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Today's Opinions

  • It's important to keep pets up-to-date on vaccinations

    Two rabies cases have been confirmed in Brunswick County and they’re serving as a reminder about the importance of keeping pets current on vaccinations.

    In the two cases reported by the Brunswick County Health Department, two dogs that got into fights with wild animals were not current on their rabies vaccinations. Because of that, one of the dogs was euthanized. In the other case, Brunswick County Animal Services quarantined the dog while the owner made a decision about whether it would be put down.

  • Jim Roach was a selfless community volunteer

    When The Brunswick Beacon updated its retirement section “Golden Sands” last year, Jim Roach was one of the first people to comment about it.

    As a matter of fact, he was so excited he showed up at the office after it published with a list of stories in hand. As a representative of the N.C. Senior Tarheel Legislature, Roach, a retiree, was enthusiastic about sharing more ideas for the section. His list was so long, he asked us if we could move from our annual production cycle and produce it more frequently, quarterly would be a good start, he encouraged.

  • 'Necro-Anda': Local writer embarks on new career with first novel

    Believe it or not, poisoning, bank robbery, murder, amnesia and double-crossing all play major roles in a new novel from a local author.

    Supply resident Jack Evans recently had his first novel published and is embarking on a new career as a full-time writer.

    The way Evans describes his novel, “Necro-Anda,” recently published by PublishAmerica, is like few things even longtime mystery fans have heard before—and it all takes place in Brunswick County and the nearby towns of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Is a four-day school week the answer to the public schools’ financial crisis?

    Is reducing the school week to four days an answer to the financial crisis facing some school districts across the country?

    More than 100 of those districts say yes.

    According to a Wall Street Journal article, more than 100 school districts in 17 states are operating with a four-day schedule.

    A school district in Minnesota will begin four-day weeks at the beginning of next school year. A quote from the district’s superintendent said the district faces a $1.3 million deficit and considers it a last resort.

  • New RW magazine featured inside this edition of The Brunswick Beacon

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re proud to launch in this edition the Beacon’s newest publication RW (The Real Women of Brunswick County).

    In this special section, which you can find inside today’s paper, you’ll be treated to features about local women, their successes and triumphs and their advice on everything from succeeding in their careers to moving on in life after the death of a spouse.

  • Support Redwine

    To the editor: It has already started. The ink was hardly dry on David Redwine’s filing papers before he was attacked by Frank Williams, chairman of the 7th Congressional District Republican Party.

    Most people I know are tired of the “gotcha” politics of chairman Williams. Democrats, Republicans and Independents want someone who will get something accomplished and work in a bipartisan way. David Redwine has done both.

  • Candidate shouldn't accept endorsement

    To the editor: As a retired police officer residing in Brunswick County, I find it unacceptable and also deplorable to read the challenger for the elected position of sheriff of Brunswick County cannot reject the former convicted sheriff’s endorsement.

    His “I accept all support from all citizens” is the disclaimer of most politicians.

  • 'World Day of Prayer' reminds us of the beauty, celebration at the heart of praise music

    Last week’s “World Day of Prayer” celebration at Seaside United Methodist Church reminded me what I like most about spiritual music: the joy and celebration.

    The participants were all women from local churches in the South Brunswick Interchurch Council who dressed in traditional African garb to celebrate and honor the women of the African nation of Cameroon.