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Columns

  • North Brunswick High grads share message of love

    Footage from North Brunswick High School’s graduation this past Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College has gone viral on social media, for a wonderful reason.

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was busy, both on the floors of the House and Senate and in committee rooms. We passed bills on school safety and elections; we moved the Build NC Bond Act through three committees; we passed local bills, including two for Brunswick County towns; and we saw the governor veto the budget, which was overridden in the Senate immediately.

  • You decide: how will the workforce change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job. It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering a job market undergoing change, because change in the labor market has always been the norm. Even in the best of times, some jobs are being eliminated while others are created.

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seems the last two weeks in the North Carolina General Assembly have been all about the budget, but we also have been filing local bills and bills that were recommended by study committees.

  • Travel free from scam-related stress this summer

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    What’s better than the beginning of summer? Longer days, warm weather, and for many, summer vacations. But nothing will cause a trip to go off the rails faster than falling victim to a travel scam. When you’re planning your travel this year, plan ahead with these tips to help ensure a headache-free trip.

  • You decide: is it time for a mileage tax?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two decades ago, I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. Many people still communicated by writing letters.

  • An everyday hero’s story, a reminder for all motorists

    Travis Brown and his dad were in their pickup the afternoon of May 23 when they saw a small SUV run a stop sign and smack the back end of a golf cart at 24th Avenue North and Ye Old Kings Highway in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The impact spun the golf cart, flinging its female passenger into the roadway.

    An older man reached into the driver’s side window of the SUV and tried to grab the keys, but the driver kept going, nearly dragging the man and almost running over the woman as she lay in the road.

  • Consider the rewards of foster parenting

    By Duanna Harrelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Brunswick County Department of Social Services has 129 children in foster care. Sixty of these children are ages 0-5; 44 are ages 6-12; 23 are ages 13-17 and two 18 and older. Of these 129 children, 104 are Caucasian; 11 are African-American; five are Hispanic; two are American Indian/Alaskan and 12 are biracial.

    DSS has 22 licensed foster/adoptive homes and needs additional families so our children can stay within their own communities while in foster care.