Today's Opinions

  • Pruden sets school superintendent standard

    This time next year, Brunswick County Schools will likely have a new superintendent.

    We hope that person matches Edward Pruden’s caliber. While we have not agreed with everything he has done during his tenure as the school district’s leader for the past four years, it is obvious he genuinely cares about students and their success. It is the most important character trait a school system leader should have.

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.

  • Hewett’s death a tragic ending to a sad story

    Any journalist with an ounce of compassion does not delight in reporting an event like the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Hewett’s story is familiar to most long-time residents. When he first became sheriff in 1994 at age 31, he was the youngest to be elected to the office in North Carolina. Hewett’s leadership heralded a new era for the sheriff’s office, which was stinging from Herman Strong’s resignation following his conviction on federal drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    Senate and House budget conferees met with Gov. Pat McCrory at the executive mansion Aug. 18 and agreed upon a total budget amount of $21.735 billion. Last week, the Legislature agreed to extend the continuing resolution until Aug. 31 in order to continue budget negotiations. The Senate will work through the weekend to meet this deadline.


  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we sent a Medicaid reform bill to a conference committee to be renegotiated, we also sent a sales tax and economic incentives bill to conference, we finally approved the unemployment insurance reform bill and continued to wait on budget target amounts.

  • Beacon promotion offers smile versus discount

    To the editor:

    As one hapless victim of our country’s depressed economy, I am always on the alert for an extra good value when making purchases.

    When offered a deal involving no interest if paid off within five years, we usually take notice. But then we realize that we are required to make a payment each month in order to consummate this purchase. Where is the discount? A purchase of this type, of course, is made less frequently than most everyday buys.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance grateful for week’s events

    To the editor:

    It is appropriate to reflect on positive events and relationships that make your life better. For Brunswick Family Assistance, we had a busy but rewarding week. BFA was the designated charity at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans baseball game Aug. 14; the recognized charity at a special dinner event at Angelo’s Pizzeria and Bistro on Aug. 17; and then Aug. 19 at the Sunset Beach Concert Series. The week ended with a wonderful fundraising event, a 5K/15K run and one-mile walk on a beautiful Saturday morning, Aug. 22, through Sea Trail.