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  • County, school board members to talk sales tax referendum

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will pitch a quarter-cent county sales tax increase to the town boards and civic organizations in person.

    County board members voted 4-1 on Feb. 24 to add a voter referendum for the quarter-cent county sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot.

    Commissioner Frank Williams was the dissenting vote.

    Following the vote, county public information officer Amanda Hutcheson asked commissioners to help publicize the referendum.

  • Shallotte restaurant co-stars in McCarthy comedy’s first trailer

    SHALLOTTE — The first movie trailer for the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” co-stars Shallotte restaurant The Grille.

    “Somebody said to me, ‘You were on the national news,’” Grille owner Sal Rubio said. “They showed the trailer on ‘Ellen,’ then people started calling.”

    Rubio has an email list to send weekly specials and other announcements to customers, so he sent a link of the trailer to everyone.

    “I was surprised to see that much of the trailer was from here,” Rubio said.

  • Carolina Shores talks trees

    CAROLINA SHORES —Tree talk dominated town commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, March 3.

    Three weeks after a second ice storm descended on the region, the town is still picking up fallen tree debris.

    In her monthly report, interim town administrator Julie Munday noted the ice storm caused much damage, but not enough to declare a state or federal emergency.

    As a result, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will not be removing personal debris related to the storm from town rights-of-way.

  • CRC votes to lift Mad Inlet hazard designation

    The Coastal Resources Commission has approved lifting an inlet hazard designation for Mad Inlet.

    Approval came with a 10-to-1 board vote last week in Nags Head.

    “Of course, we’re very disappointed,” said Sunset Beach island resident Sue Weddle, who is among locals opposed to lifting the designation.

    “We just don’t understand how they can ignore the town and its wishes and base it on a request never made by the town,” she said.

  • Woman blames HOA treatment for decision not to build

    SUPPLY — It was going to be Ali and Terry Blake’s dream retirement home — a freshly built house on a pristine street with all the amenities in the upscale Oyster Harbour community.

    But after already spending an estimated $20,000 in out-of-pocket cash toward building and going through hoops over their house plans, Ali Blake said last week she has decided not to build there.

    The Texas resident blames the way she has been treated by the community’s architectural review board.

  • Beacon earns eight N.C. Press Association awards

    The Brunswick Beacon collected eight awards in the 2013 North Carolina Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism competition. The awards were formally announced during a Feb. 27 ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill.

    Sports editor Michael Paul earned three awards: first place for sports feature photo (John McNeil somersaults after scoring against North Brunswick, published in the Sept. 12 edition), second place for sports feature photo (“This one was for my brother,” published in the Feb. 7 edition), and third place for sports coverage.

  • Spate of break-ins investigated on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — The town police department is investigating a spate of recent break-ins on the island.

    Police chief Lisa Massey, speaking at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night, March 3, said to report suspicious activity to the police department or to call 911.

    “It’s better to be safe than sorry, and we are working on some leads on those cases,” she said.

  • Southport woman charged with two DWIs in less than three hours

     A Southport woman was accused of driving while impaired last weekend twice in less than three hours.

    An officer with the Southport Police Department pulled over 39-year-old Veronica Wynita White, of 713 Summit Road, just before 2 a.m. Feb. 22, arrest reports show.

    White was charged with DWI and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Facility about 2:45 a.m., where a magistrate ordered a revocation of White’s license for 30 days, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte Middle hosts career fair

     SHALLOTTE — Nearly 200 students piled into the Shallotte Middle School gymnasium Friday, Feb. 28, and they weren’t there to cheer on the Pirates basketball team.

    The school hosted its annual career fair and the eighth-graders filed around the gym for nearly two hours.

    The students visited booths featuring different careers ranging from funeral service director to broadcast journalist.

  • School board approves capital improvement plan

     Brunswick County school leaders have approved a five-year capital improvement plan that addresses decaying buildings and student overcrowding.

    The school board approved the proposal at its Feb. 25 board retreat. 

    The plan becomes the system’s blueprint for capital projects and ultimately guides the Board of Education’s actions to secure funds necessary to accomplish the system’s goals.