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Today's Opinions

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee: A report to the community

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In fall semester 2017, Brunswick Community College launched the Brunswick Guarantee (BG), a scholarship program funded by Brunswick County to provide free in-state tuition, fees and books ($750 per semester) to qualified high school graduates from Brunswick County public, private, or home schools. Commissioners approved funding the initiative until June 30, 2020, with a maximum investment not to exceed $200,000 per year.

  • Thank you for supporting Warm Homes, Warm Hearts

    To the editor:

    Part of our mission at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. is to serve our community. One of the ways we do this is through our heating assistance program, Warm Homes, Warm Hearts. Every year since 2008 our members, board of directors, and employees have generously donated to this campaign, and BEMC always matches each dollar up to $50,000 per year. One hundred percent of those funds go to Warm Homes, Warm Hearts. Together we have raised $831,659 since the program’s beginning to assist our neighbors in need.

  • Civil Air Patrol offers thanks

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Brunswick County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol NC 170, I would like to thank all the residents of Brunswick County and those from other areas who contributed to the 2017 Wreaths Across American campaign.

    This national event distributed 1,565,000 wreaths, more than 500 truckloads, to 1,422 locations to be placed on veteran’s graves in all national cemeteries worldwide plus other designated cemeteries Dec. 16, 2017.

  • BFA shares its Christmas story

    To the editor:

    I wanted to let you know Brunswick Family Assistance’s Christmas distribution this year was a huge success! After all was said and done, we helped make Christmas possible for 1,295 low-income children and seniors in Brunswick County this year.

  • Officials should resolve to read our newspaper

    When I was going through Leadership Brunswick County, presenters told us about the goings-on in the organizations they represent. Without exception, every event and development they described had already been reported in the pages of this newspaper. As the editor, it made me proud to know our news team has its finger on the pulse of our community.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seemed as if we were in session the last four weeks in Raleigh, with committees meeting every few days. Since Thanksgiving, I have had meetings on transportation, education, river water quality and other environmental issues.

  • Where do Brunswick County’s homeless go in rainy, cold weather?

    The Rev. Donna Phelps

    Guest Columnist

    It’s raining and where do I go?

    This question came to mind today as I watched the rain pour down my windshield in the old Streetreach van. To be honest, the elements won’t be a walk in the park, but everyone has walked in the rain at some point. It’s natural. From the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor, the rain lands on everyone’s head from time to time.

  • Seasonal sickness is a cruddy thing to deal with

    It started with a twinge, then the tickle of a noxious feather at the back of my throat.

    Like most people, I survived Thanksgiving without overdosing on turkey or hanging out with germy people. So I thought.

    But promptly on the following back-to-work Monday, everything started to change.

    I tried chasing the obnoxious thing with assorted liquids and Campbell’s Homestyle Chicken Noodle soup to no avail.