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  • County planning board revises solar farm ordinance criteria

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Planning Board members proposed new regulations for building solar farms Jan. 8 by revising recommendations turned down by county commissioners in November.

    County commissioners sent the planning board proposals back for another review after residents spoke in opposition of solar farm rules changes they saw as too restrictive during a Nov. 20 public hearing.

  • Commissioner denies homeowners insurance rate increase

    The state’s new insurance commissioner followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by denying a request for a homeowners insurance rate increase.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey rejected the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposal for a statewide 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase, according to a Jan. 5 news release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

  • Shallotte, developer head for mediation

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

     

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is preparing for mediation with its riverfront developer after reaching a contract impasse.

    Aldermen voted at their first meeting of the year Jan. 4 to notify Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, that the town was prepared to implement the mediation provision in its amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Calabash woman accused of assaulting same man twice in a week

    A Calabash woman accused of stabbing a man late last year is accused of assaulting him again less than a week later.

    Gloria Thomas, 76, of Wampee Street was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    Warrants show Thomas used a steak knife to stab the man in the foot Dec. 29. She was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released that day on $2,500 bail.

  • Former Holden Beach commissioner Pat Sandifer dies

    Former Holden Beach commissioner Patricia “Pat” Sandifer died unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Jan. 5, at age 77.

    Sandifer served the town as a commissioner from 1999-2001 and 2005-2007.

    She was also the owner of Holden Beach Properties, a real estate company on the island.

  • Three men face meth charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on methamphetamine-related charges.

    Jamie Fernandes Rosario Eppard, 36, of W.W. Gene Lane in Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling ort place for a controlled substance, felony counts of conspiring to sell methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

    Warrants show Eppard conspired Dec. 18 with two others to sell methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Pastor snowballs into ‘N.C. Green Swamp Weather Rock’ fame

    When snow and ice befell the region last week, church pastor Anthony Clemmons did his part to turn the deep-freeze into a new enterprise.

    The longtime pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia virtually went viral after unveiling his “North Carolina Green Swamp Weather Rock” on weather videos posted on Facebook.

    By the end of the week, Clemmons found new fame with his broadcasts that were picked up by a Wilmington TV station.

  • Georgia man accused of using match.com to scam Southport woman

     

  • Carolina Shores lauds volunteers

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners kicked off the New Year recognizing its many volunteers at the board’s first workshop of 2018 on Monday, Jan. 8.

    Mayor Joyce Dunn presented certificates to members of the town’s volunteer environmental management advisory, business promotion and prosperity and civic health, wellness and recreation groups. She also recognized winners in the town’s photo contest and members of the Carolina Shores POA Architectural Control Committee for their contributions to the town.

  • Sunset at Sunset rears head in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — It was a “non-agenda” topic that dominated Sunset Beach Town Council’s first meeting of the year Monday night.

    At the start of the Jan. 8 meeting, council members approved removing from the agenda on a 3-2 vote councilman Richard Cerrato’s proposal to discuss management of the annual fall event, except for approving its date for this year of Oct. 6.

    Mayor Robert Forrester charged since 2010 Cerrato has opposed town control of the event and continues to reiterate the same things.