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Columns

  • On Campus with BCC: New sport joins athletics program at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College athletics boost school pride by outfitting four impressive teams of student athletes in Dolphin blue and teal. On the field and on the court, team members are fierce competitors, winning games and breaking records on the personal and program level. Student athletes consistently generate campus spirit, excellence in the classroom, and support for our community at large.

  • Warm weather returns with familiar wildlife

    A map on Springcasting, an online tool

    unveiled in January by the Cornell University Emergent Climate Risk Lab, shows we got a late start on enjoying consistent springtime temperatures this year, even though it seems like Easter was earlier than usual.

    This past weekend brought us not only beautiful weather, but also a seemingly lower pollen count. Both prompted me to open my windows at home Saturday to enjoy some fresh air and give my heating and air conditioning unit a breather.

  • I can do one better than a resolution, letter and phone call

    When the reporters at the Beacon (or The Brunswick, since one side of our sign hasn’t been repaired yet), cover a meeting, the story you see in the paper normally starts with the biggest news and prioritizes the rest.

    So in last week’s Brunswick County commissioner meeting story, the first thing you read about was the engineering study that recommended a reverse osmosis water filtration system was the best option to keep GenX and other contaminants brought to you by The Chemours Co. out of your drinking water.

    At a cost of $99 million.

  • How to avoid and report scam headaches during tax season

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    We all get busy during tax season, and that includes the thieves who specialize in taking your money. While you’re working to get all of your information in order to file your taxes, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams designed to get your personal information or rob you of your refund.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Our interim committees and select committees were in full swing again last week in the General Assembly. The first meeting of the House Select Committee on School Safety was held Wednesday, March 21. As a member of the committee, I was very interested in how we would proceed on this extremely important subject. It turned out to be a very productive all-day meeting.

  • You decide: Frequently asked national debt questions

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on: What is the country going to do about the national debt? I certainly understand the concern with the national debt now more than $20 trillion, and no end in sight. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the national debt will rise to more than $90 trillion by 2047.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    In the North Carolina General Assembly last week, committees were in full swing and some were making the news. My only committee that met in Raleigh was the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform.

  • Don’t put off preparing for the worst

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    When I prepare wills and other advance directives for clients, they often mention how long they have been putting off this task. Even as an attorney, I long procrastinated on preparing these documents for myself. It’s nobody’s idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon. But one excuse people often use to avoid this task needs to be addressed because it’s based on a faulty assumption.

  • Another year older, but apparently not any wiser

    Just a few days before my birthday last week, another one of my infamous migraine headaches knocked me for a loop. Even though the pain had me sobbing and hysterical, I tried to convince my parents I’d be OK and would see a doctor as soon as I felt well enough to drive. My mom was still recovering from a bout of the crud and I didn’t want them to worry.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    With the North Carolina General Assembly being officially out of session, all our time is spent in committee meetings and events both in Raleigh and back in our home districts.

    Last week I attended plenty of both. We met with our transportation oversight committee in Raleigh and I had meetings with groups and individuals in all parts of our district in Brunswick County.