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  • 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.

  • New commissioner full of ideas for first term on county board

    Frank Williams has enjoyed being an elected official for a week better than he did being a candidate for 14 months.

    “I started campaigning in August of last year. I’m glad the election is over and excited to get to work,” Williams said.

    Williams is the new face on the county board. Scott Phillips won a second term as a county commissioner and Pat Sykes served on the county’s Department of Social Services board before running for a county commissioner seat.

  • School employees to receive $750 holiday bonus

    Brunswick County School System employees will receive something better than a turkey for Thanksgiving—the school board approved a $750 bonus at the Nov. 8 meeting.

    The school system will cut a bonus check to each full-time employee Nov. 20 instead of with their next regular paycheck to have the money in hand for post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

    Board member Charles Miller recommended sending out the bonus before Thanksgiving.

  • Captain pleads guilty in 2009 parasailing death

    RALIEGH—Thomas Povazan, 45, of West Mifflin, Penn., pled guilty in federal court on Wednesday, Nov. 14 to a violation of the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1115.

    Povazan was a licensed mariner, working as the captain of the Tied High in connection with a parasailing business. According to information presented in open court, two women died as a result of his negligence.