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Today's Opinions

  • Shame on scammers targeting victims of Hurricane Florence

    Disasters have a way of bringing communities together with an outpouring of support for those who find themselves in need. But as surely as we can count on fire ants banding together to float on floodwaters, a hurricane like Florence draws out some of the most unscrupulous thieves in existence.

    Looters and vandals who strike vacant businesses, homes and vehicles are bad enough. Even worse are the scam artists who lie in wait for the opportunity to take advantage of people in their most vulnerable moments.

  • Thanks to all who helped during hurricane

    By the time Hurricane Florence made landfall last Thursday night at Wrightsville Beach in neighboring New Hanover County, it seemed most of the people in Brunswick County had heeded official orders to evacuate for higher ground away from the coast.

    Some found shelter at West, North and South Brunswick high schools, where they were able to bring their pets with proper documentation. Others elected to ride the storm out at their homes.

    But many stayed behind to serve.

  • Do not let litter trash our county

    Before Hurricane Florence decided to head for our coastline this week and make a mess, state and local officials were encouraging residents to clean up the litter in their communities.

  • Recognize hallmarks shared by addiction, suicide

    Last Friday, B.A.C.K O.F.F. of Brunswick hosted its first overdose awareness event at Shallotte’s Mulberry Park. The event coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day, held Aug. 31 to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma associated with drug-related deaths.

    It also served as an introduction to September’s observance as both National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

  • Return of rice festival chance to create regional event

    In 2014, northern Brunswick County looked to its history to create the North Carolina Rice Festival as a new annual event.

    The festival was the brainchild of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo owner W.C. Lanier, who organized the two-day event with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to recognize the cash crop that helped establish the county. It featured a rice-cooking contest, a beer garden for adults, a children’s entertainment zone, arts and crafts and live entertainment, plus a Youth Art Contest open to students in all Brunswick County schools.

  • Dixie Youth teams make county proud

    The season may be over for four of our county’s Dixie Youth baseball teams, but they should be proud of what they accomplished this summer.

    The Leland National AAA 10-and-Under All-Stars won the state tournament, played at Waccamaw Park in Ash, with a shutout — and without losing a game — and earned the right to represent North Carolina in the World Series.

  • Free press essential to our freedom

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    It is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and it has remained unaltered since our nation was established.

  • Sheriff's office, citizens can take pride in CALEA honor

    Technically, what the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received July 28 from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. is accreditation.

    But for both the sheriff’s office and the community it serves, it is an honor.

    CALEA was established in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, according to calea.org.