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Today's Opinions

  • Vote ‘yes’ on $152M school bond

    Along with the local, state and federal races between candidates that will appear on our ballots for the Nov. 8 general election will be a referendum about a $152 million bond for Brunswick County Schools.

  • County needs more foster homes

    As students in Brunswick County adjust to the new school year that began Aug. 29, experts agree reinforcement of positive habits and a consistent routine are key elements of academic success and overall well-being.

  • Kudos to Sunset Beach for leadership

    Sunset Beach seems to have seen more than its fair share of turmoil in recent years.

    Yet despite being without a mayor and likely down one member of town council as of Aug. 31, the town is functioning on an even keel.

    Ron Watts resigned effective Aug. 16 as mayor after selling his house, while Lou De Vita tendered his resignation from council Aug. 8.

    Town council will vote on accepting De Vita’s resignation at the next board meeting Sept. 6 and will determine how to proceed with filling the remaining year in his term.

  • Students success impacts community

    Students in Brunswick County Schools are preparing to begin the 2016-17 school year Aug. 29, perhaps with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reminding students they will reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

    If they feel uneasy, assure them they are not alone. “Teachers know students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible,” AAP says.

  • Task force critical to drug war

    Brunswick County suffers from two distinct drug problems: prescription and heroin.

    The former is being addressed by the Brunswick Coalition, established last year and modeled after Project Lazarus to focus on prescription painkiller, or opioid, abuse, misuse and addiction. Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County.

  • County sees promising economic outlook

    The most recent data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division show Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased by .3 percent from May to June.

    Brunswick County Association of Realtors statistics show total sales for June were $91,171,000, a 13-percent decrease from the $105,530,000 in June last year; the average sale price decreased 9 percent from $259,916 to $236,190 between June 2015 and June 2016.

    Economic momentum, however, seems to be moving in our county’s favor.

  • Help our students prepare for the new school year

    North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division data for May show Brunswick County has 2,786 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 50,619, putting its unemployment rate at 5.5 percent.

  • Commissioners make right call on farm stands

    Brunswick County enacted Unified Development Ordinance regulations in 2009 that put a stop to roadside stands but include exceptions that allow a property owner who grows produce on his or her property to sell the produce on site, even if it is on a roadside.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners decided to revisit those regulations this year after the county’s planning board in May unanimously approved recommending text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance designed to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands.