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Columns

  • Volunteering ain’t what it used to be

    Volunteering your time, talents and money to help others is one of the noblest things you can do. “Paying it forward,” everyone giving back a little of what they’ve been blessed with helps everyone.

    But with the latest generation of retirees staying busy with second careers, part-time jobs, family obligations and the like, the old ways of volunteering just aren’t as appealing.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • Let them eat Gelato: Pelosi, Dems take to Rome after hastily passing stimulus bill

    In a brazen move reminiscent of Detroit’s auto giants arriving in Washington via private jets to beg for federal bailout money, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic lawmakers hopped on a plane and headed to Rome after hurriedly passing the stimulus bill through Congress.

  • Do you think you know who is best in Brunswick? Vote for them now

    There are a lot of opinions about people who have opinions. Some are more than happy to give you an opinion about what you can do with your opinion whenever you try to share it.

    Has not knowing what someone’s reaction to your opinion maybe ever prompted you to hold your tongue and say nothing at all? Have you ever been afraid to speak up about something because you’re not sure how others will react?

  • The power behind the people at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative

    How much do you really know about your home or business electricity? Do you ever wonder where it comes from, who’s behind it, and how they’re working to better the environment?

    In an introductory six-part series, I’ll answer these questions.

    At Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative, we’re here for you. It is our job to ensure your lights stay on. We’re a team of professionals dedicated to our members in Brunswick, Columbus, as well as parts of Bladen and Robeson counties.

  • Redefining Valentine’s Day for everyone

    Valentine’s Day is the day most people associate with sweetheart dances, romantic dinners, flowers and candy.

    But, believe it or not, Valentine’s Day also has a historical connection to the biblical definition of love: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    Church history records that St. Valentine was a priest who performed marriages in secret and was martyred because he refused to recognize pagan gods. That’s a little more devotion to real love than any Hallmark card ever told us about.

  • Public humiliation may not be the answer for struggling student's woes

    Many parents have probably dealt with a child who does all the assigned homework but simply forgets to turn it in.

    Not turning in homework proved to be Trenton O’Neil’s downfall, as the Virginia teenager failed several classes for not turning in completed homework assignments to his teachers.

    His father, Don General Jr., said he and his wife tried everything from supervising his homework, talking to teachers, and even having him medically examined for underlying learning disabilities that might be keeping him from turning in his work.

  • Worst Valentine's gifts are real heartbreakers

    A weed whacker, cellulite cream, a Campbell’s Soup thermos, a mushroom-growing kit, a heart-shaped potato—what do these items have in common? They’re among less-than-lovely presents submitted in Talbots women’s retailer’s worst Valentine’s Day gifts contest.

    They’re also on a lengthening list of things not to give your beloved on the day of love, if you don’t want to find yourself written about on the Internet.

  • The Phantoms of Saint Valentine’s Day

    The shallow definitions of Valentine’s Day given by resources like Wikipedia miss the point. This article will draw you closer to the actual fun and understanding of this special day.

    You may have witnessed a valentine phantom in action and have wondered about the phenomenon. Here is interesting firsthand information:

    Profiling the Phantoms

    The basis for establishing an accurate criminal profile is a meticulous examination and reporting of the crime scene. Through analysis of the known facts, an accurate profile is established and understood.

  • The groundhog says: Six more weeks of winter await us

    Don’t put those sweaters away—according to old Punxsutawny Phil there’ll be six more weeks of winter.

    On Feb. 2, I turned on the morning news and watched as reporters were on location just outside the groundhog’s hole. There they were standing around, whispering—waiting for the groundhog to emerge from his hollow home.