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Opinion

  • They may be trying to help Shallotte business owners, but we think Michael and Paula Pease have done a disservice to the people of Shallotte.
    Michael, an appointed member of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen, is seeking election for an aldermen seat, while his wife Paula is a candidate for Shallotte mayor.

  • More than $500,000.
    That’s what Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden estimated a staggered-start schedule could save the district this year.
    That’s the equivalent of about 10 teaching positions.
    With financial cuts and belt-tightening taking place for the last several years, it made sense for the district to look at ways to cut costs and keep teachers where they are needed most—in the classroom.

  • Although Election Day is still weeks away, early voting will begin Thursday in Brunswick County.
    As in past elections, we anticipate many people will go ahead and cast their votes before Tuesday, Nov. 8.
    If you’re interested in learning where and when you can vote, check out this edition of the Beacon. You’ll find a story outlining early voting and telling you where you can go to vote.

  • Throughout Brunswick County people of all ages, from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds, are dealing with the effects of a struggling economy.
    Unemployment numbers remain high, and with seasonal job opportunities winding down, it won’t be surprising to see those numbers increase this year.
    Without an end of this economic downturn in sight, the loss of more than 1,000 jobs to neighboring South Carolina continues to be hard to stomach.
    But even more disappointing is the finger-pointing and blame-games that followed this economic blunder.

  • With a county unemployment rate near 11 percent, we were hopeful Brunswick County would soon announce it was going to be home to the ever-secret “Project Soccer,” a manufacturing business that could have created some 1,000 jobs for the area.
    On Tuesday, however, we learned it was most likely “Project Soccer” was going to head south into South Carolina.
    It’s a disappointing possibility for the entire community, especially those who are finding it nearly impossible to find steady, good-paying jobs in this economic downturn.

  • People who live in communities like ours know how vital the housing and tourism industries are to our livelihood.
    This county has been hard-hit in recent years. As the bottom dropped out of the real estate market, people in many lines of work lost their jobs. From service professionals to business owners, everyone has been hoping the market will soon rebound and jobs and cash flow will return to this area.

  • It was the day that changed America. For those moments we were no longer white or black or a hodgepodge of world races, we were humans. We were broken. We were devastated. We were forever scarred by memories that even now, some 10 years removed from Sept. 11, 2001, we will never forget.

  • Do me a favor, if you don’t mind.

    When you’re finished reading this column—and please, do finish it—will you close the newspaper and take a look at the front page? 

  • There are a lot of people who did a lot of things right as Brunswick County prepared for—and dealt with—Hurricane Irene.

  • Summer is quickly coming to an end and young people throughout Brunswick County are getting ready to head back to school.

  • When it comes to people who are dedicated to serving and preserving all things great about North Carolina, Brunswick County has a lot of which to be proud.

  • We can’t believe we are saying it in two editorials, two weeks in a row.

    We’re handing out a “job well done” to a local agency for working to be more open and accessible to the public.

  • While it’s too early right now to know exactly how Tropical Storm Emily will develop or where she will go, it’s a good time to remind everyone hurricane season is here. Being prepared is key.

  • At last, some good news about politicians and campaign finances.

  •  Congratulations to the talented Brunswick County athletes who have secured state titles in boys Dixie baseball.

  • It’s disappointing to learn only seven of Brunswick County schools met the most recent nationally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark.

  • November may seem like it’s a long time away, but before you know it, tourists will be packing up their bags and heading out of Brunswick County and back to their homes until the next tourist season rolls around.

  • Mr. William Clyde Watts Jr., known to his CB radio friends as “Wildfire,” 70, of Winnabow, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Brunswick Cove Nursing Home. 

  • Finding quality healthcare in a rural community can sometimes be difficult. It’s not uncommon for people in such areas to have to travel beyond their communities to access high quality, state-of-the-art healthcare.

  • Brunswick County is a diverse community that is home to people with a lot of talents.
    Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you know you have skills that could help others, but you’re not quite sure how to put them to use.
    Are you a planner? Do you like to sort through details and comb through information before you make decisions?
    Maybe you’re a visionary. Do you dream of how things could be better in this county and do you have viable ideas you think could become reality?