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Today's Opinions

  • Be smart on the beach

    We in Brunswick County pride ourselves on the tranquility of our beaches, which are the destinations of so many every summer. In fact, our tourism development authority’s marketing slogan touts our community as offering “more beach for your blanket.”

    The prospect of enjoying peace, calm and quiet along the shore is what draws most people to our area every season.

    And yet we are holding our collective breaths that this summer proves to be far less eventful than last when four people lost their lives in rip currents in less than 36 hours.

  • Stay safe on summer travels

    Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and despite what the calendar shows, summer is under way in Brunswick County.

    That means balmy weather, lots of recreational activities and festivals for residents and vacationers — and the return of a huge increase in traffic on our roadways as visitors flock to our community.

    Careless and impaired drivers are hazards at any time of year, but odds are their numbers will increase exponentially based on the sheer number of motorists in our area at this time of year.

  • Stick with school schedule for a change

    What was intended to be an adjustment to improve student performance and maintain efficiency turned into a scheduling debacle for Brunswick County Schools for a third consecutive year.

  • Young graduates, prepare for adulthood

    On Friday, May 9, Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees Chairman John Jones likened life as a college graduate to riding the waves of the ocean.

    We think the same analogy applies to high school graduates, as students from West, North and South Brunswick high schools prepare for that transition this time next month.

  • Use your head: Report injuries

    Anytime student athletes step onto a field, a court or a track, they place themselves at risk.

    With all the benefits sports provide — such as the reinforcement of the values of discipline, teamwork, leadership and responsibility, the development of confidence and serving as an outlet for their energy — the potential for injury always exists.

  • Primary election voting a vital civic duty

    The day of the 2014 primary election, Tuesday, May 6, is almost upon us, but voting is already under way for six contested seats and an advisory referendum on a proposed quarter-cent Brunswick County sales and use tax.

    The purpose of the primary is to nominate a candidate to represent a political party in the Nov. 4 general election.

  • Growing pains in Leland, Belville should pay off

    The relatively young Brunswick County town of Leland is experiencing a growth spurt, as reflected in the many building projects under way.

    Town staff and police are in the process of moving into a wing of the long-awaited new town hall.

    An 18,000-square-foot building that sits off U.S. 17, at 1212 Magnolia Village Way, is being transformed into a highly anticipated cultural arts center. Plans are being finalized for a much-needed new senior center. And work has begun to create the first public water access at Sturgeon Creek Park.

  • Trial outcome serves as wake-up call

    On Thursday, a jury of 53-year-old Richard Hugh Grissett’s Brunswick County peers convicted him of first-degree murder and other charges related to the Nov. 12, 2012, slaying of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward.

    Under state law, Judge Wayland Sermons had no choice but to order Grissett to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of being released.