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Columns

  • Incomprehensible tragedy

    It’s Sunday night, and I’m still struggling to comprehend that in the morning I’ll be heading to Florence County, S.C., for the second time in my life to say goodbye to a friend who was killed in the line of duty.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the General Assembly could be described as short and sweet. It was short because of the large amount of work done in advance by the bill drafters and the legislative leaders. It could be called “sweet” because of the preliminary agreement by those leaders and the governor that something had to be done quickly for our citizens struggling with the effects of Hurricane Florence.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Community College students SWIM for success

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College rolled out the red carpet for the Onsite Review Committee from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools — Commission on Colleges from Oct. 8 through 11. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the primary accrediting body for public and private colleges and universities that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees.

  • Extreme weather changes tend to trigger migraine drama

    Every time there is a dramatic change in the weather, I’ll develop a sinus infection or a migraine headache — occasionally both at the same time, but always when I’m at my busiest.

  • Guarding against grandparent scams

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    Grandparents and grandchildren often have a special relationship. Kids are used to getting away with a little more with their grandparents, and grandparents are happy to spoil their grandkids a little. Some con artists know this and are only too willing to take advantage of a grandparent’s love for their grandchild. This year alone, our office has received 124 complaints involving grandparent scams that have cost consumers a total of $147,100.

  • You decide: what’s the new outlook for jobs?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    A few years ago, a couple of economists made a big splash by predicting almost half of occupations in the country had a big chance of being replaced by automation and technology in coming decades. Unemployment rates would soar to double digits and stay there. The economists’ forecast revived fears of “technological unemployment” posing a bigger threat to jobs than any future recession.

  • There’s no place safer in a storm than with Mom and Dad

    Hurricane Florence kept my cats and me in my parents’ care for 10 days at their home in the Triad and two more days at mine here in Brunswick County.

    I wasn’t confident my roof would hold up to Category 4 winds, so I heeded mandatory evacuation orders after our Sept. 13 edition went to press Sept. 11 and fled with Pepper and Mimi for the house I grew up in. What is normally a four-hour drive took more than five.

  • You decide: how is North Carolina’s economy at mid-year?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The actor Tom Selleck was in a TV crime show series 30 years ago that my wife and I enjoyed. It was called “Magnum PI,” and the lead character played by Selleck would often say, “I know what you’re thinking,” as a humorous way of interacting with the audience. I want to borrow his phrase and say, “I know what you’re thinking. The fall of 2018 is almost here so mid-year was months ago. Why are you writing about mid-year?”

  • Count me among Florence’s fortunate for being part of this community

    Florence isn’t the first hurricane I’ve lived through or covered in my career.

  • Gavel-to-gavel coverage of H2GO meetings

    While everyone is busy drying out from a trying week, I am going to present a few highlights of the very real interactions of the audience and commissioners of the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO when, like the old MTV “Real World” promo used to say, people stop being nice and start being real.