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  • Thankful for assistance: Residents line up for community distributions

    BOLIVIA—Cars lined either side of Old Ocean Highway well before the 9 a.m. start of a federal food commodities distribution last week.

    The Nov. 14 distribution at Brunswick County Democratic Headquarters drew a crowd of hundreds, who waited outside in 45-degree temperatures for their turn to receive food.

    When the distribution ended that afternoon, workers had distributed food for 993 households encompassing 2,183 people.

  • Requested rezoning approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has approved a resident’s request to rezone his property from commercial to residential.

    The vote came at the town board’s last monthly meeting Nov. 13.

    For the past few months, property owner Russell Price has been seeking to rezone seven acres he owns along Thomasboro Road from commercial to residential.

    Compass Pointe Engineering previously submitted the request on behalf of Price to rezone the property at 1401 Thomasboro Road from CB (central business) to R-15 residential.

  • Boat capsizes near Shallotte Inlet; USCG rescues two

    SHALLOTTE—Two men were rescued after their boat capsized in the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The Coast Guard station on Oak Island received a call just after noon on Sunday, Nov. 18 from the motor vessel Liberty.

    According to USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonard Posluszny, the Liberty reported a small white fishing vessel had turned over in the Intracoastal waterway across from Inlet View in Shallotte. The boat was a 12-foot flat-bottomed skiff.

    The boat was in the waterway between the Shallotte River and the Shallotte Inlet.

  • Deer hunting in Shallotte is in the crosshairs

    SHALLOTTE—Bow and arrow hunting is a target aldermen are shooting toward.

    “This is just a draft for us to start working on and talking about,” said town attorney Laura Thompson. “We took the approach that less was more, so we don’t have a lot of the regulations that some of the towns do.”

    She pointed out with the town’s current ordinance a bow and arrow weren’t defined under a firearm and that some could argue that it was legal to do it now.

  • Eighth fatal on Brunswick County roadways in six weeks

     

    Last week another fatal wreck claimed the life of a Winnabow man. It is the eighth fatal wreck in six weeks on Brunswick County roadways.

    Around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, James Clarence Corbett, 61, of Winnabow was killed at the intersection of N.C. 87 and Funston Road near Bolivia.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Troy Pope, Corbett was driving a 2003 Pontiac passenger car when it collided with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Virginia Lynn Caton, also of Winnabow.

  • Homicide group helps victim’s families move forward

    “Speaking for the dead is an awesome responsibility,” said Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David.

    It is also something David holds close to his heart.

    One of the first things David did as D.A. of the N.C. 13th Judicial District in January 2010 was establish a Homicide Family Support Group. He did so with the help of Sharon Alford, victim’s witness legal assistant.

  • Justice for Citizens memorial honors victims’ memories

    Remembering and celebrating the lives and memories of those who have died by homicide, domestic violence and drunken driving is the focus Friday night.

    The 17th annual Justice for Citizens candlelight service is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at First Baptist Church, 517 Village Road, in Leland.

    The event is open to anyone wanting to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have been victims.

  • Holden Beach talks pavilion and parks

    After a contentious discussion, Holden Beach commissioners Tuesday night asked town manager David Hewett to find out the where the CAMA and U.S. Corps of Engineer lines are drawn so they know exactly where a picnic shelter can be placed.

    The picnic-shelter placement was the main part of the proposed parks and recreation project behind town hall that prompted discussion at the regular monthly commissioners’ meeting.

  • Angie Sutton named Beacon general manager

    Angie Sutton has been named the general manager of The Brunswick Beacon.

    Sutton, who joined the Beacon as an advertising sales representative in May 2007, was promoted to Beacon advertising director in August 2008. Prior to joining the Beacon team, Sutton worked in retail management for six years and worked at The Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton for five years.

    In her new role as general manager, Sutton will continue to serve as advertising manager, but will also assume operational oversight of the newspaper.

  • St. James forms American Legion, hosts veterans service

    Former soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, along with their family and friends attended St. James Plantation Veterans Day memorial service Sunday afternoon.

    The numbers were no surprise for a development that houses so many veterans, it established its own American Legion Post.

    Post 543 was officially organized in September 2011. It had 17 members, the minimum required for a charter.

    Rick Sessa, Post adjutant, said the new American Legion was expected to grow at a rate that it would reach 50 members by 2013.