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Columns

  • 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.

  • You decide: what should be done about income inequality?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Income inequality is one of those terms that receive different reactions from people. Some view it as a natural result of our economic system. Others view it as the rich robbing the poor. Still, others ignore it by focusing on their own lives and whether they are making progress.

  • News is reported even when nightmares come true

    It was only one story.

    One factual, accurate and fair piece of reporting about a harassment case apparently motivated a man to redirect a festering rage to a community newspaper and take it out June 28 on the innocent people who worked there.

    I didn’t know Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith or Wendi Winters, but they were just as much my colleagues as anyone else I work with here at the Beacon or have worked with in my newspaper career.

  • Tariffs on newsprint have impact on Beacon coverage

    Now that’s you’ve read this week’s editorial, let me tell you what it means for the Beacon.

    The people who regularly send us community news items already know we haven’t been able to publish them as promptly as we have in the past. The No. 1 reason for our community news backlog is not having enough pages. Submissions are held for a week, then two, and so on until we have enough space for them after we’ve placed all ads and news stories on our pages every week.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we overrode the governor’s veto on two election bills, we moved local bills through committees and both chambers, and we learned about constitutional amendments to be voted on shortly.

    Many of our votes in the N.C. House last week were votes to concur with bills that had passed the House earlier, and had been sent to the Senate. There they had been changed, so we had to concur, or agree, to the Senate changes.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we handled well more than 100 bills in the House and Senate, we overrode the governor’s veto of the state budget and we passed several bills of local interest.

  • Incentivize disaster preparedness measures, improve infrastructure

    By Mac Montgomery

    Guest Columnist

    The rest of the country is finally learning what we on the coast have known for a long time: the United States needs better, smarter infrastructure. Record-breaking storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Matthew show we cannot continue the status quo with our nation’s roadways, bridges, drinking water, dams, energy grid and more.

  • Has your summer officially started yet?

    When does summer start?

    That question has a different answer for different people.

    Around these parts, the season for beach towns begins on Memorial Day.

    For the kids, it must still be considered the first day after the last day of school.

    Traditionalists probably waited until today, June 21.

    For me, there are two determining factors that go into deciding if summer has arrived.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center poised to serve more

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    For about five years, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s ministry has done a great job ministering to a fixed number of men with a program that works exceptionally well. Our growth has been limited for many reasons, but in the last two years all that has changed.

    BCRC has come to realize that God wants us to do more. The need is great and we feel called to double the size of all that we do and to also build a women’s ministry.