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  • VIDEO INCLUDED: More than 250 turn out for Sunset Beach candidates’ forum

    It was a full house Thursday night at Sea Trail, where about 270 people turned out for the Meet the Candidates Forum.

    The Brunswick Beacon teamed with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to host the candidate forums prior to the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections.

    The forums provide communities an opportunity to meet candidates and learn more about them, chamber president Cathy Altman said, as well as an opportunity for candidates to learn more about what’s on voters’ minds and stay attuned to the community.

  • Sheriff's detectives searching for stabbing suspect

    Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a Wilmington man they say stabbed a man in Southport multiple times before fleeing the scene Saturday night.

    Benny Edward Ogundeji, 28, of 122 South 9th St., Wilmington, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to arrest reports.

  • Churches expanding to meet growing populations

    Sharon United Methodist Church and Camp United Methodist Church are bursting at the seams, and construction of new, larger sanctuaries is moving ahead at a rapid rate at both.

    The Rev. Eddie Hill of Sharon UMC said the large structure now going up would be a new sanctuary, bringing the church’s seating capacity to 400. It will also include a choir rehearsal room, nursery, staff offices, a reception area and a bride’s room/small meeting room.

  • Boil water advisory results from low chlorine levels, low usage in certain areas

    Routine water sample tests indicated higher-than-normal readings of coliform bacteria in Shallotte last week, resulting in a boil-water advisory for the entire town, public works director and interim town administrator Albert Hughes said Monday.

    The advisory was issued Friday; by Monday morning it had been lifted.

    Hughes said the high readings were the results of low chlorine levels combined with a lack of usage in the three areas.

  • Parade of Homes continues this weekend

    The first weekend of Brunswick County Parade of Homes was successful for builders, parade chairwoman Kathy Six said. Organizers expect this weekend to be even better.

    “The builders were very pleased with the traffic they received,” Six said. “One builder had already made appointments for people for custom homes.”

  • Carolina Shores releases copy of assistant's contract

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town staff has released a copy of assistant town manager Amanda Chestnut’s new two-year contract.

    The contract, released last week, stipulates an effective date of Oct. 8, the day town commissioners voted 4-1 to approve it. The contract continues through Oct. 31, 2011.

    The contract outlines annual pay and benefits for Chestnut including her $40,000 salary, retirement, health and life insurance, 12 vacation days, 12 sick days and standard paid holidays. She also may accrue additional vacation and sick leave at the rate of other town employees.

  • Shallotte man arrested for assaulting elderly couple during break-in

    A 21-year-old Shallotte man was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, charged with assaulting an elderly couple while attempting to burglarize them.

    Joshua Garnet Carlisle of 3042 Bird Drive, Shallotte, was charged with felony assault on a handicapped person, assault on a female, breaking and entering and attempted larceny.

    At press time Tuesday, Carlisle was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500,000 secured bond.

  • Bolivia man sentenced to prison for federal mortgage fraud scheme

    RALEIGH—A Bolivia man is one of two suspects sentenced to federal prison earlier this month for his involvement in a six-year mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Oct. 6, Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 38, of Bolivia, was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Bolivia men indicted as habitual felons

    Two Bolivia men have been indicted as habitual felons after being charged with drug violations.

    Nicholas La’Voir Smith, 32, and Nathan Rudolph Smith, 29, both of 802 Randolphville Road, Bolivia, were indicted on the charge of habitual felon Sept. 14, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Liaisons meet; commissioner reports back to board

    BOLIVIA—Flanked by a small group of senior staff members, liaisons for county commissioners and board of education members met last week at the school district’s central office in Bolivia.

    They discussed traffic concerns at Town Creek Elementary School, sales tax proceeds, fund balance, stimulus money, test scores, accomplishments, facility needs and the need for a new high school.