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  • More legal action filed in response to parasailing incident

    Those involved in an Aug. 28 parasailing incident that killed two women visiting Ocean Isle Beach continue to file motions and lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

    On Nov. 30, Ocean Isle Beach Water Sports Inc. and N.C. Watersports Inc. filed a third party complaint against Custom Chutes Inc. and Yale Cordage Inc., stating if the water sport companies are found liable in the death of Cynthia Diane Collins Woodcock, those companies are also liable because the parasail towline failed to hold the passengers during a wind gust.

  • Planning board recommends OK of First Bank preliminary plat

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of a preliminary plat for a 103-acre tract at the corner of Whiteville Road and the private drive for Lowe’s Home Improvement/Planet Fun.

    The property is zoned highway business and is intended for use as a new location for First Bank, according to information provided to the board.

    Property owners John and Betty Ward made the request, represented by Chris Stanley of East Coast Engineering and Surveying at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

  • Commissioners gearing up for 2010 Census

    BOLIVIA—With the 2010 U.S. Census just around the corner, Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to establish a Complete Count Committee to ensure Brunswick County’s census data is accurate.

    County manager Marty Lawing said county officials have been meeting with regional Census officials “to try to improve the response.”

    During the last census in 2000, Brunswick County had a response rate of 47 percent, which was less than the national average of 67 percent and less than the statewide average of 64 percent.

  • Shallotte man arrested for drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking

    A Shallotte man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug charges, including trafficking opium or heroin.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested 49-year-old Eddie Thomas Shoe, of 1329 Bricklanding Road, on Dec. 1 after serving a search warrant at Shoe’s home.

    Drug agents seized more than $1,800, five firearms, a Ford F-150 truck and 55 prescription pills, including Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Suboxone, Lanier said.

  • Tough times: Dealing grief, loss during the holidays

    The reason most people love the holiday season can be the cause of grief and depression for those who have lost loved ones or are struggling with depression during the season.

    Jean Roney, bereavement counselor with Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, said help is available for those struggling with grief and depression during the holidays.

  • Term limits discussed, not adopted by county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners opted not to limit terms of people serving on commissioner-appointed boards and committees.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners voted against the measure to impose term limits on certain county boards 4 votes to 1 vote, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    County attorney Huey Marshall said the committees and boards up for discussion were those without state-mandated terms or term limits.

  • Healthcare amendment process under way in Senate

    Senators have offered several motions and amendments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Senate healthcare debates are “In the amendment process right now,” David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said.

    Ward said senators have “taken up amendments from both sides of the aisle.”

    Calling it a “notoriously slow process,” Ward couldn’t offer a timeline on the amendment process.

  • Local law enforcement lauds start of local MADD chapter

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram knows firsthand the impact drunk driving has on families.

    Ingram, whose brother was killed by a drunk driver, said programs like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are beneficial to communities as they raise awareness of how drunk driving affects peoples’ lives.

    Stacey Manning, managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, is organizing an effort to start a Brunswick County chapter of MADD. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s community room on U.S. 17.

  • Commissioners OK interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved an interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms on Monday.

    The agreement allows for deferred construction of a pump station at Ocean Isle Palms; instead allowing developer Mark Saunders to obtain construction permits before completion of the pump station.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Train show drawing festive weekend crowds

    Model trains of all sizes are pulling into the station—the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Station, that is—as the department’s fourth annual Christmas Train Show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

    Now, trains overtake the entire station as hundreds turn out to view them.