• On Campus with BCC: Encore careers at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • Courtesy counts in community news submissions

    Brie Jackson, one of my friends and former colleaguez at WBTW News13 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., reported while working in Roanoke Va., the story of a coffee shop that lowered its prices for cordial customers.

    Cups Coffee & Tee in Grandin, Va., charged those who asked for “one small coffee” $5; “one small coffee, please,” $3; and “Hello, I’d like one small coffee, please,”’ $1.75.

    “Workers said it started as a joke but turned into a good message,” Brie reported in July 2016.

  • You decide: is there really a new debate over capitalism versus socialism for our economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I took my first college economics course in 1969. One of the topics in the course was about alternative ways a country can organize its economy. Since my wife will tell you one of my passions is organization (for example, I have to have my books and folders all at right angles on my desk), this was likely the subject that most “hooked” me on economics.

  • Grandma Torok would be so proud of me

    I don’t have to tell baseball fans who’s standing beside me in the photo to the left.

    For readers who don’t follow the sport, he’s the one and only Omar Vizquel: the best shortstop to wear a Cleveland Indians uniform my dad says he’s ever seen.

    “Wow,” Omar said when I told him that. “Cleveland has had some pretty good shortstops.”

  • Purr therapy available online and at our shelters

    There’s a common joke that the Internet was created just so people could watch cat videos. I’m certainly doing my part to prove this as fact.

    The story of Grandpa Mason and his kittens is well known among us cat lovers. It goes like this: TinyKittens, a feline rescue organization in Langley, British Columbia, trapped an injured feral tabby covered with scars who was soon diagnosed with terminal kidney disease. Instead of euthanizing him, they took him in as a hospice patient to live in safety and comfort for the remainder of his days.

  • Absentee ballots for everyone

    Absentee ballots for everyone.

    It’s the most sensible and affordable way to get everyone to vote. So let’s make ‘em do it.

    That’s my takeaway from a Brunswick County Board of Elections hearing I attended a couple weeks back, where the idea of scheduling early voting on a Sunday was discussed.

    It was mentioned more than a few times that Brunswick County has not allowed Sunday voting.

  • You decide: is North Carolina keeping up with other states?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

  • Some stories begin with a bang, fade with a fizzle

    This year, I managed to make it to both the Ocean Isle Beach fireworks July 3 and the Calabash fireworks July 4. Both were spectacular! I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy some time off to celebrate Independence Day by participating in one or more celebratory events here in our community last week.

  • Fort Caswell plays host to first Rural Justice Food Summit

    By Chelsea Dunlap

    Guest Columnist

    From April 20-22, the Youth Ambassadors for A Better Community hosted their first-ever Rural Food Justice Summit in Fort Caswell. There were approximately 70 people in attendance and other youth groups, including A Better Chance — A Better Community, Youth Empowered Solutions and NC Field.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed historic constitutional amendments for the voters to decide, we had a record override votes of the governor’s vetoes, and we finished our work for the short session.