• From the Legislature: School bond bill considered in House

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we saw increased activity once again.  It was the seventh full week of the 2019 long session. Filing of bills increased, as did committee meetings and floor votes in the House and Senate.

  • N.C. District 17 Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature House Update

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, the House of Representatives voted on several school safety bills, the House and Senate heard the Governor’s budget proposal, and we continued to file bills at a rapid pace.

  • People: We are all the same

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    There is something exciting about exploring new places and getting to know people from all parts of the world. It makes one modest. You see what tiny place you occupy in the world. You come to the realization that people around the world are all the same, all after the same things: Health, Happiness, Peace and Love.

    Being a traveler brings riches in life with experience, learning about people, gaining a new pair of eyes and seeing people in a different way.

    Come travel with us and meet people from Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

  • N.C. District 17 Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature House Update

    Last week was the fifth week of the 2019 long session at the North Carolina General Assembly. Between the House and Senate, about 400 bills have been filed, and many are being heard in committees.

    We heard from the governor at his State of the State address Monday night and from many advocates both inside and outside the government on upcoming issues.

  • The American Legion at 100 years

    Commander Mike Fegan

    American Legion Post 543

    One hundred years ago this month, the American Legion was formed in Paris, France, by soldiers of World War I. They created a veterans’ organization unlike others before. The new American Legion would be devoted to strengthening the nation, not just serving themselves, through four primary pillars of Americanism, national security, veterans’ rehabilitation and children and youth.

    There are now nearly 2 million members of the American Legion.

  • Hats off to Jessie Mae Monroe arts program

     Schools across the nation operate more and more on a shoestring budget. Administrators are forced to seek areas to reduce costs. Though school systems spend millions of dollars on test preparation materials (specifically the End of Grade state-mandated tests), when examining the upcoming school year needs, boards of education tend to look at fine arts programs as a convenient area to trim the fat.

  • Don’t dismiss the power of okra

    OK, I need to begin with two observations. First, my disclaimer is I am either a transplant or an implant from the Northeast. I am not a born and bred Southerner; therefore, I come naively to the unique customs and cuisine of this portion of the United States.

    Second, having lived in Brunswick County since 1988 and having grown to love all the “native” folks who claim this home, I deeply desire to be considered a newborn native. One might even say “born again.”

  • What’s that saying about burning bridges?

    I want to send my compliments to Billy Stewart of Oak Island, the man I said made an ass of himself at a county commissioners meeting back in December while speaking in opposition to seismic testing and drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast.

    That man really embraced the moniker, both in a letter to the editor and at the latest county meeting.

    Good for you for having thick skin and coming up with a good spin move after I took a gentle but direct shot at you. Not that I was wrong.

    But way to go taking it like a grown-up.

  • State Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature

    Last week the North Carolina General Assembly included committee assignments for the 2019-2020 session and some early bill filings. There were two floor sessions but only one procedural vote.

    After missing the Jan. 9 swearing-in ceremony in Raleigh due to medical reasons, I was sworn in Jan. 18 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

  • You decide: how can we address our transportation issues in North Carolina?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher. Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation — hopefully not at the same time. One thing she chronically complains about is increased traffic in Raleigh compared to her working days. She says Raleigh has too many people and too few roads.