• Heroes of our youth take us on mental and emotional journey

    It’s not often that you see a governor turn back into a 17-year-old kid.
    But that’s what happened last Thursday night when Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at the 50th North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame banquet in the Raleigh Convention Center.
    Making impromptu remarks, McCrory said the main reason he came was because the 1974 N.C. State team was being honored for producing one of the greatest moments in the state’s sports history: the ACC Tournament win over Maryland.

  • Does ‘the season’ mean what I think it means?

    In my conversations with people around Brunswick County these days, I’m hearing more and more references to “the Season.”

    Now I’m not from here, but I know a little bit about what that means because folks in the newspaper office have been hinting about the hectic nature of the tourist season since I got here.

  • Perils in the water are, and sometimes aren’t, as bad as they seem

    We published a story last week about a man whose boat became un-anchored on Bird Island. He swam after it, and was run over and killed by another boat.
    It reminded me of how dangerous swimming after a boat is.
    The west end of Holden Beach used to be much wider on the waterway side. The huge expanse of beach used to draw 20 or 30 boats every summer weekend. People would anchor, disembark and set out their sand chairs.

  • Manhunt makes for compelling television and uplifting ending

    I never hear the Navy Hymn without thinking about President John F. Kennedy’s funeral.
    I was thinking about that Friday night while waiting for the second Boston Marathon bomber to be captured. I was thinking about being glued to the television in 1963 and all the other major news events we’ve watched unfold “live” on television.

  • Moods change with the weather, but it gives us something to talk about

    Just when you thought it was spring, a blanket of blustery chill descends, the central heat kicks on, and you have to get back under a blanket (as I sit writing this under my faux-fur blankie, the one I’ve been carrying around with me since November).

  • Pedal The Beach: Foot power to propel the act of hand-to-mouth

    While the stock market certainly soared last week and the overall economy has improved, the struggle continues for many Brunswick County residents.
    That’s why the Pedal The Beach charity bike ride and festival are important.
    The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall.
    Organizers promise plenty of fun, and all proceeds benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council’s Food Pantry and emergency-aid programs.

  • Adios, Farewell, Hugs

    It is time to say good-bye.

    I’m not leaving Brunswick County—I’m just beginning a new chapter in my career.

    After nearly a decade of chasing the next big story, I am trading in my reporter’s notebook and pen to transition into a new phase.

    As I look back over the career that chose me—I never planned to be a journalist—I have many favorite memories, fond experiences and special relationships I will forever cherish.

  • Re-start the death penalty but only when there’s proof

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Interim Editor

  • Need help with spring de-cluttering? Call a Marine

    My Marine son thinks I should keep things simple.

    “I don’t need a lot of material possessions,” Sgt. Alex once remarked during a visit to my coastal cottage filled to the gills with too much stuff.

    This remark came from a mature young man who, as a boy, had constant visions of owning his own TV and video games, FAO Schwarz and Discovery Channel stores, etc., etc., etc. I don’t know where he got that from.

  • The secret to Lawing’s success: Scheduling before instead of after

    I knew County Manager Marty Lawing was a goner the moment I heard his new employers, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, voted at 1 a.m. to offer him their county manager job.

    Now, I’m not from Guilford County, I’ve never covered Guilford County government, I don’t personally know anyone on the Guilford County board or anyone at all from Guilford County, so I’m going on a gut feeling here.