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Columns

  • A lot to show for getting older

    By Lena Vaughan

    Guest Columnist

    On March 18, I celebrated another year on the planet, commonly known as a birthday. When we are kids, we love ‘em!

    I don’t remember a lot about birthdays as a young child. There were no big parties or trips to an amusement part. As we get older, wanting that driver’s license, etc., we can’t wait for them.

    I did not anxiously await them then, either. Finally, in my 20s, I came to enjoy them. Friends would take me out and we did what passed then for celebrating.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, budget meetings continued May 9 and 10, the House Select Committee on School Safety approved its report of recommendations, and most House and Senate members survived their primary elections.

  • You decide: should we pay Amazon to come to North Carolina?

    By Dr, Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The Final Four is over; now it’s time for the “Final 20.”

    What sport is this, you say? It’s for the Amazon Cup, the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber retail giant’s second headquarters. North Carolina has a player in the competition, the Triangle region, and now Amazon analysts are making visits to the final 20 before announcing a winner sometime this year.

  • Influence peddling and bird watching, from the desk of Brian Slattery

    I have a couple callbacks to make in this week’s column, one involving our last episode and the other going way back to spring 2016.

    First off, my politicking last month paid off in an unexpected way.

    After putting out the word that the Beacon office has been a Girl Scout cookie-free zone — a cookie desert, some might say — for too long, a surprise delivery showed up here at the Beacon.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we met with the House Select Committee on School Safety, we met in several budget committee meetings and we got ready for the short session.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Community College celebrates our local businesses

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Small businesses in America create one out of three new jobs each year. Since 1963, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation establishing a National Small Business Week to recognize the outstanding economic impact of entrepreneurs and small business owners. For 2018, April 30-May 4 has been designated such.

  • No win, place or show for Beaconeers on battlefield

    While the members of other teams in the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Brunsco Battlefield on Saturday morning arrived wearing coordinating T-shirts with catchy slogans, inspirational posters and cheering fan sections, it looked like we simply showed up.

    But Kay Milliken, Laura Lewis, Lindsay Kriz, Brian Slattery, team captain Sam Hickman and I came equipped with the spirit of friendly competition. “We’re representing the public,” I told them.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, committees were meeting virtually every day, discussions were beginning on the budget adjustments and new security measures were being installed.

    Interim and select committees were finishing their business, in preparation for the beginning of the short session May 16. Two committees on which I serve met April 25 and 26.

  • Hospitals should do the right thing for their staff as well as their patients

    By Tom Siemers

    Guest Columnist

    All patients who enter the doors of Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport rightly expect to receive high-quality care in a safe, clean environment, but I’d wager that few patients in any hospital consider whether it is also safe and clean for the medical professionals who provide that care.

  • God and recovery: can you have one without the other?

    By Joshua Torbich

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, I spoke with a select group of students and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, just a 30-minute presentation about the opioid epidemic and the impact it’s having in southeastern North Carolina.

    At the conclusion of my presentation, I went into the foyer where a number of organizations had resource tables set up offering information to those in attendance.