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  • Coastal Kids, Beacon sponsoring 'Stuff the Bus' campaign

    Coastal Kids and The Brunswick Beacon are sponsoring a 'Stuff The Bus' campaign to collect school supplies for elementary schools throughout Brunswick County.

    Supplies or donations can be dropped off from now until Friday, Aug. 21, at the Brunswick Beacon office, located at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte.

    Some of the most needed items in classrooms this year are: glue sticks, looseleaf paper, backpacks, markers, crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, pencils, erasers, folders, highlighters and colored pencils.

  • Patients First bus arrives in Shallotte; protesters urged to lobby against bill

    Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens was the site of a “Hands off My Healthcare” protest last week, when Americans for Prosperity and the John Locke Foundation stopped by in a “Patients First” bus. Hundreds of people concerned about healthcare reform gathered to listen and speak out.

    A Brunswick County grassroots group, “We the People,” formed four-and-a-half months ago to learn more about healthcare reform and to campaign against the bill now in Congress.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to have public hearing on electric gaming operations

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With the rapid increase of Internet Sweepstakes locations throughout the county, Ocean Isle Beach has drafted an ordinance with specific guidelines for electronic gaming operations.

    The ordinance, which will be presented to the public at a public hearing later this month, permits electric gaming operations, provided they comply with set conditions in Sec. 66-53. C-3.

  • Ocean Isle denies skydiving request

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A request for the board of commissioners to change an ordinance that prohibits skydiving from the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport has been denied.

    “It’s a safety matter,” commissioner D.B. Grantham said.

    Bill Leppert, a commercial pilot and flight instructor at Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, approached the board of commissioners in March with a skydiving presentation, hoping to bring the air sport to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • House passes bill to allow terminal groin study

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Although the bill to make terminal groins legal in North Carolina is stalled in an N.C. House committee, a new bill passed Monday that will allow further research on the structure.

    House Bill 709 is intended to “address erosion control issues,” and gives permission to the Coastal Resources Commission to conduct a feasibility and advisability study of a terminal groin as an “erosion control device.”

  • Eighty-three sea turtle babies stolen from Ocean Isle nest

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol believes 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early last week.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Turtle Patrol, said a nest at West First Street was disturbed just after 7 a.m. last Thursday. The nest had been closely monitored for days, as the turtles had hatched underneath the nest’s surface.

  • Vacant Holden Beach commissioner seat won't likely be filled

    Holden Beach mayor pro tem Sandy Miller and commissioner Don Glander said they don’t think town officials will replace commissioner Gary Staley because elections are in November, less than three months away.

    Miller and Glander said that in an interview before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting at town hall. Staley resigned in July, saying he no longer lives on Holden Beach. Island residence is a requirement for the position.

    It appears the town will finish this term with four commissioners instead of five.

    House Bill 1305

  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    House Bill 1305, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, passed in the state Senate and House last week.

    The bill now awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

    Introduced in the House on April 9 by Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, the bill passed in the Senate 42 votes to 5 votes Aug. 5, and 92 votes to 19 when it went back to the House Aug. 6.

  • Shallotte to take its time to select new administrator

    Shallotte aldermen want to take their time choosing a new town administrator—not only because new aldermen will take office in December, but also because they want to do it right.

    Last week, the board voted to advertise in two N.C. League of Municipalities’ publications for a town administrator, soon after Paul Sabiston, who had been with the town since 2004, announced he had been hired as the new town manager at Roanoke Rapids.

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 people indicted last week for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    Investigators with the Queens County District Attorney’s office executed search warrants Aug. 5 and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive in Brunswick Plantation near Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    Jennings is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as one of eight “agents” in the operation.