• Events give ‘expo’nential exposure to local businesses, services

    Let me start my column this week by thanking everyone who participated in the Beacon’s 11th annual Health Expo this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. Even though I’ve been here almost four years (Can you believe it? Time really does fly when you’re having fun.), this was the first time I had the chance to spend almost all day at this event.

  • My view on the Hill during the Bowling Green Massacre

    It’s still vivid in my mind despite it being nearly six years later. Memories like that just sear in your mind, no matter how hard you try to forget.

    But as a former Western Kentucky University student who resided in Bowling Green, Ky., for nearly five years from fall 2009 to spring 2014, it’s time to for me to finally talk about what happened in May 2011 on the Hill.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives more of our policy committees began meeting to handle bills, we passed several key bills and we filed up to 120 bills so far, some of which I sponsored.

  • A little kindness still goes a long way

    One of my favorite things about being a community newspaper editor is getting great response from readers about what we publish and the community we serve.

  • Whether in an ad or a letter, freedom of speech rules

    The news department and the advertising department are two separate departments at the Beacon, just as they are at any other newspaper, but that sure didn’t stop several people from contacting me about the “impeach Trump” ad we published in last week’s edition.

    Since they did, I’m happy to answer these questions I received about it:

  • How can we get to 4 percent economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the major goals of the new Trump Administration is to increase the rate of economic growth in the country. The objective is to move from the 2 percent annual growth rate of recent years to 4 percent.

    What exactly does this mean? Technically, the national economic growth rate is measured by the annual change in “real gross domestic product.” Translated from economic jargon, this is the growth in the country’s production of both goods and services.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored the Boy Scouts of America on its 107th anniversary, we began holding policy committee meetings to handle key bills and we passed two major bills out of committee.

  • Driving in Brunswick County is slowly driving me mad

    Dear lady driving the red SUV, you drive like a crazy person. You have me wondering if Brunswick County attracts crazy person drivers or if this place turns people crazy once they get behind the wheel.

    Because I think it might be getting to me, too.

    This happened recently: I was headed back to the Beacon one evening, driving along White Street toward the stop sign at Smith Avenue.

    As I have mentioned in the past, there is something about stop signs — really any type of intersection — in Brunswick County that makes people lose their minds.

  • Thanking God for the gift of Linus Torok

    My mom brought me back to my home in Darlington, S.C., from my parents’ house in the Triad where they’d taken me so I could lay my beloved cat Kobi to rest about two weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    As soon as I unlocked the front door to my home and felt Kobi’s absence, I’d burst into tears.

    “Let’s get back in the car and you can tell me where the animal shelter is,” Mom said. “You need a kitty.”

  • On Campus with BCC: The Firebirds of Brunswick County Early College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Secanda Seifred, counselor to the Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) Firebirds, shares a bit of the history of the Early College High School (ECHS) and the personal reward she has experienced as one of the founders of this North Carolina STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) School of Distinction.