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Columns

  • 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.

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed two bills out of the House Transportation Committee dealing with ferries and with light rail projects; we honored our veterans with a resolution on the House floor; and we completed the individual sections of the House budget.

  • It’s time to bask in nature’s serenity

    You might think after nearly three years of living in Brunswick County I’d be thoroughly acclimated to its environment and the animals that call it home, particularly inland, but you would be mistaken.

    Also, if you’re heading up U.S. 17 at a pretty good clip and get stuck behind a blue car doing the speed limit because its driver is craning her neck to gawk at an egret fishing in a ditch full of water along the shoulder, I apologize in advance.

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we began meeting daily to work on the budget, our policy committees began meeting to approve bills for referral to the House floor and we approved several bills adjusting tax laws and unemployment insurance.

  • You decide: Will interest rates remain low?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years before Washington, D.C., and was the first city to be named after George Washington.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Recognizing, rewarding student excellence

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On Feb. 26, through executive proclamation, Gov. Pat McCrory declared April as North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month. In the proclamation, he recognized that for 53 years, North Carolina Community Colleges have opened the doors to education for millions of North Carolinians, serving about 730,000 students per year.