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  • Retiring after 25 years with Black's Tire

    SHALLOTTE—Fifteen years ago a man drove from Tabor City to Shallotte to help a company store for the day.

    Fifteen years later, Arnold Ward celebrated his last day of work at Shallotte Black’s Tire and Auto Service. Ward, the store manager for 14 years, retired after 25 years with the company. At the time he came to Shallotte, he was employed at the company’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., store.

  • Area religious leaders show support for Racial Justice Act

     

    SHALLOTTE—Area religious and community leaders gathered Thursday at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church to take a stance on the North Carolina Racial Justice Act and the law’s potential repeal.

  • Shallotte Budget Meetings Scheduled

     

    Shallotte officials are scheduled to discuss the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget through a series of workshops.

    All meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.

    The first meeting at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, will focus on the capital improvement program, general fund and general administration.

    During the second meeting at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, the board will discuss the fire department and the police department’s budgets.

  • Firefighters injured in lightning-caused house fire in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two firefighters were injured fighting a fire caused by lightning that destroyed a home in the Sandpiper Bay community during Saturday night’s thunderstorms.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the fire, at 7407 Balmore Drive, was “fully involved” on the roof, garage and a car parked in the driveway as firefighters arrived on the scene following the 10:12 p.m. 911 call.

    “We made sure the homeowners were out,” he said.

  • POA office workers' departure an issue in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A roomful of Carolina Shores POA residents turned out to hear and ask about ongoing issues Monday, including the recent departure of two POA office employees.

    Carolina Shores POA president Peter Gulliver asked a Beacon reporter to leave before the board meeting began.

    Prior to the meeting, former POA office manager Vicki Samuels and office assistant Suellen Bennett distributed information outlining concerns surrounding their recent job departures.

  • Calabash American Legion yard sale is Saturday

    Calabash American Legion Post 503 will hold its annual yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at Calabash Medical Center, 10081 Beach Drive, Calabash.

    There will be a rain date of April 23 at the same location.

    All monies raised will go to help members of the post, those serving in the armed forces, and those in the veterans’ home in Fayetteville.

    If there are any questions, call 575-5037.

  • Brunswick Stew & Que stirring up this Saturday

    Up-and-coming chef Justin Gillette will be among judges judging Brunswick stew as the third annual Brunswick Stew & Que unfolds 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at Planet Fun/Starz Grille in Shallotte.

    The event was postponed from February due to inclement weather.

  • Olympic gold medalist speaks at Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—If there's one thing to learn from Bruce Jenner, it’s how to think like a champion.

    “The whole presentation is based on believing in yourself. Too many people don’t,” he said Tuesday morning before speaking to a crowd at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

  • National Guard training under way in Oak Island

    OAK ISLAND—Members of the North Carolina National Guard are in Oak Island for two weeks conducting several training exercises.

    “Operation Coastal Surge” is a series of hurricane training exercises that brought several National Guard units to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport for training from April 2-16.

    On Thursday, April 7, National Guard members took part in a drill simulating a helicopter crash, in which several units participated.

    For more on this story, pick up next week’s issue of the Beacon.

  • Anointed Vessels Ministry shares God’s word through performance art

    ASH—When her mother was dying of breast cancer in 2000, the Rev. Diana Payne asked God to tell her more about Heaven.

    She was walking down Liberty Street in Ash when she heard the Lord guide her to use what’s already in her hands. She looked down at her empty hands, then her eyes shifted across the street to 8 acres of family-owned vacant land.

    “Instead of us going to another country to share the gospel in Jesus Christ, He’s allowed us to use our land,” Payne said.