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Columns

  • A special day to honor a special man

    Longtime Shallotte residents and town officials want to honor one of their own.

    The mayor and board of alderman have proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day” in Shallotte in honor of former alderman and mayor Jerry Jones, who also served as a Brunswick County commissioner for six years.

    In fact, Jones was the board chairman when I arrived at the Beacon.

    More recently, he came back to his “roots” by serving as alderman again until, due to health concerns, he decided not to seek re-election last year.His service will not soon be forgotten.

  • Uncertainties can affect trust in law enforcement officers

    When you’re a victim of a crime, and you feel the investigation into it hasn’t been handled at its best, it can make it difficult to fully trust law enforcement.

    After a college student who had been drinking killed my mother, I had more questions than answers about the investigation.

    Although I had spent years as a journalist building relationships with law enforcement officers, when I was suddenly thrust on the other side of things, distinct lines of trust blurred.

  • Future fisherman begins adventures with outdoorsy family

    Last week I came home from work, and my dad was excited. He wanted to tell me that Levi, my 5-month-old son, picked up a fishing rod for the first time.

    When I was about six months pregnant, my dad went out and bought two little tiny fishing rods, one with a spinning reel and bait casting reel. He was so proud Levi chose the bait cast reel, unlike his mom who prefers the spinning reel.

  • Sandifer leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice

    Brunswick County suffered a great loss last week. We lost a true champion for Brunswick County.

    County commissioners chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was a tireless leader, who always had the best interest of the county in mind.

    He loved this county, and he said so often.

    With every vote he cast, he ran the risk of making half the county unhappy with him.

  • Flights of fancy pondering airlines

    I don’t know why our airlines are in so much trouble.

    But it might have something to do with, “What flies around—in the form of a strict no-refunds policy—flies back around in the form of bad press.”

    I recently learned that lesson the hard way when I had to reschedule two cross-country flights a month earlier than planned.

  • Take time to appreciate the beauty around us

    Every time I see the ocean, its beauty still amazes me.

    Every time I cross one of the high-rise bridges and can see miles and miles of sea and shore, it takes my breath away. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has so much natural beauty.

    Working here makes it even better. Being able to stand on the beach and take pictures of surfers, wildlife or beach visitors and say it’s my job is hard to believe. I feel I am getting the better end of the bargain because it hardly seems like work.

  • Sad, shocking events in Brunswick County leave community numb

    My mind is numb from the goings-on of last week.

    It was as if the community has been in mourning for Ronald Hewett and the sheriff’s department, and rightly so.

    I think we were all stunned and in disbelief from the allegations we read and heard both on television and in print.

    I know full well there are folks on both sides of the aisle who support or denounce Ronald Hewett. I’ve known him personally for almost 30 years, and I know that whatever judgment is handed down, he will stand tall in the saddle.

  • Don't forget to vote in the Beacon's weekly poll

    By now, most of you have visited our Brunswick Beacon Web site, www.brunswickbeacon.com, and hopefully, you’ve voted in our weekly poll.

    Obviously, last week’s poll question about Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s situation has received the largest number of votes we’ve seen in a long time, but don’t stop with that one.

    I, with the help of my colleagues (thanks, Renee, for your help last week) come up with a unique poll question each week based on stories in the current edition.

  • You don't have to wait a week for your breaking news

    When news of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension was breaking, I was driving back from a quick day trip to Asheville.

    It’s a bad feeling to be the editor of a newspaper and be so far away when a big story breaks. At the same time, it was a sinking feeling to know the news broke on our publication day, meaning it would be a week before the news hit our paper in print.

    We have two daily papers and another weekly paper in the market, and we know how important it is to be competitive in getting news to our readers.

  • Spring break brings family and airline troubles

    Most of my family lives northwest Indiana, just a few miles south of Chicago. Being that it’s a 14-hour car drive to Brunswick County, most of my visitors opt to fly.

    And because the cost of an airline ticket these days is not cheap, visitors are few and far between.

    But last week was my lucky week. My cousin Annie and her two little girls came out last Monday, and my parents and sister arrived Saturday.

    Since there is still snow falling back home, everyone decided to seek the warm, North Carolina sunshine during their spring breaks.