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  • Meet more candidates tonight, Friday, next week

    Municipal Meet the Candidates election forums continue with one in Sunset Beach tonight (Thursday), another in Calabash on Friday night and one more in Shallotte next Wednesday.

    The Brunswick Beacon has teamed with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to host the candidate forums prior to the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections.

  • Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan scheduled to speak locally

    BOLIVIA—Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will make a stop in Brunswick County later this month as part of The Peace Mom and the Patriot, a five-stop North Carolina tour to discuss the peace movement and war issues.

    Sheehan and retired Lt. Col. Bob Bowman are scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sponsored by The N.C. Peace Action and the N.C. Triangle Veterans for Peace, Sheehan and Bowman will speak together for the first time.

  • Civietown, Navassa fire departments get grants

    Civietown Volunteer Fire Department Inc. and the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department have been awarded grants through the 2009 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

    Civietown has been awarded a $29,095.00 grant. Navassa has been awarded a grant for $2,905.

    The checks will be mailed to the departments’ chiefs. Funds may be used to purchase needed equipment.

    The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

  • Midway area property owners considering legal action

    Property owners along Midway Road are considering legal action against the town of St. James now that the town council has approved involuntarily annexing the area.

    At its last meeting, the council voted 5-0 to annex the property as well as another tract near Tri-Tech Forensics. The annexation will take effect Oct. 7, 2010. The property owners have 60 days from the day of the decision to file suit against the town.

  • Calabash scrutinizing UDO recommendations

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has begun scrutinizing recommended changes for Calabash’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance.

    At a special meeting last Thursday, Oct. 8, the board met with members of a mayor-appointed UDO committee to go over recommendations.

    “They were just asking for clarification on why some changes were necessary,” town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    It’s likely more workshops will be required because the board and committee only got to Article 2 of the proposed UDO during the review session, she said.

  • Possible business award scam reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local business owners have been alerted to a possible scam regarding a “best of Sunset Beach” window and door award.

    Cathy Altman, president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, said she has gotten at least a dozen queries in the past two weeks from local companies that have received a letter about a “vanity type” award from the “US Commerce Association.”

    The e-mail from “Ashley Carter, selection committee chair” reads:

  • Calabash approves zoning for newly annexed area

    CALABASH—The town board approved zoning 92 properties formerly in Sunset Beach’s ETJ that were annexed into Calabash on July 1.

    Parcels individually voted on and approved by commissioners with respective zoning include 20 lots with R.J. Sommersett (MFH-II), 18 lots in Bonaparte Retreat I (MFH-II) 11 lots in Oak Ridge Plantation (PUD), 16 lots on Shady Forest Drive (MFH-II), and 11 lots in Landing II subdivision (R-8).

    The goal is to officially zone about 92 parcels but to keep zoning the same, town commissioner Forrest King said.

  • South Carolina woman arrested for trafficking opium, striking officer's vehicle

    A South Carolina woman was arrested last week for multiple drug charges and for driving her car into a car driven by undercover narcotics officers.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested Melissa Russelletta Skeeter, 36, of 100 Apt. 4 Christy Way, Little River, S.C., after a brief chase, during which she allegedly drove her car into a car driven by undercover drug agents. Skeeter was arrested as she attempted to cross the state line into Horry County, S.C., Lanier said.

  • Sudan Daredevils named best overall unit, mini-car winners

    They don’t do it for the glory; they do it for the kids.

    But recently, members of the Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club in Shallotte brought home the glory when they won two awards at the South Atlantic Shrine Association’s (SASA) meeting in Virginia Beach. Va.

    The unit won first place in the minicar division and best overall unit, beating numerous other units for the top award.

  • Contract OK'd for Carolina Shores assistant

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a two-year contract for assistant town manager Amanda Chestnut.

    But Mayor Stephen Selby declined to sign the contract until a form-of-government referendum is decided by voters Nov. 3.

    Town staff would not release a copy of Chestnut's contract Tuesday. Chestnut also declined to answer a reporter's questions or take a phone call.

    The vote for the controversial contract was 4-1, with commissioner Joseph Przywara casting the only “nay” vote.