• Congress must preserve SHIIP funding

    By Mike Causey

    guest Columnist

    An effort is under way in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish.

    North Carolina’s SHIIP office gets about $1.4 million a year from the federal government, making up about 65 percent of the program’s budget. The remaining 35 percent comes from state sources.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Community College’s hidden gem

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Residents of Brunswick County readily identify and enjoy the wonderful resources associated with living in an active beach community. The locale’s waterways, beaches, sports fishing, golf courses, senior services and personal enrichment activities are available and highly visible for our citizenry. However, the county also holds a multitude of hidden gems that may not be noticed by the general public.

  • Beacon nets seven 2017 N.C. Press Association awards
  • 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.