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  • More stimulus funds land in Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is the latest local agency to benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, county commissioners accepted a stimulus grant totaling $19,464 for the sheriff’s office recently acquired helicopter. Board members unanimously OK’d the grant acceptance, which totals three years and requires no matching funds, sheriff’s office Lt. Mark Trull said.

    The grant funding was designated for aircraft hangar fees and portable aircraft wheels.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines arrive locally, but not as many as first anticipated

    BOLIVIA—H1N1 vaccines continue to arrive in Brunswick County along with local health departments across the country, but health officials say they have not received as many as first anticipated.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director, said the county has received about 800 of the nearly 9,000 H1N1 vaccine doses the health department first expected to receive.

  • Water woes: Shingle Tree Acres residents file complaints over water, sewer petitions

    Residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Calabash say they have been asking for water and sewer from the county for years.

    But feeling their voices remain unheard, they recently took their complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development.

    Corrine McCray, a Shingle Tree Acres resident, along with her father-in-law, recently attended a county commissioners meeting to address the lack of basic infrastructure, including water, sewer and roads.

  • Former Brunswick County Sheriff released from prison

    First reported at 2:16 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

    Less than one year after first reporting to federal prison to serve his 16-month prison sentence, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett is a free man.

    Well, sort of.

    Hewett has been released from Butner Federal Correction Complex, where he has been serving his federal obstruction of justice sentence since first reporting for prison Nov. 18, 2008.

  • New events highlight weekend-long Festival By the Sea at Holden Beach

    Several new events will be included in this year’s Festival By the Sea set for this weekend, Oct. 24-25, in Holden Beach.

    Activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and will continue through 5 p.m. Events resume at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, and end around 4 p.m.

    Remember, this is the only time of the year you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge. In addition to a number of events, there will be more than 120 arts, crafts and food vendors on the island that weekend.

  • VIDEOS INCLUDED Across the Aisle: Local Democrats, Republicans weigh in on healthcare reform

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    While the war over healthcare reform wages on in Washington, D.C., some local Democrats and Republicans in Brunswick County agree healthcare reform is needed.

    The road to reform, however, is where they differ.

    The divide separating local political activists rests mainly on the contentious public option included in several healthcare reform bills before Congress and endorsed by President Barack Obama.

  • Shallotte boil water advisory lifted

    The boil water advisory that was in effect for the town of Shallotte's water customers has been lifted.

    The advisory, which was issued Friday, did not affect other areas in Brunswick County.

    The advisory issued by the town of Shallotte indicated total coliform bacteria had been found in water samples taken from the system that serves Shallotte and that additional testing was needed.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: West Brunswick spotlights student talent

    West Brunswick High School vocal department hosted “A Spotlight on Talent,” the school’s annual talent show, Thursday night. The first-place performances will go on to compete against winners from North Brunswick High School and South Brunswick High School in a countywide talent show.

    Zach LaDue and Jesse Mayo perform ed“Golden Line,” an original song written by LaDue’s brother. The duo won first place in the vocal and instrumental category.

  • Oyster Festival this weekend

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—There’s more than oysters at this year’s oyster festival.

    The 29th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival will be from Saturday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 18, in front of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Brunswick County locals began having annual oyster festivals in 1978, according to past articles published in The Brunswick Beacon.

  • Meet more candidates tonight, Friday, next week

    Municipal Meet the Candidates election forums continue with one in Sunset Beach tonight (Thursday), another in Calabash on Friday night and one more in Shallotte next Wednesday.

    The Brunswick Beacon has 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.