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Opinion

  • Brunswick County bested the state as a whole in terms of voter turnout for Election Day this year. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, 3,714,582 of the state’s 7,089,657 eligible voters cast ballots, translating into 52.39 percent turnout, while 58,932 of our county’s 103,291 eligible voters did, too, amounting to 57.05 percent.

  • Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the event that prompted the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. It was our nation’s first observance of Veterans Day, as it came to be known in 1954, because the “war to end all wars” was not.

  • Avid Brunswick County cyclists asked the state Department of Transportation in spring 2016 to add bike paths alongside North Carolina Bike Route 3, which comes through Shallotte and goes down N.C. 179, as it prepared to pave sections of the highway in increments through 2018. NCDOT said it was not possible, not only because the request was received too late to alter plans, but also because resurfacing funds are usually not used to widen a road to add bike lanes.

  • Hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30, overlapping with flu season, which began Oct. 1. Both have been deadly in North Carolina in 2018.

    Although the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has not officially recorded any flu fatalities for the current season, which ends in May, state media outlets reported one in Wake County and another in Buncombe County. Both victims were older than 65, just like the majority of those who died as a result of the virus last season across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

  • In the midst of all the breaking news and upcoming Nov. 6 elections (who ya gonna vote for?), it’s time to take a commercial Kit Kat break and address another important seasonal topic: Halloween candy.

    Every year about this time, my email transom starts pouring in with public relations messages from Los Angeles-based CandyStore.com.

  • Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote “When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You” to help teach civics to young children. According to a PBS report, “In a section about voting, the book counsels, ‘You may be guided by the choices of your party, but you should also learn, on your own, the facts about the issues and the candidates.’”

  • It is not as if Brunswick County does not have enough to deal with after Hurricane Florence. In addition to the destruction left in the storm’s wake, residents are dealing with an infestation of large, aggressive mosquitoes floodwaters have left behind.

  • Ever since Hurricane Florence smashed into the Carolinas, everyone has been trying to return to normal as quickly as possible.

    As people who had evacuated Brunswick County slowly but surely returned, even those who came back to find minimal destruction to their property were inconvenienced while government offices and many local businesses remained closed because of structural damage or a lack of supplies and resources.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach was this close to seating a new mayor without controversy.

    Gregg Weiss, the lone candidate to apply for the post by the town’s deadline, seemed the ideal prospect for filling the vacancy left by Robert Forrester, who resigned to protest town council’s decision to fire Town Administrator Susan Parker.

    On June 6, Weiss appeared before all five members of town council to answer their questions and offer his vision for the town should they appoint him to fill the unexpired mayoral term through 2019.

  • Every summer, Brunswick County hopes for a safe summer without any loss of life in a rip current.

    In the first week of July 2013, when four people died within 36 hours after each of them was caught in a rip current, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • Sand collapsed on a man who was trying to tunnel between two 6-foot-deep holes he dug while vacationing at Cape Hatteras National Shore in the summer of 2014. He died after 15 minutes beneath the sand despite frantic efforts to rescue him.

    Although his is an extreme case of a common beach-going activity gone fatally wrong, Ocean Isle Beach officials do not want to see it repeated on their shores.

  • 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.