. My cousin and I were to stay far away from the old pickup truck she had parked near some trees in a clearing.

    Seems the truck had been there some time, not running, and wasps had decided it was as good a place as any to call home.

    “If you don’t want to get stung, stay away from it,” she said.

    My cousin and cohort in crime smiled with his back turned toward her and nodded in my direction. We headed outside.

  • Don’t wait for November; be the change you wish to see

    What is wrong with our country?

    How and when did we get this way?

    When are we going to wake up before it’s too late?

    At 29 years old, I feel like that’s something my grandparents’ generation should be saying, but the past 18 or so months have aged me it seems.

    We want to blame Washington for out-of-touch policies, out-of-control spending and a general sense they’re all out of their minds (a point I won’t argue), but here at home I fear we aren’t much more in touch.

  • As long as we’re somewhere in the middle, we’re probably where we need to be

    I signed into Facebook recently and found a number of my friends had recently “liked” the page called “Being Conservative.”

    I clicked on the list and perused the names of those who were enthusiastic about giving a social media network a glimpse into their political opinions.

    “Hmm, what about ‘Being Liberal’?” I wondered.

    I typed it into the search bar and soon a list of “Being Liberal” Facebook pages was returned.

  • Stay calm and be prepared with a plan during hurricane season

    Hurricane season is under way.

    And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a storm brewing in the Atlantic—they call her Danielle—and she is a full-fledged tropical storm.

    The good news is they think she is staying clear of our coast.

    Locals are probably thinking, “No big deal.” But to me, a southern transplant who’s still relatively new to the whole hurricane concept, the H-word still makes me cringe just a tiny bit.

  • Summertime—and reunions bloom easy

    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone is planning a reunion.

    Locally, both classes of ’55 (as in 1955) from the old Union and Shallotte high schools recently reunited at Jerome’s Steak & Seafood in Shallotte for their respective 55th reunions.

    That’s noteworthy.

    I was cordially invited to both, but cordially declined because I’m not 55 yet.

    Besides, I had my own upcoming, better-late-than-never reunion to worry about and, honestly, how many of these can a body take every five to 10 years?