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Today's Opinions

  • Fair may be a fun way to boost business, local appeal

    I was quite surprised and pleased when I learned about a local group’s plans for a “family day fair and exposition” next year in Shallotte.

    The goal of the four-day event is to bring people into town for fun, entertainment and to support local businesses. My recent interview with the organizers started me thinking about the various fairs I attended over the years, particularly the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

  • Good teachers leave lasting, lifetime impressions on young people

    I am who I am today because people like you believed in me.

    Those are the words I would say to Cindy Ethington, a beloved teacher from my hometown who died July 16 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

    I got to know Mrs. E shortly after she began her teaching career at Bardstown Middle School. She and fellow teacher Janet Carrico had applied for a grant for a unique student program. Through it, BMS students were selected to spend a good portion of their summer, and then most of the school year, traveling and learning about Kentucky’s history.

  • AYP must be met

    Eight of Brunswick County’s 19 schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress goals, according to the latest information released last week.

    Belville Elementary School, Bolivia Elementary School, Early College High School, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, North Brunswick High School, South Brunswick High School, Southport Elementary School, Town Creek Elementary School, Union Elementary School and Waccamaw School met 100 percent of their target goals.

  • If I'm at the movies, I'm doing research

    One of the perks of journalism is the constant opportunity to get out and circulate.

    If you see a reporter hanging out at the beach on a sunny summer weekday, for example, chances are he/she is taking photographs and/or interviewing people for a future story.

  • Coverage was biased

    To the editor: Once again in article on Jeremy Cribb’s plea, the Beacon proves it is best at slanting the news than reporting the facts.

    Out-of-context statements seem to be your reporter’s forte.

    The section of the article relating to closed minutes unsealed, which the Beacon made such an issue about at the actual time, reported little information to the reader as to what transpired.

    Five meetings of minutes and all she felt relevant were quotes from the town attorney and a former commissioner.

  • Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future

    It’s a good thing we use battery back-ups, or the space for this week’s column would be blank inches of newsprint.

    Monday’s mid-afternoon downpour in Shallotte caused a chorus of thunder and lightning—causing the Beacon’s power to flicker and computers to begin their own chorus of buzzing and other gut-wrenching sounds—before the rain ever fell.

  • Senior centers should be hubs of activity

    To the editor:  Thank you for the article expressing our concerns for our center (Waccamaw Senior Center). The center should be friendly—oriented to the community with activities that would include everyone. It should not just be focused on a lunch program and numbers.

    It should be the hub of the community where seniors feel comfortable dropping in all during the open hours and being able to continue activities as an ongoing process, not just one hour of the week.

  • Found comments about Cribb interesting

    To the editor: I read with interest the front page of the July 22 edition of the Beacon about former town administrator Jeremy Cribb.

    What I find most interesting about the reporting is former commissioner Herman’s comments about having no problem with Mr. Cribb’s criminal past. The fact that Mr. Cribb’s was around 29 when hired and his convictions of a crime occurred when he was 20-21 years old evidently didn’t have any effect on his hiring, which Ms. Herman was a part of.