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Columns

  • Hurricane season barreling down upon us once again

    Can you believe 2011 is almost halfway through?

    Can you believe hurricane season has officially begun?

    That’s how it goes.

    Just when we’re finally out of the woods of a long, somewhat coldish winter (forcing some of us weather-wimps to don socks and jackets and baby-striped knit caps), we enter into warm-weather season. It always brings its “four H’s” downside—heat, humidity, hurricanes, and horrible summer TV.

  • A quick thanks to the two men with the worst imaginable jobs

    Let’s face it: The two people in Brunswick County with the worst jobs are Frank Iler and Bill Rabon. The worst, and it’s not even close.

    I’m serious—the hours, the travel, the pressure—no amount of money could make me want either of their jobs.

    Speaking of money, there’s not much in it, either.

    Being a state legislator doesn’t come with the nearly $200,000-a-year salary that members of Congress receive.

  • Go ahead and disagree, but be more creative than calling me stupid

    You would think most journalists would cringe when a reader sends a scathing letter to the editor.

    You would think most journalists would want to crawl under a desk when someone openly disagrees with a column or story their heart and soul put into creating.

  • Thank you, Brunswick County, for making this a beautiful place to call home

    There’s a fortune from a cookie taped to the edge of my desk in the Beacon newsroom.

    I cant remember how long it’s been there or when I put it there, but it seems appropriately fitting for my next adventure.

    The fortune says, “Take the chance while you still have the choice.” And at the end of this week, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.

  • Americans have the right to see the Osama bin Laden death photo

    Last week the White House announced President Barack Obama would not release a photo of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

  • The taco saga

    The anticipation and talk around town about the opening of Taco Bell in Shallotte has caused me to chuckle the past few weeks. I am not saying I am not as enthusiastic about the new fast food option in Shallotte, I just have never heard such a buzz for a taco.

    The restaurant was originally scheduled to open on Monday morning but owners delayed per the request of the police chief.

  • Gun-toting, malt liquor-swilling ‘gangstas’ probably don’t read newspapers

    Get out your pens. Fire up your computer. Log onto that email account.

    After reading this, many of you will feel the urge to write a letter to the editor. Please do.

    This column will offend some of you, even if it only offends your self-righteous

    political correctness many of us can’t seem to break free from.

    I’ve read (and even written stories) with a heavy heart about South Brunswick High School football star Marcus Hankins’ murder.

  • There are moments in our lives we will always remember

    There are moments in our lives when we will never forget where we were or what we were doing.

  • History is made as we come full circle almost 10 years later

    I’m a sucker for reality TV—especially when LaToya Jackson and Gary Busey are involved—so I’ve been hooked to “Celebrity Apprentice” all season long.

    But to my knowledge, the only person “fired” Sunday night was Osama bin Laden, as the anticipation of President Obama’s remarks overtook NBC minutes away from Donald’s signature catchphrase and cobra-like hand gesture.

  • Another Mother's Day without her kids

    Amy Smith is just $1,300 away from her day in court and winning back custody of her sons. She hopes.

    This coming Mother’s Day will mark the third in a row that the Ash mom has been without her two children, Brody and Nathan, ages 8 and 6.

    It’s been two-and-a-half years since the boys were moved to Kitchener, Ontario, where Smith’s estranged husband, Shawn, managed to wrest custody and ignite a legal morass that has put Smith on the short end of parental rights within the Canadian court system.