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Columns

  • Fair may be a fun way to boost business, local appeal

    I was quite surprised and pleased when I learned about a local group’s plans for a “family day fair and exposition” next year in Shallotte.

    The goal of the four-day event is to bring people into town for fun, entertainment and to support local businesses. My recent interview with the organizers started me thinking about the various fairs I attended over the years, particularly the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

  • Good teachers leave lasting, lifetime impressions on young people

    I am who I am today because people like you believed in me.

    Those are the words I would say to Cindy Ethington, a beloved teacher from my hometown who died July 16 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

    I got to know Mrs. E shortly after she began her teaching career at Bardstown Middle School. She and fellow teacher Janet Carrico had applied for a grant for a unique student program. Through it, BMS students were selected to spend a good portion of their summer, and then most of the school year, traveling and learning about Kentucky’s history.

  • If I'm at the movies, I'm doing research

    One of the perks of journalism is the constant opportunity to get out and circulate.

    If you see a reporter hanging out at the beach on a sunny summer weekday, for example, chances are he/she is taking photographs and/or interviewing people for a future story.

  • Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future

    It’s a good thing we use battery back-ups, or the space for this week’s column would be blank inches of newsprint.

    Monday’s mid-afternoon downpour in Shallotte caused a chorus of thunder and lightning—causing the Beacon’s power to flicker and computers to begin their own chorus of buzzing and other gut-wrenching sounds—before the rain ever fell.

  • YWCA tries to ease concerns about YMCA name change

    I should have expected it. In the wake of the YMCA’s announcement that it has officially change its name to “The Y,” its sister association, the YWCA, has issued a statement about its concerns over name recognition—ensuring the public that it, too, can still be referred to as “The Y” in casual conversations.

  • Think your pet ought to be in pictures? Let us share it with our readers

    Ever take a look at your favorite pet and think it’s so adorable everyone needs to see it?

    If so, we have a great outlet for you.

    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon features a Pet of the Week on our homepage at www.brunswickbeacon.com. We also share our selected Pet of the Week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brunswickbeacon.

    While our submissions so far have been cats and dogs, we welcome submissions of photographs of all types of pets you’ve welcomed to your home—birds, snakes, lizards, mice, hamsters, fish...you name it.

  • Some potty-mouthed mothers could use a little training of their own

    “Mommy, I want sumpin’ to drink,” wailed the unhappy toddler from the backseat. “I want juice.”
    “I know, honey,” I said. “I’ll get you some when I get home. Mommy’s driving right now.”
    “Oh-kay,” he said whimpering.
    I glanced in the rearview mirror. My 2-year-old son was slumped in his car seat, sticking Spiderman and Blue’s Clues stickers on my car’s back window. He appeared to be occupied for the moment.

  • Federal elections: Where all roads to Washington are lined in dollar signs

    Somewhere along the line I learned a valuable, on-the-job lesson—follow the money.

    Let me rephrase that—always follow the money.

    There might be some twists and turns along the way, but, more often than not, it will usually take you to where you want to go.

    This fiscal rule of thumb pertains to politicians and government officials who are in or are yet to be in office. Campaign finance reports, for instance, are like a window into a candidate’s brain. You thought I was going to say soul, didn’t you?

  • A moment of silence for the passing of a name that sparked a dance revolution

    You know you’ve done it.

    Nine out of 10 people who hear the classic Village People song “YMCA” at a sporting event, wedding or the local karaoke bar are genetically programmed to start singing along and making the letters with their arms.

    Most of us have come to terms with this predisposition and have stopped fighting it. We’ll start awkwardly flailing our arms the minute we hear the first notes of the song coming over the speakers.

  • Tuning into tidbits on a day at the pool

    I was just drifting along, floating on a lazy river on a lazy summer afternoon, feeling I had few worries when a child’s voice rang out.

    “I’m killing ants!” he announced as he stomped and mashed at the edge of the pool.

    “Noooo, Mikey,” protested another boy floating by on his own borrowed yellow inner tube. “It’s nature.”

    Mikey didn’t care about nature.