• Communities In Schools focuses on student needs despite being displaced by Hurricane Florence

    By Bonnie Jordan

    Guest Columnist

    Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on Brunswick County and the surrounding areas, with restoration and repair continuing for many. Communities In Schools of Brunswick County was among those hit hard by the storm, permanently losing its administrative office at the Duke Media Center. The building was structurally compromised and will be demolished.

  • A week spent in the midst of my memorabilia

    I reached the six-year mark here at the Brunswick Beacon a couple weeks ago.

    I actually hit that milestone while I was away from Brunswick County, out of town and back in Florida to see the parents and attempt to pack the past 40-something years into a few storage boxes.

    Getting older gets trickier when you are a bit of a pack rat. You don’t realize until it’s time to break it all down how successful you’ve become at not letting go of anything.

  • Other voting in progress after general election

    Well, we may not all be completely satisfied with the results of the most recent general election, but I for one am glad it’s over. It means the end of awful political ads and, hopefully very soon, the removal of campaign signs from along our county roadways. I’m glad most of the ones are gone from Old Georgetown Road, but clusters of them are still cluttering the entrance to the Shallotte rest area off U.S. 17, where plenty of others can be found at random.

  • You decide: can our state’s small towns make a comeback?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often located near rivers and streams for power and built small villages for their workers. Small towns in the foothills close to the state’s large forests were home to the furniture makers.

  • Thanks to all who supported Holiday Happenings

    Even though a bout of stomach flu kept me out of work for

    the better part of last week, I recovered in time to perform my usual human traffic cone duties at the Beacon’s eighth annual Holiday Happenings at Shallotte Middle School. If you motored down Village Road between about 9:30 a.m. and noon Saturday, I was the short, stout woman with magenta hair holding the vendor parking sign near Sunnyside School. If you heeded that sign to attend the show, bless you.

  • On Campus with BCC: The profile of a leader, vice president Velva Jenkins

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest columnist

  • You decide: how will the ’new NAFTA’ impact North Carolina?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Who knew trade negotiations could play out like a best-selling thriller? The negotiations for a new trade treaty between the U.S., Mexico and Canada had a deadline of Sept. 30, which was a Sunday. I followed the news that day, and it was all gloomy about successful resolutions to several problems between the U.S. and Canada. An agreement on a new trade treaty had already been reached between the U.S. and Mexico, so as I went to bed on Sunday night I thought a three-country NAFTA deal was likely not going to happen.

  • Lesson relearned from a wasted tumbler of coffee

    Since I signed up to man the Beacon’s booth at the NC Oyster Festival on Sunday, going back to bed that morning wasn’t an option, so I turned to coffee to help wake me up.

    The drive from my place to Ocean Isle Beach normally takes about 15 minutes. I expected it to take longer with festival traffic and, for once, I prepared accordingly by making enough coffee to fill a to-go tumbler. The caffeine boost would make both heavy traffic and me much easier to tolerate.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly session began and ended Oct. 15. We expanded legislation for Hurricane Florence recovery we had begun two weeks earlier before returning to our districts in time for early voting, which started Wednesday, Oct. 17. A lot of work had gone on for two weeks, along with close communication among the House, Senate and the governor’s office.

  • You decide: considering the concept of risk and how we approach it

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    In the aftermath of hurricane season, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk. Indeed, many people are. I have friends who are second-guessing their decisions to move to the coast after retiring. Others are questioning why development is allowed in storm-prone beaches and barrier islands.