• Our Hurricane Florence experience

    By Bob Milner

    Guest Columnist

    There are literally thousands of stories of what happened to people during Hurricane Florence. This is ours. We live in a subdivision (Winding Creek) off Bethel Road in Southport. There were ample warnings to leave the area before Hurricane Florence hit. As it was approaching the coast, the storm went from a category 5 to a category 2. Had it been at a category 3, we were leaving. Both of our daughters were (and are) extremely upset with our decision.

  • Beware of online shopping scams

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    We’re heading into holiday season, which means lots of shopping for many of us. I enjoy buying gifts from local stores, but increasingly people shop online. Shopping online can be convenient, but it has its own risks. If you’re buying online, here are some ways to protect your money and personal information.

  • Reducing infant mortality requires awareness, holistic approach

    By Anita Bachmann

    Guest Columnist

    Losing a child before their first birthday is an unthinkable tragedy for any parent and unfortunately occurs too often in North Carolina, where we far outpace the nation in infant mortality.

  • 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.