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  • Happy New Year: Calabash bonfire ushers in 2012

    CALABASH—Times Square has its ball that fell at midnight this past New Year’s weekend. Calabash, on the other hand, has its lighted anchor.

    That’s what Calabash Mayor Mary Knight had to say about the boat anchor, wrapped in festive lights as it waited, suspended on a post, to be dropped at midnight during the town’s first New Year’s Eve celebration and bonfire next to the Calabash River last Saturday night.

  • Noted Calabash missionary passes away

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital is mourning the loss of another special person.

    Elizabeth McMurray, a missionary who first came to Calabash in the 1930s, died Dec. 29 at the age of 102 at an assisted living facility in Fayetteville.

    McMurray and Jettie Odell came to Calabash to teach Bible school and administer to the spiritual needs of people in Calabash, Gause Landing and Tar Landing.

  • Donations for Longwood fire victims accepted at State Employees Credit Union

    Donations for Frances and Nathaniel Stevenson, a Longwood couple who lost everything in a devastating house fire, are being accepted at the State Employees Credit Union.

    Anyone interested in helping the Stevensons can make a donation in their name at the Shallotte State Employees Credit Union branch on U.S. 17 across from Jones Ford.

    The Stevensons have a place to stay temporarily, but they are in need of household items, a family member wrote to the Beacon.

  • Health director denied animal control officer addition

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied health director David Stanley’s request for an additional animal control officer.

    The request came to county commissioners after members of the county’s board of health, which oversees the animal services department, unanimously approved recommending Stanley hire another animal control officer “to prevent further service level reductions to the public.”

  • Commissioner files police report for ‘threatening’ viral video

    BOLIVIA—Embattled Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has filed a police report—again—this time claiming he found a viral video about himself “threatening.”

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, filed Dec. 28, Warren claims the video is “communicating threats.”

    Warren, 67, of 229 NE 40th St., Oak Island, said he was attacked “by e-mailing a YouTube video victim found threatening,” the report states.

  • 'Secret Santa' fixes Sea Trail potholes

    SUNSET BEACH—Did a secret Santa visit Sea Trail this week?

    Newly elected Mayor Richard Cerrato says apparently so, since potholes at a Sea Trail construction entrance went from being in disrepair on Tuesday to filled in on Wednesday.

    The Beacon stopped by the site in question on Tuesday morning to shoot photos. At that time, the potholes at the entrance to Planter’s Ridge Drive from Old Georgetown Road were still in disrepair.

  • The walking miracle

    SHALLOTTE—Doctors said she wouldn’t be here to see a new year.

    But they were wrong.

    They said she wouldn’t walk again.

    They were wrong about that, too.

    Fran Salone-Pelletier has defied the odds and as a new year approaches she and her family have found countless reasons to celebrate.

  • ‘Once Upon a River’ is local author’s first book

    He is a lifelong Shallotte native, an active member of the Shallotte Planning Board, a member of the Save Sunnyside group, a historian and now a fiction author of “Once Upon a River.”

    And his name is Leon Elwood Cheers.

    Sitting in a window booth at McDonald’s on Main Street, Cheers reminisces about the way Shallotte used to be.

    “Our family house was where the Purple Onion is now,” he said.

    Cheers Plaza, which is home to the restaurant, was named after the Cheers family.

  • Neighbor to neighbor: Coat closet open at local church

    SHALLOTTE–The concept of neighbors helping neighbors isn’t foreign to the congregation at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church.

    Last December the church began a three-part Neighbor-to-Neighbor ministry. The ministry includes a coat closet, an orthopedic equipment lending closet and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina.

  • ‘Be Blessed:’ Salvation Army volunteer offers message of hope

    SHALLOTTE—She has become a part of the holiday tradition for shoppers at Belk in Shallotte and she is not just ringing a bell.

    Dolores Brown’s hugs are legendary and her joy is infectious.

    For 12 hours a day, six days a week for the seven weeks prior to Christmas, Dolores Brown stood outside the department store ringing a bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army. There wasn’t a person who went by who she didn’t extend pleasant greetings to, and she is well known for her hugs.