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Columns

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Energy efficiencies

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Consider the energy and manpower wasted in running and repairing aging chillers, boilers, air handlers and lighting systems. Add the energy lost from every leaky window, every outdated control and every high-volume toilet and faucet. The waste is astounding. To compound matters, poor indoor environmental quality is produced by the poor ventilation, over-ventilation and humidity control issues in buildings that produce this waste. Energy waste equates to financial waste.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed two major transportation bills, one I sponsored and one I opposed; we got a glimpse of the Senate’s version of the 2016-17 budget; and we saw two bills involving Sunset Beach pass the Senate.

    On May 30, I was privileged to attend the Memorial Day celebration and observance for our fallen military heroes at the Battleship North Carolina.

  • Appreciate novel approach to military appreciation

    I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend this past week.

  • What does Memorial Day mean to us?

    By Steve Randone

    Guest Columnist

    It has been an amazing year full of ups and downs for this ‘ol country boy who is now a beach bum. I sit here tonight, writing this column, knowing if I don’t clear my mind of the clutter of the day, words will surely escape me. So what do I write about that will give knowledge and enlightenment to readers? What can I write about that will be different from the numerous columns I have written in the past that were mused over with pleasure or even reluctance in some instances?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a new bill dealing with coal ash cleanup, we had many visitors from hospitals, homebuilders and rural electric communities, and we had visitors concerning a Sunset Beach de-annexation bill.

  • Time to take my medicine

    The other day, I called a pharmacy to refill a prescription for my 14-year-old cat, Linus, and made arrangements to pick it up the next day at a certain time and place. For a second consecutive time, though, it wasn’t ready or available despite the arrangements.

    I was steamed not so much because of the inconvenience, but because Linus needed his prescription as soon as possible, on account of his advanced age and health. There’s nothing more important to me in this world than my family, and Linus is my baby boy.

  • Communication breakdowns offer teachable moments

    Last Thursday night, I returned to the office to finish a few tasks I didn’t complete before my dinner date with my high school boyfriend’s parents here in Shallotte.

    Robert and Kathy Hall, of King, have known me most of my life, starting when I dated their only child back in the ‘80s. They, like Keith, have been my dear friends since then. These days, they venture to Brunswick County with members of their church at least once a year. Ever since I moved here almost three years ago, they’ve made a point of treating me to dinner during their visit.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.

  • Remembering their sacrifice

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    Every year on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

    Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security. It is also a time to thank our veterans who have served as well as our men and women in uniform who are serving.