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  • West Brunswick celebrates 331 honor roll students

    More than 300 students made the A and A/B Honor Roll for the first nine weeks at West Brunswick High School.

    To celebrate the students’ accomplishments, the school had a breakfast Friday morning, where students were individually recognized and given certificates of achievement.

    “At this level, it’s so important to encourage good grades,” Beth Zettlemoyer, attendance clerk, said. “We want to give them accolades. We want to tell them ‘Thank you.’”

  • Arson suspected in Sunset Harbor blaze

    SUNSET HARBOR—Arson is suspected in the late-night blaze that destroyed a Sunset Harbor home Saturday night.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Steve Mason said arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a waterfront home on Ironwood Drive in Sunset Harbor. No one was inside the home when it the fire was reported around 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, Mason said. No other homes were threatened during the blaze, Mason said.

    The homeowner lives in Rockingham, and nobody was living in the home at the time it caught fire.

  • Benefit planned for boy with brain tumor, cancer

    A yard and bake sale benefit will take place Saturday for a former Union Elementary School student who is battling cancer.

    The benefit day is planned for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Coastal Tire in Shallotte. The event will help 13-year-old Nick Patrick, who moved to Georgia from Brunswick County several years ago.

  • Telephone sweepstakes approved for Calabash's central business district

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved an amendment allowing telephone promotional sweepstakes in the central business district but took no action on requiring additional parking for the machines.

    The measure approved at the board’s monthly meeting Nov. 10 adds “telephone promotional sweepstakes” as a permitted use for retail establishments in the central business district.

  • Record crowd braves tropical downpour to honor veterans in Calabash

    CALABASH—A record crowd ventured through a late seasonal tropical downpour from Hurricane Ida to attend a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

  • Seven years after abduction, Alice Donovan finally laid to rest

    This past Saturday, Alice Donovan was finally laid to rest at a cemetery in South Carolina.

    Seven years ago to the date—on Nov. 14, 2002—the Galivants Ferry, S.C., woman was kidnapped and killed by two Kentucky prison escapees who were on a desperate run.

    On that date, Chadrick Fulks and Brandon Basham abducted Donovan in her car from the parking lot of Walmart in Conway, S.C., and headed north.

    They drove Donovan to Brunswick County before returning to Horry County, S.C., later that evening.

  • First Sunset Beach Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

    A first Thanksgiving Day turkey trot is planned for the morning of Nov. 26 on the Sunset Beach island.

    Organizer Jean Hutchinson said a 5K course would be mapped out around the island for the event slated to start at 10 a.m. There will also be a smaller 1-mile trot.

    Hutchinson said the trots are designed to “to take all the guilt out” of traditional Thanksgiving feasting that’s sure to follow.

    Anyone interested in participating should meet at the corner of Sixth and Canal streets.

  • Parenting education program gives new insight on parenting

    Jennifer Carter wanted to join the Parenting Education Program offered by Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) to gain insight on how to parent.

    “It interested me because anything that’s going to give me advice on being a parent, I’m sure going to take it,” she said.

    The Parenting Education Program is a 12-week program free for all families to take together. Parents and children meet with trained facilitators separately and learn parenting, life and family skills.

  • Calabash's new administrator gets a swearing-in

    CALABASH—Town commissioners welcomed new town administrator Hiram “Marzy” Marziano as he was sworn in Monday during a ceremony at town hall.

    “This is a new day dawning for our town,” said Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who conducted the swearing and signing in of Marziano, 31, on his first day of work.

    Marziano was appointed to serve as town administrator, zoning administrator, personnel officer and budget officer for the town.

  • Documents to be used in superintendent search sent to board for approval

    Hired by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education earlier this month to assist with the search for a new superintendent, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is ready to get started.

    According to information sent to board members from the NCSBA obtained by the Beacon after making a public records request Nov. 16, a representative from the NCSBA will meet with the board Thursday, Nov. 19, to gain approval of several documents that will be used in the upcoming search.