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Today's Opinions

  • County’s economic efforts require direction, stability

    Brunswick County’s economic development leadership has been in a state of flux for too long.

    In 2015, following an examination of discrepancies revealed during the budgeting process and subsequent resignation of every member of the Economic Development Commission’s board, county commissioners dissolved the EDC, made economic development a county department and put it under the auspices of the county planning department.

  • Time is now for safe home heating readiness

    We do not know the cause of the blaze that destroyed a Navassa residence this past weekend, but we know the risk of household fires increases when temperatures outside drop.

    Last month, the Office of the State Fire Marshal urged all North Carolinians to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they function properly. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” N.C. Department of Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey said.

  • Remember charities during season of giving

    This Friday, Brunswick County will begin accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP. The annual program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help impoverished households offset winter heating expenses.

    It also serves to remind us that while we are preparing to celebrate the holidays, many of our neighbors are struggling to survive.

    Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday were followed this past week by Giving Tuesday, a day meant to encourage charitable giving across the globe in the season of goodwill.

  • Support our local economy on Shop Small Saturday

    Nov. 25 will make the seventh anniversary of Shop Small Saturday, which follows Black Friday and precedes Cyber Monday and was established through the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration and American Express.

  • Time to move on following Simmons plea and sentence

    The story of an embezzlement scheme that began more than 17 years ago has finally ended in a court of law.

    Harry Simmons, former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after pleading guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • Union Elementary deserves recognition

    Union Elementary School received national attention recently, and for one of the best reasons: On Oct. 26, the school in Shallotte was named the 2017 North Carolina National Title I Distinguished School.

    Union principal Vickie Smith said a Title I school is one where more than half of the student population applies for and receives free or reduced lunch. She said Union has about 63 percent who apply for it.

  • Election outcomes will guide futures of our towns

    Voting is a right too many citizens continue to take for granted in our country.

    It is a right that was not granted to people of color, including former slaves, until 1870.

    It was not granted to women until 1920.

    It has been one of the rights for which our military services members fought to protect, just as much as the ideals the American flag symbolizes, just as much our right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest.

  • Help end domestic violence: support Hope Harbor

    October is observed annually as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but this societal ill knows no season.

    Here in Brunswick County, we are fortunate to have a resource like Hope Harbor Home helping to address, treat and eradicate the problem. Since it was established in 1988, Hope Harbor has offered round-the-clock response to domestic violence victims and their children. It operates a shelter that is staffed at all times and can house as many as 15 women and children.