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Columns

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.

  • Compare health insurance plans during open enrollment

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    I am reminding North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage.

    The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15.

  • The importance of a single vote

    As much as I generally despise covering elections and politics as a whole, I can’t deny how fundamentally important the democratic process is to our community.

  • The cat got out of the bag

    Brunswick County made news last week when the economic development director it spent three months searching for resigned just short of four months into the job.

    The reports put the reason for his resignation resulting from inadvertently putting the county’s response to an information request from a tire manufacturer looking for a new plant location in public emails.

    Emails to and from elected officials and county staff are public record and the county set up a computer terminal in 2009 for the public to review the emails.

  • All this rain is getting into my head

    I heard from family who live in the Raleigh area that they received another winter gift of ice last weekend.

    It delayed the adults from going to work first thing Monday morning and kept the kids out of school.

    Hearing about it reminded me of my one, and only, time getting caught out in those elements, which resulted in the adventure of my vehicle sliding around the streets.

  • Showing up should count for something

    I was sitting in a meeting last week mulling over how quickly the seasons can change. This had nothing to do with the weather, I was thinking about how the stores made the abrupt switch from all things pumpkin spice to all peppermint.

    It made me wonder if the jump from harvest time to Christmas overlooks other holiday events that could provide the next great new shelf stuffer that can keep the economy growing.

  • I am suspicious of the bowtie

    Bowties! No good can come from them. Why are they still a thing?

    I have seen a fair amount of bowties lately and I don’t know why.

    Is this the season for them?

    Or is it a result of the hurricane that passed by along with excessive mosquitoes because of all the standing water?

    No matter the reason, I am weary of them as they may be a harbinger of doom.

    I see no reason for the use of the bowtie in the 21st Century.

  • Will Medicaid reform work for you?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Medicaid is the public program assisting limited-income households with their health care expenditures. Begun in 1965, the program is jointly funded by federal and state governments. In North Carolina, the funding split is 65 percent federal money and 35 percent state money.

  • NCDOT reminds motorists to keep alert for deer

    By Kevin Lacy

    Guest Columnist

    As the temperature starts dropping and leaves start falling, another sign of the changing season is more deer along North Carolina roadways, and in turn a greater chance of a collision with a deer.

    Over the last three years (between 2012 and 2014), nearly half of the 58,372 animal-related crashes in the state took place in October through December. About 90 percent of those involved deer.