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Columns

  • A morning in Sunset Beach for a shellfish cause

    Confession time: I’ve never eaten an oyster.

    In season one of one my all-time favorite shows, “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” Mike went to South Carolina to harvest oysters with Ed Palmer in Folly Creek. “Now here’s the thing: some point in our history, some guy — like you — wandered around and opened something like this up, and looked in there and saw that and said, ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s what I want to eat,’” Mike told Ed, gesturing toward the oyster meat on a freshly opened shell.

  • Former paper struggles to fight the good fight

    Last Friday, I trekked up to Florence, S.C., for an overdue annual checkup with my doctor (and to figure out the next step for tackling my more frequent and persistent migraines). After getting a new prescription and having blood drawn to gauge how all my other meds are working, I decided to surprise my best friend Tracy at her office.

    We met when we both worked at the Morning News — she in prepress, me in the newsroom — when the press was in a back lot on Railroad Avenue and the offices were on South Irby Street.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    A highlight of last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was

    a meeting of a work group of the House Select Committee on School Safety. The School Physical Safety Work Group met April 17 to work on immediate solutions to make our schools as safe as possible. The other work group is working on long-term solutions such as psychologists and counselors.

  • Don’t fall for the quick fix

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    Spring cleaning sometimes leads to spring home repairs. Updating or fixing your home can be stressful. There are many decisions to make and, of course, you want to make sure that any work done on your home is done well and lasts.

  • This is a call for cookies

    Last week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon had a notice announcing the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines scouts who sold the most cookies in this area this year.

    It went on to say the Coastal Pines Girl Scouts average number of boxes sold per girl was 261.

    I want to send this message out to the second- or third-place finisher or, heck, even the winner if she is looking to clean up again next year.

    If you want to increase your sales, don’t overlook the Beacon, or its staff. Or more specifically, me.

  • You decide: What is causing the stock market to worry?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Column

    I’m fond of telling this story about the late Nobel

    Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. At one of his public lectures, Friedman was asked to give a forecast for the stock market. Before answering, the heralded economist said he had developed a model for predicting the stock market, and he had recently re-calibrated the model using the latest information; therefore, he had fresh forecasts.

  • Chamber involvement builds community connections

    Tuesdays in the Beacon newsroom are production days, crunch time for getting the week’s news together. It’s when deadlines bear down on us to get pages to our press in Charleston, S.C., on time, even as we cover meetings, elections or any other stories that break that day. Odds are I’ll have had at least enough time for a nap between the time I leave work late Monday and the time I return a few hours later to put it all into gear.

  • You decide: Can we reduce invisible unemployment?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall below 4 percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment” and an increasing number of companies are citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in General Assembly, we met in committees or traveled to

    meetings almost every day and welcomed the new super cranes to the Port of Wilmington.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.