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  • Starting county meetings with closed session is best for me ... or, I mean, everyone

    County commissioners have begun planning for the next fiscal year – receiving updates on department needs, considering funding requests and creating legislative items to push for.

    Since they are making plans for the new fiscal year and how they will run things in 2015-16, I want to speak out on one policy that needs to be rolled back to 2013-14.

    Re-arrange the board meetings so the closed session is first thing on the agenda once more.

    I don’t ask this selfishly…

  • A whole new you in about an hour

    We are eight days into the new year and, from experience, I’m guessing that for many enough time has passed that those new year’s resolutions are starting to become a real burden if they haven’t been dumped outright.

    From Thanksgiving through Jan. 2 most people’s schedules get thrown off to the point that a resolution or two seem almost do-able, until we settle back into our normal routines in the first week of the year.

    It turns out it’s tougher than it appears to make those lifestyle changes.

  • May all your Christmases be white

    It’s Christmas time, so how about a Christmas tale?

    One of the reasons I left Florida years and years ago was to get away from the rather monotonous seasons that I grew up with.

    In Florida, the seasons aren’t based on the weather or the calendar. Instead of spring, summer, winter and fall there was allergy season, football season and spring training season.

    Oh, there is also a Christmas season.

    Throughout each of these seasons, the temperature didn’t change much, just the amount of yard work.

  • Technology has replaced maturity for me

    I realized recently I hit the two-year mark here in Brunswick County and was thinking about writing about how in a mere eight years, give or take a few, I will no longer be looked at like a stranger who wandered into town.

    But then I had to do some thinking about how can I become a responsible citizen of Brunswick County by 2022 if I still haven’t become responsible.

    I came to this thought provoking realization the other day when my water was shut off.

  • As of Nov. 1 , winter has arrived

    “Aren’t you cold?”

    I heard that question at least twice Saturday, making Nov. 1 the unofficial/official start of winter.

    I went to the Riverwalk Park at Belville to see how the barbecuing was going at the Bikes Boots and BBQ festival.

    Unfortunately, the event was rained out due to the downpours that hit early Saturday morning.

  • Stop worrying and learn to love the zipper

    “The Zipper” is happening.

    For some of you, that’s all you needed to hear to have already figured out what I am talking about and are equally excited as I am.

    Others are perplexed, but I will let you in on my shorthand so you can join the rest of us in spreading the good news.

    The NCDOT has embraced, or should I say finally embraced, the zipper, which is only the simplest, easiest most obvious way to get stalled traffic moving along on highways, city streets or anywhere vehicles travel.

  • It pays to beware of scam artists

    Charlatans have plagued society throughout most of human history. While their methods have evolved with modern times, their goal remains unchanged: to swindle as much money as they can from honest people. Their victims, unfortunately, include many Brunswick County residents.

  • No matter the theme, fall festivals are funnel cake havens

    Funnel Cake Festival.

    Why hasn’t anyone come up with that yet?

    We are on the cusp of fall festival season and no matter what the theme of each weekend’s gathering may be, the one thing everyone keeps an eye out for at these events is the funnel cake booth.

    I’ve already witnessed it firsthand the last two weekends.

    When a funnel cake is spotted out in the open, it always turns heads as folks try to retrace the steps of the lucky people in possession of funnel cake to determine its place of origin.

  • Name change could signal whole new image for Carolina Shores

    Do the “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores” need a name change?

    That was a suggestion a citizen had at last week’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    The idea, in fact, came from resident Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter, who previously served as mayor when the town was still “married up” with the neighboring town of Calabash, prior to their 1998 divorce, that is.

  • Brunswick County’s future really does lie across the border

    Judging from last week’s decision by the N.C. House of Representatives, it appears North Carolina is going to have a difficult time bringing industry to the state when so many other Southern states are more willing to spread around incentive money to close the deal.

    But that’s North Carolina’s problem. Brunswick County has options.

    You may recall that a year or so ago there was a bit of an uproar about the federal government breaking Brunswick County away from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.