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  • Two killed in parasailing incident; blunt trauma the cause of death

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A parasailing incident here Friday afternoon has left two visiting women dead. Medical examiners say blunt trauma caused both deaths.

    Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., were killed Friday afternoon when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat Tied High “parted,” according to the initial report from U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit. The two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier.

  • Coast Guard to conduct investigation into parasailing accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered a "district formal investigation" to determine the cause of the parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach Friday that resulted in the deaths of two vacationers.

    Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander, ordered the district formal investigation Monday afternoon

  • Big Lots to open in former Food Lion building

    The closeout retail chain Big Lots is expected to open a new store in Shallotte in October. It will be in what was for years the Food Lion store at the corner of Main Street and Smith Avenue.

    “We’re expecting a permit any second,” contractor Tom Kelly said this week.

    Once the building permit is in place, Kelly said it would take two and a half to three weeks to remodel the building.

    The 25,000-square-foot store will be ready to open by mid- to late October.

    “It will be a great location,” he said.

  • County commissioners call special meeting

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

    The meeting will be in the county commissioners’ chambers, 30 Government Center Drive SE, Bolivia.

    Commissioners will discuss the following items:

    •Approval of a bond order authorizing the issuance to a taxable enterprise systems revenue bond, known as a Build America Bond.

  • Health department, schools prepare for H1N1

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department and Brunswick County Schools are preparing for a possible H1N1 influenza outbreak in the schools.

    While people ages 65 and older are more susceptible to the seasonal flu than younger people, H1N1 is different, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director for the Brunswick County Health Department said. The median age of people who have contracted the H1N1 flu is 17 years old.

  • Shallotte sets public hearing on sweepstakes business regulations

    Shallotte aldermen have scheduled a public hearing on new regulations for Internet sweepstakes businesses for 7 p.m. Oct. 6, the board’s next regular meeting.

    The town planning board has recommended the board adopt an ordinance after learning from town staff they have received an increase in zoning applications to establish electronic gaming/sweepstakes businesses.

  • Commissioners to review resumes for Calabash administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners are slated to convene in closed session Thursday to review resumes received for Calabash’s vacant town administrator position.

    As of Monday, the deadline day for applications to be submitted, the town had received 122 resumes, according to interim town administrator Kelley Southward.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who called the special meeting slated for 2 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 3, at Calabash Town Hall, said commissioners have informally begun reviewing applicants’ resumes individually and marking the ones they like.

  • Two killed in parasailing incident

    A parasailing incident Friday afternoon left two visiting women dead. They have been identified as Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo.

    According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit, the two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. The initial report indicated the rope connecting the parasailors and the boat parted. Coast Guard investigators are conducting interviews with eyewitnesses and the master and crew of the vessel Tied High.

  • Superintendent's future in Brunswick County 'unknown'

    With less than a year left on her contract, Superintendent Katie McGee does not know her fate with Brunswick County school district.

    “My future is unknown at this time as far as Brunswick County Schools,” she told a Beacon reporter last Wednesday. “I’m starting my 10th year in the county, half of that being the superintendent. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’m very pleased with the progress that we’ve made and the student performance. And every one of our schools is better than it’s ever been.”

  • Dangerous rip currents, high surf likely from Tropical Storm Danny

    Brunswick County Emergency Services urges caution on the water this weekend as Tropical Storm Danny brings high surf and dangerous rip currents to the area.

    The storm has sustained winds of about 40 mph. Friday afternoon it was about 300 miles southeast of Southport and if it maintains its current course as expected, it will pass within about 200 miles east of Brunswick County Friday night.

    The county is expected to have rough surf and increased currents along all of Brunswick's coastline.