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Opinion

  • The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution July 6 saying it supports seismic surveying in the Atlantic Ocean to promote future offshore drilling efforts off the coast. But commissioners decided to take another look at the issue after a number of residents voiced their concerns over the decision at the board’s July 20 meeting.

  • As the General Assembly continues to grapple with formulating a 2015-16 fiscal year budget, its members are considering whether to change the way sales taxes are distributed.

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  • To most of us, developing an exercise program means getting into and maintaining our best physical condition.

    To emergency preparedness and public safety officials, developing an exercise program means establishing a routine practice schedule to prepare for out-of-the-ordinary events that threaten the health of a community.

  • By the end of this week, motorists in Brunswick County will have endured another inconvenient summer road closure because of a North Carolina Department of Transportation project.

  • The case of Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, a combat medic stationed at Fort Bragg who was reported missing in April 2012, attracted national attention. She was last seen alive in the company of Nicholas Holbert, who had been convicted of sex crimes against a child, helped lead police to her remains two years later and is awaiting trial on murder and other charges related to her disappearance and death. Although Holbert was a known sex offender, he was not registered because he was living in the woods behind the bar where he met Bordeaux and had no permanent address.

  • As the campaign to preserve the Battleship North Carolina as the state’s memorial to its World War II veterans continues to make significant progress, efforts to establish an all-inclusive monument for our military servicemen and –women in Brunswick County deserve our recognition and support.

  • As the Project Lazarus initiative gains ground to combat Brunswick County’s prescription drug overdose crisis, we are obliged to cite a program already working toward that end: Drug Treatment Court.

  • It is easy to get caught up in the festivities that accompany Independence Day weekend, especially among the many events planned in Brunswick County, but safety must be considered for celebrations that require any amount of travel. AAA estimates 41.9 million people — the most in eight years — will travel during this holiday period.

  • Summer weather arrived before summer itself did this year in Brunswick County with temperatures soaring and heat indexes in the triple digits. The heat itself has not been unusual, but it seems to have been more oppressive and stifling than usual despite the frequent breezes from our coastline.

    In recent years, summer safety efforts have focused on rip currents. In recent weeks, it has targeted shark encounters. The risk of heat exhaustion and stroke at this time of year, however, exists regardless of whether anyone sets foot in the ocean or even on the beach.

  • We feel it is safe to say everyone in Brunswick County is as sorry to read about three separate shark encounters that left three children injured within four days along our beaches as we are to report them. Our community strives to be hospitable, welcomes visitors and wants all to enjoy the time they spend here.
    Perhaps the most maddening aspect of the story is the fact no one is at fault for what happened, especially to the children who were maimed at Oak Island last Sunday afternoon.

  • Regardless of whether motorists like them, roundabouts  (or traffic circles) seem to be the ways of the future for busy Brunswick County intersections.
    The small one at First Street on the island of Ocean Isle Beach took some getting used to once it opened several years ago. A larger version was successfully installed at the foot of the Mannon C. Gore Bridge to Sunset Beach island last summer and, despite initial trepidation, appears to function as intended.

  • Nearly two weeks ago, North Brunswick High School won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A boys’ track-and-field state championship for a second straight year. Including indoor titles, the Scorpions, coached by Garry Bishop, have won four straight track state championships.

    North sophomore Jayhlen Washington, who won the long jump and the triple jump and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles race, was the Most Valuable Athlete.

  • Memorial Day affords us a chance to pause, remember and acknowledge those who have died in military service to our country. But let us also spare a thought for the veterans and active service members, as well as their families, and the sacrifices they have made.

  • Despite lower property valuations, Brunswick County has opted to remain revenue neutral, meaning the board of commissioners will not raise taxes in the coming fiscal year. On the surface this is wonderful news for taxpayers, but the reality is they cannot expect the same level of service from the county. Maintaining services at their current levels requires money the county will not have.

  • When Shallotte native Robert Stanley founded the Beacon in 1962, he dedicated the newspaper to “the continued progress of Brunswick County.” When he died last year, friends and family said he took great pride in publicly standing on the “right side of history during civil rights struggles in the turbulent ‘60s.”

    More than 50 years later, the Beacon maintains the stand Stanley took: That the Ku Klux Klan contributes nothing to the improvement of our community.

  • After a relatively uneventful summer last year, it would have been easy to forget four people died in less than 36 hours on Brunswick County’s beaches the previous summer.

    Soon after the deaths, which were ultimately blamed on dangerous rip currents, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • With every passing day, we lose more and more World War II veterans, members of our nation’s greatest generation. Now, we are in danger of losing our state’s monument to them and others who lost their lives in that war.

  • All residents of Brunswick County — including elected officials — have the right to voice their opinions on matters that affect their way of life. When the public cannot discern whom its elected officials are representing, however, it raises legitimate questions about potential conflicts of interest. Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill and Mayor Ron Watts have found themselves the subject of such questions in the past month.

  • Maybe the loss of privilege licenses will not affect the bottom line of Brunswick County’s municipalities much, but Senate Bill 369 certainly will if it should become law.