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  • Challenge yourself to be afraid in 2011

    It’s January 2011. I can’t believe another year has come and gone. How does that happen so fast?

    Last year at this time, I only dreamed of living in Brunswick County and now I couldn’t be more excited to be starting a new year here.

    I know it is often hard not to get a case of the post holiday blues. The family has all come and gone, the presents are open, the Christmas tree has been taken down and even the leftovers are eaten. A lot of people find themselves in a gloomy mood.

  • Shallotte/Nashville cake girl Burcham on Food Network Challenge airing Sunday

    Shallotte native Lorie Burcham of Crumb de la Crumb has reached a “sweet” level in her cake-building career—national television exposure and a chance to win $10,000 on this Sunday’s episode of the Food Network Challenge.

    According to an e-mail she sent to the Beacon on Tuesday, Burcham’s taped competition will finally be shown this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the Food Network.

  • Manual changes, P&Z appointment up for review in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Changes to the town personnel manual and whether to re-appoint a planning and zoning board member are on town commissioners’ agenda for the board’s first monthly meeting of the year at 3 p.m. Thursday.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a board pre-agenda workshop Monday morning, said the personnel manual changes are “suitable to the policy.”

  • Woman seeks help with damaged yard in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Marie Humphries stood in her yard adorned with what she says is a dead palm tree.

    She blames recent water issues at her home in The Farm at Brunswick, where she has lived for the past year. She believes either the developer, D.R. Horton, or Brunswick County should take responsibility.
    “No one is assuming responsibility for where the water was coming from,” says Humphries, who learned about the problem shortly after moving into her home she bought in December 2009 as its second owner.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets next Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Because of the New Year’s holiday, Sunset Beach Town Council is having its monthly meeting this coming Monday, Jan. 10, at town hall.

    The 7 p.m. session will be preceded by a pre-meeting council workshop at 6:45 p.m.

    On the agenda under “old business” are continued discussion of a golf cart ordinance, speed limits and an appointment to the Sunset Beach Fire Department Fireman’s Relief Fund Board.

  • Park grant on Sunset Beach Planning Board agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board is scheduled to revisit consideration of a motion of support for a park grant application at its upcoming meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the conference room at town hall.

    At the board’s last monthly workshop Dec. 16, members agreed to defer until their next meeting in January consideration of support for a grant application for the town’s first public park.

  • A day in the life of a Shallotte fireman

    Sound asleep or preparing to sit down to a hot meal, the call can come in, throwing four firefighters into an adrenaline rush donning 50 to 75 pounds of gear.

    From sleep to running full speed ahead in a matter of seconds, jumping on a fire engine, sirens wailing, speeding across town to run into a burning building, saving lives and property—it’s all in a day’s work.

    The average response time for the town of Shallotte Fire Department is four-and-a-half minutes from receiving a call to arrival on scene.

  • Brunswick County native utilizes King Henry’s lost lumber

    WILMINGTON–One business has turned lumber lost in the Cape Fear River more than 200 years ago into a viable resource.

    Seventeen years ago, Brunswick County native Mark Bryant took his first job in the flooring industry. Little did he know he would later carve a pathway in the industry as a small business owner utilizing a long forgotten resource found at the bottom of a river near where he grew up.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Rameisha Washington, 20, was charged with shoplifting from Belk. The suspect was stopped at the door of Belk’s with $172.97 worth of merchandise concealed in her purse. She was stopped by Belk’s loss-prevention members. Washington was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.

  • Smith Avenue extension extended again

    The Smith Avenue extension project has been extended again—this time with a projected completion date in spring 2011.

    The project, which began in September 2009, was slated for completion by early November 2010. In late October the completion projection date was bumped until Dec. 31, 2010, but those close to the project said they didn’t anticipate completion until early 2011.

    Now it’s 2011, and the question is when will drivers in Shallotte stop having to navigate the orange traffic barrels?