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Columns

  • On Campus with BCC: Successful students are true legacy of Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Each week in the North Carolina General Assembly this month feels like it should be the last for this session, but we keep coming back. When we adjourned the short session in late June and set a date of Nov. 27 to return, most of us assumed it would be for a week. Then, Hurricane Florence happened. After two weeks, it appears we will be back another week or two. Hurricane relief and voter photo ID bills have dominated the discussion, the committee meetings and the votes so far.

  • Don’t let scammers rob you of your money or good cheer

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    The holiday season can bring out the best of people’s generosity of spirit. Travel, time spent with people we love, and efforts to reach out to help our neighbors in need all enrich our enjoyment. But it’s also a busy time for scammers, who ramp up their efforts to steal your money or your personal or financial information. This holiday season, protect yourself and your finances from holiday scams by taking these precautions.

  • If you don’t like the DEQ deal with Chemours, stand up and say so

    If you don’t think state officials have done enough to clear up the GenX and PFAs compounds in your drinking water, you’re going to have to tell them about it.

    Or if you simply want The Chemours Co., which is responsible for those PFAs in your drinking water, to have to install an under-the-sink reverse osmosis water filter in your home because “better safe than sorry” or just for spite, you, too, are going to have to tell it to the state.

    Also, if you just want to say, “Is that it?” you have until Dec. 21 to do so.

  • The dictionary might notice when your column stinks

    When I first saw the subject line of the email I received Nov. 21, I thought it was run-of-the-mill spam. “Jackie, you were quoted in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day!” it exclaimed.

    The reference to the dictionary caught my attention and I wanted to know what its Word of the Day was, so I clicked to open it: “We wanted to let you know that you were quoted in today’s Merriam-Webster Word of the Day. You can view today’s Word of the Day on our website here: merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/noisome-2018-11-21.”

  • An annual Christmas gift to our community

    Guest Columnist

    If you’re in need of some Christmas spirit, take a short drive from Shallotte. Go south on N.C. 179 toward Ocean Isle Beach. After dark, you’ll find Christmas lights and decorations to lift your spirits. They are on the right just before you cross Sauce Pan Creek. This is a Christmas present to the community from Reba and Billy Lefler, Terry and their family.

    The Lefler family says their creation is a family project. Family members come from Albemarle, Salisbury and Concord to join in the decorating and family fun.

  • Deadline to apply for Hurricane Florence assistance approaches

    By the Federal Emergency Management Agency

    If you sustained property damage or loss caused by Hurricane Florence, you have two weeks left to register for federal disaster assistance.

    The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA and for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • Mark Haselden always ran it out, and I’m thankful he did

    On Nov. 15, liver cancer took my friend Mark Haselden away from us, the day after he entered hospice care. He’d beaten colon cancer before; he fought valiantly right up to the end this time, too. Through all his pain and suffering, he always had a positive attitude and never, ever lost his faith.

    I’m eternally thankful for the gift of his friendship.

  • Carolina Crud Crusher goes national

    When illness goes around, the Crud Man comes to town.

    That’s the persona Shallotte pharmacist Brad Carter created this year promoting Carolina Crud Crusher, the cough syrup he developed years ago to fight and fend off the symptoms of cold season.

    The debut of Crud Man coincides with the medicine going national this year, with two major wholesalers carrying it and servicing more than 4,000 pharmacies nationwide.

  • You decide: are our taxes fair and our spending effective?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two topics of interest to most people are taxes and public spending. So whenever I find research focusing on these two areas, especially if they’re applied to North Carolina, I think it’s worthy of mention.

    Two new studies recently came across my desk fitting this profile. One looked at the fairness of state and local taxes for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The second study examined the effectiveness of K-12 school spending, also in all states and DC.