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  • CIS to host Eighth Annual Benefit Gala for Children

    The 8th Annual Benefit Gala for Children will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    The largest fundraiser of the year, the benefit gala benefits CIS’ main programs—Adopt A School/Volunteer Program, After School Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Family Resource Centers, Family Literacy Center, Parenting Education Program and Teen and Peer Courts.

  • McGee 'not through' being a superintendent, no plans to retire

    Although Katie McGee won’t continue leading Brunswick County Schools after June 30, 2010, she isn’t ready to hang up her career as a superintendent.

    “I’m not through being a school superintendent,” she said. “The next chapter in my life, I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do what I did here 10 years ago. That is to go into a school district and continue to lead one.”

  • Two bids for ABC Store and property tabled

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners received two bids from parties interested in purchasing the ABC store and property, but due to budget constraints, the sale has been put on hold.

    “I think we’re just going to have to put this off until we can come up with some better solutions,” commissioner Dean Walters said Tuesday during the board’s monthly meeting.

  • Construction continues on Smith Avenue extension

    Construction of the Smith Avenue extension is under way and should be completed Nov. 1 of next year, according to Charlie Manning of S.T. Wooten Corp. contractors, which is building the road.

    The contractors put in a 72-inch pipe to allow the road to cross a creek behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center and also installed silt fencing to keep sand from going into the ditch.

  • Planning board recommends new Dumpster screening regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of a new Dumpster screening ordinance that would give the town more flexibility in what it allows. It will also give existing business owners a break if their current screening meets the intent of the ordinance.

    Last year, the town board of aldermen approved an ordinance requiring all business owners to “gate and screen all four sides of an onsite Dumpster to ensure that the Dumpster container is not visible.”

  • Too much sand: Beach accesses don’t meet Holden Beach town code

    Holden Beach commissioners took no action but continued discussing their rare problem—so much sand has been added to, migrated to and built up on the beach that most private walkways at oceanfront homes and even public-access walkways currently don’t meet the town code.

    The reason that’s a problem is because paths through the frontal dune—the one closest to the water—is “a low spot waiting for a breach when we have high water,” said Tony Marwitz from planning and zoning.

  • Parasail company files claim to limit liability in recent deaths

    The owners and operators of the parasailing boat involved in a fatal accident on Ocean Isle Beach in August have filed a claim in federal court asking to limit their liability in the deaths of two parasailing participants.

    On Aug. 28, Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., who were staying at an Ocean Isle condo, were killed when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat separated, causing the women to hit the water.

  • Crowd anticipated for Carolina Shores meetings

    CAROLINA SHORES—A crowd is expected to turn out for two meetings this afternoon in Carolina Shores.

    Questions and answers about changing the town’s form of government will be addressed at a special commissioners meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 8.

    Chris May, executive director of the Cape Fear Council of Governments, will offer information about the board of commissioners’ plan to change the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager.

  • Board will not renew superintendent's contract

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to not renew Superintendent Katie McGee’s contract Tuesday night. McGee’s contract ends June 30, 2010.

    “There has been lots of discussion about it,” board chairwoman Shirley Babson said. “The board just decided that we were not going to extend the contract.”

    Babson said the board would begin the search for a new superintendent this month, based on advice from the North Carolina School Boards Association.

  • Candidate forums planned for Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach, Calabash and Shallotte

    The Brunswick Beacon is teaming up with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to host several candidate forums in advance of the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections.

    “The forums provide a great opportunity for the communities to meet the candidates and to learn more about them,” chamber president Cathy Altman said. “It also provides an opportunity for the candidates to learn more about what’s on voters’ minds and to keep them in tune with their community.”