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  • Holden Beach board talks island rats

    HOLDEN BEACH—The rats on the island are cotton rats that don’t attack humans and do feed during the daytime, not at night.

    However, according to comments from audience members at the Holden Beach Commissioners meeting Tuesday night, there has been a proliferation of rat sightings and of the rats themselves.

    “On Labor Day weekend, we had a field day with mice and rats,” said Holden Beach resident and Realtor Anne Arnold. “The kids in the community were counting the rats running across the street.”

  • Former sheriff accused of raising a fist

    Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Shallotte police responded to Jones Ford on U.S. 17 to investigate an incident involving former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Robert Kenneth Miller, 20, of Sunset Beach, told police Hewett, 49, threatened him and showed a closed fist to him.

    Miller stated he went to Jones Ford, where Hewett is a salesman, to test drive a vehicle. Miller drove the vehicle to American General.

  • Raise approved for Carolina Shores town administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Mike Hargett is working for a higher salary after a raise was approved last week.

    At its Sept. 8 meeting, the town board of commissioners approved on a consent agenda a 3 percent boost in pay for Hargett upon his six-month review. Hargett officially started working for the town Feb. 14 at an annual starting salary of $69,500.

  • It's country fair time Friday and Saturday at Seaside UMC

    SUNSET BEACH—It launches every year with a concert, followed by an array of food and fantastic finds just a week later.

    It’s that time of year again.

    Seaside United Methodist Church is having its annual country fair this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the church on Seaside Road (N.C. 904).

  • Resident questions legalities of Carolina Shores entry road

    CAROLINA SHORES—A citizen has questioned who is monitoring a residential entry road in front of the clubhouse at Carolina Shores Golf Course.

    Patricia Fontana, speaking at a Sept. 6 town commissioners workshop, said she almost hit two elderly people in a golf cart recently as she was exiting Carolina Shores Drive onto Country Club Drive in front of the clubhouse.

    “There needs to be a sign indicating which is which way, because the rules of the road no longer exist,” she said.

  • Do you bamboo? Calabash shop showcases bamboo items

    CALABASH—As far as Dean Moore is concerned, his Bamboo Boutique is fabulously unique.

    The proprietor of the newly opened business in the Low Country Stores complex lets passersby know it, too.

    “Have you seen the bamboo clothing?” he asks potential customers walking by on the wooden porch connecting the stores.

    “The bamboo WHAT?” they often reply.

  • Calabash commissioners address penalties for Devaun Park clear-cutting

    CALABASH—Following much debate, including statements from both alienated developers, town commissioners have approved enforcing a town ordinance, coupled with legal adjudication, addressing clear-cutting violations in Devaun Park.

    The town board of commissioners, with one absence, unanimously approved the motion at Tuesday night’s monthly board meeting. Town commissioner Forrest King was absent.

  • Judge attacks chief deputy’s claims in traffic court saga

    Though administrative traffic court has resumed in Brunswick County, the battle over the program continues in the state Supreme Court in Raleigh.

    Justices with the state’s highest court have agreed to hear the matter Oct. 18.

    The matter to be heard is whether Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly acted within the scope of the law when he issued an administrative order on April 15, which halted the administrative traffic court program implemented by then-recently elected District Attorney Jon David.

  • Correction: Free dump week at Brunswick County landfill

    Incorrect information about free dump week at the county landfill ran in last week’s Beacon.

    The information should have stated Brunswick County residents may bring items, except for household trash, land-clearing debris and new construction debris, to the landfill in Bolivia free of charge. 

    Commercial vehicles will be charged normal tipping fees. Please be prepared to show proof of residency. For more information contact Kimberley Thompson at (910) 253-2524.

    Free dump week is Sept. 12-17.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •David Ray Johnson, 53, of 2041 Waterloo St. SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with nine counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500,000 secured bond.