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Columns

  • 'Dueling ceremonies' familiar Memorial Day scenario in Calabash

    Calabash has to be the most patriotic town in Brunswick County, if not North Carolina and the entire United States.

    For the past decade, as best my not-so-baby (boomer) memory strains to serve me, I have covered Memorial Day ceremonIES in the Seafood Capital.

    I stress the plural part because, as most Calabash Seafood Capitalists know by now, the town traditionally has two, even three, ceremonies paying tribute to our fallen heroes, veterans and active-duty service members alike.

    This is an absolutely good thing.

  • Busing situation lacks consistency

    In the newsroom we often hear about stories we aren’t involved in covering, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing.

    This week, that story is the board of education’s decision to switch back to a traditional bussing schedule.

    A surprising twist considering our man with the school system, Sam Hickman, had explained the superintendent intended to switch the high school and elementary route times, but remain on a staggered bus schedule.

  • Florence Bruce at age 100

    By Verniece E. Stanley

    Guest Columnist

    The first half of the 19th century, freed blacks had increasing difficulties surviving.

    Florence Bruce was born in Bolivia on May 22, 1914. She can tell how her father got the land. The land deeds were kept by grandparents and given to him to keep as a young man. The land was located near a plantation. The owners were no longer living there. Most of the soil was good for farming. Farming was a way of life with a family.

  • General Assembly report

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina Senate convened the 2014 Short Session. The new Senate members were recognized and seated on opening day, Wednesday, May 14. They are Jeff Jackson from Charlotte, Joyce Kraweic from Kernersville and Terry Van Duyn from Asheville. Inductees from the NASCAR Hall of Fame were also recognized that day. We finished up tasks from the interim committees. We are now working in standing committees. We are off to a fast start and are excited about our plans for this session.

  • From the state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Although the General Assembly kicked off last week, things began to heat up before the gavel came down at noon Wednesday, May 14. There were various committees and meetings all over Raleigh. Of course, most of them were in the Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building. About 300 bills were filed which covered a variety of subjects, including taxes, education, transportation and local issues.

  • Owning your opinion a risk worth taking

    I got a letter to the editor late last month regarding a primary election candidate. It was worth publishing and provided documentation, except it lost legitimacy for being unsigned. Well, it was signed “Concerned Citizen for Truth and Dignity in Elections, (I May be old but I am a good researcher!), Supply, N.C.” but I couldn’t find anyone by that name in any directory at my disposal.

  • From the state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    As you are reading this, the North Carolina General Assembly will be beginning the short session. We will convene at high noon Wednesday, May 14. There are several reasons it’s called the short session. They include the length of about six to eight weeks as compared with the six-month session last year, the limited number of bills we can consider, and that we are adjusting to the two-year budget rather than passing a new one. We have been assured by the Speaker that he plans to make it a “short” short session.

  • May is National Foster Care Month

    By Tamela Jones
    Guest Columnist

    Children in foster care have experienced far too many disappointments and hardships in their lives. Each May, since 1988, National Foster Care Month has raised awareness for the needs of our children, to show appreciation to our foster parents who have opened their homes to neglected and abused children and to recognize the dedication of social workers and Guardians ad Litem who support and work with these children and families.  

  • It takes all kinds of moms for all kinds

    This was the first Mother’s Day I haven’t spent time with my mom in person since Darlington Raceway down in South Carolina, where I used to live and work, had a NASCAR race on Mother’s Day weekend. Race week and weekend in Darlington meant all hands on deck for news coverage, and rarely did I escape my newspaper duties to head to North Carolina and see Mom.

  • Town commissioner recalls Kent State on 44th anniversary

    May 4, 1970.

    The day is etched in Greg Davis’ mind.

    It’s the date of the Kent State University shootings, also known as the Kent State Massacre, when four students were killed and nine others injured by the Ohio National Guard during an on-campus Vietnam War protest.

    Davis, a Carolina Shores town commissioner, was a 19-year-old freshman at Kent State when the shots rang out. Not only did he hear it, he witnessed the incident from his third-story dormitory room.