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Columns

  • Strawberry pop and a smile help ease rough workdays

    It’s a common superstition — and one I buy into, based on personal experience — that lunar phases affect people’s behavior, with full moons bringing the wackiness out of some folks. The next full moon, a Strawberry Moon, isn’t scheduled until Thursday, June 28, but one astrological calendar I found online tells me last Thursday and Friday had “void moons,” or times to avoid starting anything important because projects do not tend to be as productive.

  • Has your summer officially started yet?

    When does summer start?

    That question has a different answer for different people.

    Around these parts, the season for beach towns begins on Memorial Day.

    For the kids, it must still be considered the first day after the last day of school.

    Traditionalists probably waited until today, June 21.

    For me, there are two determining factors that go into deciding if summer has arrived.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center poised to serve more

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    For about five years, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s ministry has done a great job ministering to a fixed number of men with a program that works exceptionally well. Our growth has been limited for many reasons, but in the last two years all that has changed.

    BCRC has come to realize that God wants us to do more. The need is great and we feel called to double the size of all that we do and to also build a women’s ministry.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we handled well more than 100 bills in the House and Senate, we overrode the governor’s veto of the state budget and we passed several bills of local interest.

  • Incentivize disaster preparedness measures, improve infrastructure

    By Mac Montgomery

    Guest Columnist

    The rest of the country is finally learning what we on the coast have known for a long time: the United States needs better, smarter infrastructure. Record-breaking storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Matthew show we cannot continue the status quo with our nation’s roadways, bridges, drinking water, dams, energy grid and more.

  • 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.