• Behold barbecue’s potential power as a political unifying force

    Munchies, an online channel for the website Vice, tweeted Sunday, “Why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? http://bit.ly/2ETQqvW”

    Within less than 24 hours, it generated enough heat to roast a whole hog in a matter of minutes.

    The author of the original piece, Nicholas Gill, told Buzzfeed the photo that keeps accompanying his 2014 story doesn’t really represent “Brooklyn barbecue” but rather its aesthetic.

    What it looks like to me is a plate of sadness, not barbecue as we know it here in the South.

  • The only perfect place for one-stop early voting is on the phone in my pocket

    I attended a Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting a couple weeks ago when the board was struggling with finding a new location for the one-stop early voting site in the Leland area since they couldn’t use a Leland building again this year.

  • You decide: Will direct flight to China boost N.C. economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My first long distance trip outside my hometown of Cincinnati was to West Virginia by train. Although my memory is fuzzy (this was in the 1950s) it wasn’t a luxury train. In fact, I don’t even remember a meal car. I don’t think I cared. I was mesmerized by watching the scenery go by, especially the hills and valleys of the Mountain State.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we were not in session, but we had many committee meetings in Raleigh, two of which I am a member.

  • Beacon nets seven 2017 N.C. Press Association awards
  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the bill known as the “class size fix” for elementary schools, we continued to hold dozens of committee meetings, I was able to attend meetings back here in the district, and candidate filing started all over the state.

  • Congress quietly creates a new health care crisis

    By Pamela Tripp

    Guest Columnist

    A virulent flu season is under way and the number of opioid overdoses

    continues to climb, yet our public health is more vulnerable than ever because Community Health Centers like CommWell Health are running out of time and money.

    Critical funding for our program expired Oct. 1, 2017. Since then, all health centers have been operating under a “funding cliff.”

  • Sunset Beach accomplished much last year

    By Robert A. Forrester

    Guest Columnist

    During calendar year 2017, Sunset Beach town staff and town council addressed and accomplished a substantial number of matters. A brief synopsis follows:


  • The Beacon moves to new press plant in Charleston, S.C.

    Something’s different about your Beacon this week, but it’s so subtle you may not be able to figure out what it is.

    I’ll go ahead and tell you: The pages are a smidgen shorter but a skosh wider.

    Something else has changed, too: What’s printed on the pages should be much crisper and easier to read.

    Want more good news?

    Although our community news deadline remains noon Thursdays, we expect to work through our backlog of submissions much more quickly — and soon.

  • The signage, like the Jurassic age, should die off


    When I hear that word, I know somebody is making plans. There’s a conceptual plan or a master plan in the works. Or it’s a budget planning season.

    And when those plans are made, way down the list of priorities is the need for signs to let everyone know the plan is complete and if you follow the signs you can see the result.

    I get that. There will always be a need for a sign, or signs, to help us find our way.

    But how in the world did that translate into “signage?”

    Oh, how I hate that word.