• Being at the right place at the right time

    My Memorial Day was almost marked for disaster. After paying my respects to those who are serving and have served in our armed forces (we cannot thank them enough), I decided to trek down to Sunset Beach to take photos for the paper and try to relax for a few hours.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    We have had yet another eventful week at the General Assembly, updates to the 2014 budget proposal, teacher pay raises, energy exploration and regulatory reform.


    2014 Senate budget proposal

  • How Accountable Care Organizations affect Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist


    If you are on Medicare, you may have recently been contacted by an Accountable Care Organization and asked for access to your health records and other Medicare information.

  • From the North Carolina state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Week two of the short session began early with a Monday, May 19, 4 p.m. session. This was in order to read in dozens of new bills and get the week off to a fast start. Many meetings were held with our colleagues to discuss the upcoming bills. This included tax issues, as well as energy, education and young offender’s legislation.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina Senate reconvened for the short session last week and there is no shortage of work to be done.

    The primary purpose of the short session is to make necessary adjustments to the budget so government spending will continue to benefit citizens and improve efficiency.

    Last July, we passed a two-year budget that invested in core services, streamlined state government, strengthened public education and helped grow North Carolina’s economy while cutting taxes for all North Carolinians.

  • Support and appreciate the good in our community

    Before I get too deep into my column this week, I want to ask: Has anyone else noticed how lovely downtown Shallotte looks right now, especially on Main Street along the river?

  • 'Dueling ceremonies' familiar Memorial Day scenario in Calabash

    Calabash has to be the most patriotic town in Brunswick County, if not North Carolina and the entire United States.

    For the past decade, as best my not-so-baby (boomer) memory strains to serve me, I have covered Memorial Day ceremonIES in the Seafood Capital.

    I stress the plural part because, as most Calabash Seafood Capitalists know by now, the town traditionally has two, even three, ceremonies paying tribute to our fallen heroes, veterans and active-duty service members alike.

    This is an absolutely good thing.

  • Busing situation lacks consistency

    In the newsroom we often hear about stories we aren’t involved in covering, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing.

    This week, that story is the board of education’s decision to switch back to a traditional bussing schedule.

    A surprising twist considering our man with the school system, Sam Hickman, had explained the superintendent intended to switch the high school and elementary route times, but remain on a staggered bus schedule.

  • Florence Bruce at age 100

    By Verniece E. Stanley

    Guest Columnist

    The first half of the 19th century, freed blacks had increasing difficulties surviving.

    Florence Bruce was born in Bolivia on May 22, 1914. She can tell how her father got the land. The land deeds were kept by grandparents and given to him to keep as a young man. The land was located near a plantation. The owners were no longer living there. Most of the soil was good for farming. Farming was a way of life with a family.

  • General Assembly report

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina Senate convened the 2014 Short Session. The new Senate members were recognized and seated on opening day, Wednesday, May 14. They are Jeff Jackson from Charlotte, Joyce Kraweic from Kernersville and Terry Van Duyn from Asheville. Inductees from the NASCAR Hall of Fame were also recognized that day. We finished up tasks from the interim committees. We are now working in standing committees. We are off to a fast start and are excited about our plans for this session.