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Today's Opinions

  • Smoke alarms still help reduce fire fatalities

    We are pleased to report no mishaps involving fireworks in Brunswick County during this year’s Independence Day celebrations. We are alarmed, however, by the number of fire deaths our state has had so far this year, including one at a mobile home in Leland on May 31 that killed the wife of a Winnabow firefighter. The cause of that fire has not been determined and it is unclear whether the residence had a functional smoke alarm.

  • Belville, county residents owe thanks to Breault

    Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park remains a work in progress pending the addition of a Cape Fear Raptor Center education facility and 1,480-foot waterfront boardwalk among other amenities. But it already boasts features like a 2,400-square-foot observation deck, 125-foot-long fishing pier, concert pavilion, a handicapped accessible mile-long nature trail and farmer’s market.

    The riverwalk park is a jewel for Belville and all of Brunswick County as a regional attraction since it opened in 2015.

  • Tariffs threaten community news, events

    Editor’s note: This editorial is by National Newspaper Association  president Susan Rowell, publisher/regional manager of The Lancaster (S.C.) News/Carolina Gateway, which is owned by the Beacon’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

  • People, pet pig could peacefully co-exist

    In 1993, Seattle changed its municipal code to

    classify potbellied pigs as pets instead of livestock and set a limit of one per owner. Sue Donaldson, the city councilwoman who sponsored the change, told radio station KUOW it was silly to waste resources on going after pig owners because of “one disgruntled citizen” who sought to have their owners charged with violations.

  • County outdoor recreation coalition is needed

    Brunswick County is not just for summertime tourists. Its ranking as the state’s fastest-growing county is proof.

    Yet residents and visitors alike remain unaware ample outdoor recreation opportunities it offers and has the potential to provide year-round, expanding the area’s economy.

  • Health of residents needs more hard work

    Outward appearances indicate Brunswick County boasts a fit population engaged in golfing, kayaking, surfing and other outdoor activities that have necessitated the expansion of parks and similar facilities from Carolina Shores to Leland.

    The latest State of the County Health Report offers a harsh reality check.

  • Lives can depend on hurricane readiness

    According to the National Weather

    Service office in Wilmington, Memorial Day marked another day of record-breaking daily rainfall for May, thanks in large part to Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of this hurricane season, which does not officially begin until Friday, June 1.

    The NWS predicted much of the area could see two to four inches of rain Monday through Wednesday, saturating our already soggy area. Just after noon Monday, the NWS issued a flash flood warning for Brunswick County because of the rainfall brought by Alberto.

  • Be safe: buckle up

    Memorial Day is meant to be a day

    of remembrance for those who died in the service of our nation. As the unofficial kickoff of summer, the holiday weekend also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period when teen traffic deaths historically rise as schools let out for the season, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.