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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we spent almost every waking hour on the 2017-19 state budget, we handled about 100 amendments to the budget and approved the House budget in the early hours Friday morning, June 2.

  • Ask me about my vacation scar

    During our last chat, right around Mother’s Day, I wrote about my dad and baseball.

    Because I believe in equal time, today I am writing about Mom, with a little more about baseball, but more about what she has had to put up with.

    The stories Mom gets included in, as you’ll soon find out, tend to end in bloodshed.

    Back in my not-so-Little League days, it was Mom who ran my sisters and me to all our practices and games.

  • Kindness is an invaluable lesson for local students

    Last Thursday morning, May 25, I had the privilege of participating in the morning assembly at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School celebrating the completion of another successful Pet Education Program (PEP) by three classes of fourth-graders.

    The program is offered through Paws-Ability, a nonprofit that raises funds for animal causes and advocates for the humane treatment of animals in Brunswick County.

  • Enough is enough

    By Walt Eccard

    Guest Columnist

    Once again, Brunswick County and the towns in Brunswick County face the prospect of a loss of significant revenue because of actions of the North Carolina legislature. The total loss projected for Brunswick County, the 19 municipalities in Brunswick County and the school system this year is about $2.6 million. Shallotte alone faces the loss of $130,000. Legislation that would take this money from Brunswick County has passed the North Carolina Senate and is pending action in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

  • You decide: Can urban and rural areas get along?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife and I have one foot in rural regions and the other in big cities. We were both born and raised in small towns — I in an unincorporated town (meaning it wasn’t big enough to qualify as an official municipality) in Ohio and she in a recognized town (but still tiny) in upstate New York. I have a vague memory of my mother pulling me in a little wagon to the country store for groceries. On the way home, the groceries were in the wagon and I would walk.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had a session at the old Capitol building to honor the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, we finished the individual sections of the House state budget and we passed the budget sections out of committees.

  • Members of Brunswick Environmental Action Team stand ready to perform important work throughout our county

    By Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    Humans are the trustees of the earth and the ocean. We depend on a natural environmental system as a food source and for protection from severe weather events. The same is true for the animals and plants with which we share our environment. North Carolina has more than 2 million acres of estuaries along the coast, which include salt marshes, sounds and beaches. These estuaries are vital for Brunswick County’s tourism and fisheries industries in addition to providing weather protection.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was an unusual week in the North Carolina House of Representatives. We worked into the night on the state budget, we passed bills concerning juvenile justice and shared medical expenses, and I was able to attend an important event two states away.

    This column is being written on a beautiful Saturday morning in north Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I will explain near the end.

  • Holiday starts our tourist, heavy traffic season

    Tourist season is nearly upon us once more, unofficially kicking off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That means we’ll be seeing a lot more traffic on Brunswick County roads through the unofficial end of the season, Labor Day weekend in early September. AAA reported the top five driving destinations in the Carolinas are, in order, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greenville, S.C.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we overrode the governor’s veto on a bill for the fourth time, we handled bills concerning the juvenile justice system and restaurants, and we saw the senate pass their budget and send it to us in the House.