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Today's News

  • Constantly baffled by commissioner’s bad behaviors

    Ahh, county commissioner Charles Warren, just when we think you can’t surprise us with your antics again, you do.

    Who said politics can’t be entertaining?

  • Holden Beach sets tax rate

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    Holden Beach Commissioners unanimously approved a $7.2 million total operations budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    The estimated new tax rate for property owners will be 12.7 cents for every $100 of valuation.

    The main thing commissioners changed from town manager David Hewett’s proposed budget was not approving a cost-of-living raise but rather giving a one-time bonus with $31,000 to be split among the town’s 24 employees.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, June 1

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Edna Liz Allison, PG improper equipment.

  • Volunteer for Sunnyside today

    SHALLOTTE—Old Sunnyside School is approaching its 100th birthday.

    The school built in 1915 contains many fond memories for area residents. Over the years a dedicated group of volunteers formed a non-profit organization called Save Old Sunnyside to help save the building and relocate it as close as possible to its original location.

  • Making tough choices but not going anywhere

    SHALLOTTE—Recently word worked its way through the grapevine and back to Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Director Carol Phelps that the nonprofit was in danger of shutting its doors.

    “I want to reassure the community and clarify the financial health of this organization,” Phelps said. “Yes, we are operating in a deficit (of donations) like all nonprofits, but we are not going anywhere.”

  • County issues water conservation alert

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County officials have issued a water conservation alert.

    Brunswick County is currently in a drought, and Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said water usage levels are nearing capacity.

    Recently, peak water usage was more than 24 million gallons per day, which represents about 80 percent of the county’s 30-million-gallon-per-day capacity, Pierce said.

  • Brunswick athletes to compete in State Games

     Eleven Brunswick County athletes will be competing in baseball, softball and soccer in the annual Powerade State Games of North Carolina.

    In boys’ soccer, West Brunswick’s Scottie Melvin and Alex Harrell, along with South Brunswick’s Dominic Cunliffe and Willie McRae, are on the East roster. South Brunswick coach Joseph Salzler is an East assistant coach.

    The two-day competition consists of North, South, West and East teams.

  • Speakers light up Old Bridge events in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Summer at the Old Bridge regularly features local speakers on a variety of topics related to the old Sunset Beach Bridge. Most recently Ed Gore and Bill Bradford shared stories.

    Gore, whose father Mannon C. Gore built the original bridge, talked about how his father worked on the bridge at his shop near Twin Lakes Restaurant. Seated on lawn chairs under live oaks, a group of locals and visitors listened with interest. Mannon Gore also built a bridge to Figure Eight Island.

  • Fake letter incites honchos at Carolina Shores Town Hall

    The letter looks fishy from the get-go, to anyone older than 5 who knows how to read, write, spell and use grammar real good.

    “The Town of Carolina Shores have received numerious complaints regarding a red Toyota Truck being operated in a reckless manor throughout the neighborhood,” reads the missive recently mailed to the home of local residents Bill and Louise McGarva.

    There’s nothing worse than an illicit truck in a reckless manor.

    “A) Speed to fast for road conditions

  • Paving change-order OK'd in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is working to remedy problems with paving in the Village at Calabash, last week approving a contract change-order and budget amendment.

    While road improvements on Palmer Drive are nearing completion, the change-order is to repair roads damaged during construction, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

    “The damage was not unanticipated,” Hargett said at town commissioners’ June 9 meeting. “It was certainly known beforehand substandard condition of the streets would result in some damage.