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  • Rash succeeds Yoho as OIB fire chief

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho had one last job to do April 10: attend the town board meeting to receive his retirement recognition.

    Yoho, who retired April 9, was involved with the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department for almost 34 years.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said it was extra special to recognize Yoho “because he is my brother-in-law.”

    “Bobby has served this town for many years, as a volunteer fireman (up to serving) as the fire chief. I can tell you this is in his blood,” Smith said.

  • Drone captures Holden Beach shipwreck at low tide
  • Governor issues budget plan to address testing for GenX

    Gov. Roy Cooper will propose budgeting $14.5 million for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to protect against contaminants like GenX in the water supply.

    GenX and three perfluorinated compounds were identified in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University.

  • Fire commission agrees on standards, seeks more input

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Fire Commission came to an agreement among most of its 19 members on proposed fire department standards during an April 5 meeting.

    Chairman Walt Eccard, mayor of Shallotte, also created two subcommittees — one for municipal fire departments and one for rural departments — to take another look at the standards to see if they are fair to both groups.

  • OIB studies water, sewer fees

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials took their first step at the April 10 town meeting to add water and sewer system development fees to meet the cost of growth.

    North Carolina House Bill 436, the “Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act” signed by Gov. Roy Cooper in July 2017, allows the town to charge a fee for capital improvement or to meet the costs of running existing facilities that serve new development.

    Town commissioners hired McGill Associates to perform a fee analysis, which was presented Tuesday.

  • Shallotte approves third lot for property swap with ABC board

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

     

    SHALLOTTE —Aldermen agreed April 3 to include a third lot in the property swap on Wall Street with the ABC board.

    During their March meeting, aldermen approved two lots to be swapped in an inter-board agreement and resolutions between the town and the ABC board

    The property exchange is necessary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to straighten Shallotte Avenue.

  • Free Dump Week set for April 16-21

    If you only make it to the landfill once a year, your time has come again as Brunswick County hosts the spring Free Dump Week, April 16-21.

    Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling offers residents a free week of trash disposal at the Brunswick County Landfill at 172 Landfill Road NE in Bolivia.

    The landfill opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

    “The biggest thing we ask is, everybody be patient. It’s a large event. The wait can get pretty long,” solid waste coordinator Micki Bozeman said.

  • Happy 95th birthday, Gene Williams: Neighbors throw party for World War II veteran

    SUNSET BEACH — It was the birthday bash to beat all birthday bashes.

    Sunday, friends and neighbors converged at the home of World War II veteran Gene Williams in Sea Trail to celebrate his 95th birthday.

    Williams, who officially reached that milestone this past Monday, April 9, was “king of honor” during the afternoon party where the crowd gathered in his garage at his home in Sea Trail.

  • Child poverty, hunger still at issue in county

    Child poverty and hunger are still major problems in Brunswick County, according to the county’s latest data card.

    Numbers released March 28 by NC Child, a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy group that wrote the report cards, show 55.4 percent of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes, cited as a major risk factor for “negative educational, health and economic outcomes in the future,” compared with 46 percent statewide.

  • County beaches earn recognition

    Brunswick County had three beaches in the top 10, but Emerald Isle was named the best beach in North Carolina by USA Today.

    Oak Island and Holden Beach came in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and Sunset Beach made a showing at No. 9.

    According to 10Best.com, a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote of USA Today readers.

    The top 10 winners in the category Best North Carolina Beach are:

    1.     Emerald Isle