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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you for Blessing of the Pets

    To the editor:

    Sunday, May 7, was my first time participating in the annual Blessing of the Pets at Sharon United Methodist Church. Currently I am “petless,” but borrowed a friend’s pet so I, too, could enjoy this experience.

    The Mistress of Ceremonies and her young assistant did a fantastic job coordinating pet introductions, the fashion show, talent contest, smallest pet, largest pet and best in show. At the program’s conclusion, Pastor Eddie Hill blessed each pet, including a bird. Needless to say, it was a super afternoon.

  • Foundation supports BFA

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance is proud to announce the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation has granted the agency funds for the 2017 fiscal year.

    BFA is beyond grateful for the ongoing support of the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation. It is only with the generosity of friends like them that BFA is able to fulfill our mission of assisting our neighbors in need.

    Thank you, CFMF!

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director

    Shallotte

  • You decide: What determines county jobless rates in N.C.?

    The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short lag, so the information is reasonably up-to-date.

    Second, an unemployment rate, unlike many economic measures, is relatively easy to understand. It’s the percentage of the adult workforce actively looking for a job.

  • Meals tax is a bad idea for Brunswick County residents

    By Lynn Minges

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we hosted the UNC Tar Heels national champion men’s basketball team, we had a short week in the House of Representatives while the Senate worked on the state budget, and I was able to spend more time back in the district talking to our citizens.

  • There’s always plenty to do and celebrate in Brunswick County

    Either Beacon readers are exceptionally nice, or none noticed the headline error we published above the April 27 editorial and for which I apologized in my column last week. No one called, mailed or emailed me about it, anyway, so I’m leaning toward the former.

  • More great accomplishments by my greatest accomplishment

    By Angie Sutton

    General Manager

    Here we are four years later: My little Batman went to college and will graduate this Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in international affairs and pre-law.

    We found out last week he had been accepted to his first choice of law school, so here we go again, planning and apartment hunting. Didn’t I just do this?

  • On Campus with BCC: Singing praises of unsung heroes

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    It is the zealous efforts of individuals who often go unnoticed that allow Brunswick Community College to operate seamlessly. A light fixture that was not working one day is “magically” functioning the next. Colorful beds of flowers and manicured lawns bless the campus overnight. Cluttered hallways and lounges seemingly right themselves. These mysterious occurrences are the work of BCC’s unsung heroes. It is through their continuous commitment to excellence and dedicated devotion that our campus thrives.