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Today's Opinions

  • Shallotte poised for re-awakening

    Once upon a time, Shallotte might have been called a sleepy little Brunswick County town. Those days are over.

  • Consider school report card data carefully
  • Better heart health benefits everyone

    The heart became a symbol of St. Valentine’s Day, traditionally celebrated every Feb. 14, centuries ago in many countries. Fifty-one years ago, the United States took the symbol a step further by observing all of February as American Heart Month in an effort to promote better health.

  • BCC celebrates 30 years of small business support

    While officials are examining the potential for retail and other economic growth in Brunswick County using up-to-date data and input from residents as well as visitors, it is important to remember the overwhelming majority of the county’s employers are small businesses.

    The development of those entrepreneurial endeavors, here and across the Tar Heel State, have been supported for the past three decades by the Small Business Center (SBC) Network of the North Carolina Community College System.

  • Residents should dictate how tax dollars are spent

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is trying to determine how to proceed on upgrades to five of the county’s 13 parks without incurring debt or raising taxes.

    The process thus far has been pay-as-you go, with planned improvements to Town Creek, Waccamaw, Smithville District, Shallotte District and Ocean Isle Beach being ranked on the county’s yearly capital improvement plan (CIP). But not even a month into 2015, commissioners are quibbling over which of those parks should get first dibs on available funds.

  • Take flu epidemic seriously

    Most of the nation — including North Carolina — is in the throes of a flu epidemic, according to the latest map by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The situation is serious enough that it prompted Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to ask those who are not patients and younger than 18 to stay out of its facilities for now. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington soon followed suit, enacting a similar policy prohibiting those 12 and younger from visiting its locations.

  • Programs, tips help residents brave cold

    Brunswick County is looking at its first major cold snap of the year this week, with nighttime temperatures expected to drop to as low as 17 degrees.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we are unlikely to experience a repeat of the early 2014 deep freeze that coated our area with a thick layer of ice. One caveat: The winter forecast favors below-average temperatures in southeastern states.

  • Road projects create too many hazards, headaches

    Too many efforts to make Brunswick County roads and bridges safer and more convenient are posing serious risks and creating major hardships as we enter a new year.

    Some discomfort is to be expected during times of change, as indicated by endless clichés like “no pain, no gain” and “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

    But some projects under way by the North Carolina Department of Transportation seem to have given little thought to the people who live, work and travel here.