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  • Voters were wrong about sales tax

    To the editor:

    It was sad to read in last week’s Beacon what can't be funded because of the voters’ rejection of the sales tax referendum. I think the main reason it failed was that the county did a poor job of selling it to the people. What people saw was a sales tax for sand, not the fact that our beaches bring millions of dollars of tourist money to the county.

  • Who's responsible for what debated in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are debating who’s responsible for what when it comes to drainage easements and landscape maintenance.

    During discussion at the town board’s monthly workshop July 7, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said a Northwest Drive resident has asked the town to consider taking over maintenance of a drainage easement between Courts 6 and 7.

    But town commissioners were in agreement the town cannot be responsible for easements it doesn’t own.

  • 'Tammy' fetches a crowd during first-week Shallotte premiere

    As the new movie “Tammy” debuted last week on the big screen, locals turned out to see the Melissa McCarthy comedy, portions of which were filmed in Shallotte and elsewhere in Brunswick County.

    Among movie-goers was local Chef Sal Rubio, who provided use of his Shallotte restaurant, The Grille, to be converted for filming last year into “Topperjack’s,” the fictitious fast-food place that gets held up by McCarthy’s starring character after she is fired.

  • Finished roundabout gets around to July 16 ribbon cutting in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — As work wraps up on the town’s new roundabout, the town will have a ribbon cutting to officially launch the stoplight-free intersection.

    The ceremony tentatively is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the newly constructed roundabout at the mainland entrance to the high-rise bridge, town administrator Susan Parker said.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation had to be finished with construction of the roundabout by the Fourth of July, which it succeeded in doing last week, Parker said.

  • Memorial service for World War II Navy veteran set for July 13

    He was a familiar sight at local veterans’ events, proudly attired in his U.S. Navy uniform that still fit decades after his military service.

    Omaha Beach D-Day survivor Tom Koester was part of the Greatest Generation and the legion of World War II veterans whose numbers are dwindling daily by the hundreds, according to the National World War II Museum.

    This past June 16, Koester died at 89 surrounded by his family following an illness.

  • Bolivia man charged in shooting

    A dispute between neighbors over a cell phone led to a shooting at Supply residence Sunday, July 6, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Alexander Lamont Grissett, 17, of Ocean Highway East in Bolivia, is charged with assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary, according to an arrest warrant.

  • Man wanted on child sexual assault charges captured in Idaho

    A man wanted since May in a Leland sexual assault case involving a child was arrested at an Idaho cattle ranch.

    Fernando “Flaco” Vargas-Julio is charged by the Leland Police Department and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office with disseminating obscenity to a minor, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts each of first-degree sex offense with a child and crimes against nature, according to a news release issued Tuesday, July 8, by the police department.

  • Detectives seek people of interest in VFW theft

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives are looking for people of interest in the July 2 theft of a pig cooker from a Supply VFW post.

    Detectives believe the item was taken that morning from VFW Post 8866 at 573 Sabbath Home Road, according to a news release issued Tuesday, July 8.

    Two men and a pickup truck were captured on surveillance footage from the post before the theft was reported.

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Tony Henson at 253-2777.

  • Back to normal: Holiday weekend proceeds

    After a daylong Fourth of July Eve visit, Hurricane Arthur has cleared the local coast, allowing holiday events to proceed Friday, including Fourth of July parades in Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Southport, and several fireworks shows.

    Friday, local beaches were jammed with beach-goers soaking up sun and fun on land and sea.

    In Sunset Beach, business was brisk at Island Market, Sunset Slush and other establishments lining Sunset Boulevard.

  • Brunswick County unemployment remains below 7 percent in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate grew to 6.8 percent from April to May 2014.

    The rate was still at a lower level than the county experienced in the past two years.

    It is the first increase in unemployment since January, but at the time unemployment was almost two points higher at 8.7 percent.