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Columns

  • Strawberry pop and a smile help ease rough workdays

    It’s a common superstition — and one I buy into, based on personal experience — that lunar phases affect people’s behavior, with full moons bringing the wackiness out of some folks. The next full moon, a Strawberry Moon, isn’t scheduled until Thursday, June 28, but one astrological calendar I found online tells me last Thursday and Friday had “void moons,” or times to avoid starting anything important because projects do not tend to be as productive.

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was busy, both on the floors of the House and Senate and in committee rooms. We passed bills on school safety and elections; we moved the Build NC Bond Act through three committees; we passed local bills, including two for Brunswick County towns; and we saw the governor veto the budget, which was overridden in the Senate immediately.

  • You decide: how will the workforce change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job. It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering a job market undergoing change, because change in the labor market has always been the norm. Even in the best of times, some jobs are being eliminated while others are created.

  • North Brunswick High grads share message of love

    Footage from North Brunswick High School’s graduation this past Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College has gone viral on social media, for a wonderful reason.

  • You decide: is it time for a mileage tax?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two decades ago, I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. Many people still communicated by writing letters.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seems the last two weeks in the North Carolina General Assembly have been all about the budget, but we also have been filing local bills and bills that were recommended by study committees.

  • Travel free from scam-related stress this summer

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    What’s better than the beginning of summer? Longer days, warm weather, and for many, summer vacations. But nothing will cause a trip to go off the rails faster than falling victim to a travel scam. When you’re planning your travel this year, plan ahead with these tips to help ensure a headache-free trip.

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • I’ve got a bad feeling about this

    I spent my Memorial Day Weekend doing what I have done off and on when

    the opportunity arose for the past four decades: going to see a “Star Wars” movie. That started way back in 1977.

    And for the first six movies of the franchise, which took the next 25 years, each movie started with the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare, then the ubiquitous “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...” then — boom! — the “Star Wars” theme, followed by the crawl that caught you up with the latest exploits.