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  • Mayor, commissioners re-elected without opposition in Ocean Isle Beach

    Running unopposed for re-election, Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith received 118 votes in this year’s municipal election and will serve another two-year term.

    She has served as mayor since 2003, and served as a commissioner from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    “It makes you feel good that people hopefully think I’m doing a good job, and I will continue to try and do that,” Smith said Tuesday night.

    Smith said her goal for the next two years is to keep the town fiscally responsible and keep the beach nourished.

  • Polls are open for 2009 municipal elections

    Voters in all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County get the chance to decide who will run their towns in municipal elections today.

    Polls are open until 7:30 p.m.

    In addition to deciding among three candidates for two town commissioners’ seats, Carolina Shores voters will have on their ballot a referendum asking whether the town “should return to a Mayor-Council Form of Government, as opposed to remaining in its current Council-Manager Form of Government?”

  • Sunset sewer groundbreaking Friday

    A groundbreaking for a wastewater collection system for the Sunset Beach mainland is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

    The event, orchestrated by Brunswick County in conjunction with the town of Sunset Beach, will take place in the common area at the intersection of Oyster Pointe Drive and Oyster Bay Drive.

     

  • Calabash Fire Department rejects $2.6 million federal loan for new station

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department won’t accept a $2.6 million federal loan approved last month for a new fire station.

    Last week, the department’s nine-member board agreed the department can’t afford the $2,607,750 USDA loan with accompanying $137,250 grant announced last month by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office. The funding was earmarked for construction of a new, much-needed central fire station for the department.

  • Sunset Beach bridge

    Construction continues on the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach as shown in pictures taken last month by local photographer John Clegg. The bridge is slated to open next year, displacing the old pontoon bridge currently in use.

     

  • Calabash hires new administrator

    CALABASH—The town has hired a new administrator scheduled to start work Nov. 16.

    Hiram Marziano, currently an assistant town manager in Troy, N.C., accepted Calabash town commissioners’ job offer by phone Wednesday following a closed meeting at town hall.

    Marziano is the first Calabash administrator required to pass a background check. His job performance will be reviewed at the end of 90 days, and he also will be required to pass a drug test. His annual salary will be $52,000.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Cindy Sheehan speaks about peace movement

    BOLIVIA—Cindy Sheehan said there is a common misconception about the peace movement.

    “There’s just this false perception that the peace movement somehow hates our troops. We love our troops,” she explained Monday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sheehan made a stop in Bolivia as part of The Peace Mom and the Patriot, a five-stop North Carolina tour. “That’s why we want them to come home walking, not in body bags.”

  • ATMC to re-air Shallotte forum

    ATMC TV has scheduled an additional airing of the Shallotte Meet the Candidates Forum for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 on ATMC TV Channel 3.

    ATMC failed to air the show during one of its scheduled times, 1 p.m. Wednesday, and will re-air it Saturday afternoon, a spokesperson said.

    The forum is regularly scheduled for additional airings Monday afternoon and evening.

  • Get a glimpse of Haunted Southport this weekend

    Take a walk through Southport, learn some history and see a few ghosts this weekend at Old South Tour and Carriage Company’s Haunted Ghost Walk.

    Katie Stewart, owner of Old South Tour and Carriage Company, will be conducting the walking tours through Southport. These tours vary slightly from her traditional ghost walk in that some of the history is different, and actors will re-enact scenes from the tour along the way.

  • Video: Shallotte candidates discuss traffic concerns, future development

    Encouraging future development in keeping with Shallotte’s small-town atmosphere, moving forward with the long-term vision plan and trying to mitigate traffic problems on Main Street were the main topics of conversation at last week’s Meet the Candidates Forum.

    Last Wednesday’s event, at the ATMC meeting room, was the last of four such forums sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, ATMC TV, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and Sunset Properties.