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Opinion

  • Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic just reached a significant milestone in its brief history by performing its 1,000th spay/neuter procedure. The reduced-cost pet surgical alteration facility at 6033 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow only opened to the public Aug. 26.

  • Of Brunswick County’s 48,569 registered voters, 9,125 cast their ballots in 22 precincts for the Nov. 5 election. That puts voter turnout at 18.79 percent, which might seem abysmal until you remember not all of the county’s registered voters were eligible to participate because most of the races were for municipal seats.

  • The 2013 Farm Bill conference committee had its first meeting Oct. 30. Among those serving on the committee, which is tasked with determining the final language of the bill, is Congressman Mike McIntyre, who represents our part of North Carolina.

    A part of the bill proposed by Rep. Steve King of Iowa is getting a lot of attention, and rightly so.

    The King Amendment, which is Section 11312 of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, prohibits “interference by state and local governments with production or manufacture of items in other states.”

  • For all the reports detailing the bad behavior of many Sunset Beach Town Council members at their meetings and workshops, the conduct of the candidates at the Oct. 23 forum was surprisingly sedate.

    For some in the standing-room-only crowd that gathered for the event, it was a different story.

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce presented the forum as other chambers in the county did for other municipalities. It explicitly established the ground rules prohibiting interaction among the candidates and with the audience during the forum.

  • By the time you read this column — and presuming the stress of meeting Tuesday night’s weekly production deadlines haven’t sent me into a relapse — it will have been more than two weeks since I’ve had a Diet Pepsi to drink.

  • Most people know October is breast cancer awareness month around the world. Fewer may know it is also observed worldwide as sudden infant death syndrome and Rett syndrome awareness month.
    In the United States, October is healthy lung month, Down syndrome awareness month, liver awareness month, national spina bifida awareness month and national orthodontic health month, too. To the north, Canada is observing October as autism awareness month, and across the pond, the United Kingdom is observing October as lupus awareness month.

  • This past weekend saw the inaugural Brunswick Waterfest in Leland and Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach in Sunset Beach, two events that put our county’s natural beauty on full display as fall gets under way.

    Last Saturday, the Brunswick County Solid Waste Department collected household hazardous waste at South Brunswick Middle School to conclude free dump week, when county residents were allowed to may bring items (except for household trash and land-clearing debris) to the landfill in Bolivia free of charge.

  • A month-long challenge is underway at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to answer an important question: What can families do to support each other, manage their weight together and lead healthy lives?
    Here’s why: Children in America today, for the first time in generations, are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents if current health trends continue.

  • It’s a shame most of us only got to know Jaronn Ladale McAllister because of his violent death March 1, 2012.

    The 3-year-old Shallotte boy was full of the unlimited potential all small children have, and someone cruelly robbed it from him, from us.

    It’s been a long time coming ­— far too long, some say — but at last someone is being held responsible for killing him.

  • It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.

    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.

    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.

  • A month-long challenge is underway at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to answer an important question: What can families do to support each other, manage their weight together and lead healthy lives?

    Here’s why: Children in America today, for the first time in generations, are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents if current health trends continue.

  • On Aug. 28, the nation remembered Martin Luther King Jr.’s impassioned and iconic “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago.
    Here in Shallotte, early the morning of Aug. 30, someone decided to express himself all over Remedy’s Lounge by spray-painting racial epithets and profanity across the exterior, reminding us how far we have yet to go toward achieving that dream.
    Maybe the vandalism was by some bored teenager with time to kill and a bad idea.
    If that is the case: Find yourself a productive hobby, kid.

  • Summer may unofficially be over, but some could argue the most fun of the year is yet to be had here in the fall.
    It starts with the Intercultural Festival this Saturday from Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy an international pavilion, food tasting, vendors, children’s activities, storytelling and multinational performances. Details are at www.bcifestival.org.

  • Summer may unofficially be over, but some could argue the most fun of the year is yet to be had here in the fall.

    It starts with the Intercultural Festival this Saturday from Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy an international pavilion, food tasting, vendors, children’s activities, storytelling and multinational performances. Details are at www.bcifestival.org.

  • Most people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and friendly. They also want to be able to do what they want with the property where they live, while at the same time making sure their neighbors do not do anything that negatively impacts their quality of life or property value.

  • Most people want to live in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and friendly. They also want to be able to do what they want with the property where they live, while at the same time making sure their neighbors do not do anything that negatively impacts their quality of life or property value.

  • It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.

    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.

    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • It’s easy to donate money to the causes that matter to you when you have the means.
    It’s easy to volunteer with the charities close to your heart when you have the time.
    It’s more difficult to make the money and time to do both, but Clarice and Ronnie Holden have made it look easy for more than four decades.

  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. This is an old adage we seem to repeat over and over, and yet it seems to be worth repeating once more as officials from Calabash have been issuing scam alerts to area residents.