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  • Reward offered for information about turtle snatcher

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) who took 83 sea turtle babies from their Ocean Isle Beach nest.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Turtle Patrol, said a nest at West First Street was disturbed just after 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. The nest had been closely monitored for days, as the turtles had hatched underneath the nest’s surface.

  • Calabash board delays decision to release closed-meeting minutes

    CALABASH—After debate, town commissioners voted Tuesday to seek advice from the town attorney about releasing closed-session minutes requested by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Two weeks ago, the Beacon submitted a public records request to the town for its closed-session meeting minutes from March 10 and April 14.

    The request had to do with the hiring process of former Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb, who bought a house in March before he was officially hired by the town on April 14.

  • Sunset Beach food donations down, organizer says

    SHALLOTTE—If vacationers’ charitable food donations are an indicator, the economy isn’t doing as well this summer as it was last year.

    Donations of unused food from departing vacationers are almost half what they were last year, according to Carol Scott of Sunset Beach, organizer of the charitable effort launched last summer.

  • Coastal Kids, Beacon sponsoring 'Stuff the Bus' campaign

    Coastal Kids and The Brunswick Beacon are sponsoring a 'Stuff The Bus' campaign to collect school supplies for elementary schools throughout Brunswick County.

    Supplies or donations can be dropped off from now until Friday, Aug. 21, at the Brunswick Beacon office, located at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte.

    Some of the most needed items in classrooms this year are: glue sticks, looseleaf paper, backpacks, markers, crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, pencils, erasers, folders, highlighters and colored pencils.

  • Patients First bus arrives in Shallotte; protesters urged to lobby against bill

    Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens was the site of a “Hands off My Healthcare” protest last week, when Americans for Prosperity and the John Locke Foundation stopped by in a “Patients First” bus. Hundreds of people concerned about healthcare reform gathered to listen and speak out.

    A Brunswick County grassroots group, “We the People,” formed four-and-a-half months ago to learn more about healthcare reform and to campaign against the bill now in Congress.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to have public hearing on electric gaming operations

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With the rapid increase of Internet Sweepstakes locations throughout the county, Ocean Isle Beach has drafted an ordinance with specific guidelines for electronic gaming operations.

    The ordinance, which will be presented to the public at a public hearing later this month, permits electric gaming operations, provided they comply with set conditions in Sec. 66-53. C-3.

  • Ocean Isle denies skydiving request

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A request for the board of commissioners to change an ordinance that prohibits skydiving from the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport has been denied.

    “It’s a safety matter,” commissioner D.B. Grantham said.

    Bill Leppert, a commercial pilot and flight instructor at Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, approached the board of commissioners in March with a skydiving presentation, hoping to bring the air sport to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • House passes bill to allow terminal groin study

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Although the bill to make terminal groins legal in North Carolina is stalled in an N.C. House committee, a new bill passed Monday that will allow further research on the structure.

    House Bill 709 is intended to “address erosion control issues,” and gives permission to the Coastal Resources Commission to conduct a feasibility and advisability study of a terminal groin as an “erosion control device.”

  • Eighty-three sea turtle babies stolen from Ocean Isle nest

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol believes 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early last week.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Turtle Patrol, said a nest at West First Street was disturbed just after 7 a.m. last Thursday. The nest had been closely monitored for days, as the turtles had hatched underneath the nest’s surface.

  • Vacant Holden Beach commissioner seat won't likely be filled

    Holden Beach mayor pro tem Sandy Miller and commissioner Don Glander said they don’t think town officials will replace commissioner Gary Staley because elections are in November, less than three months away.

    Miller and Glander said that in an interview before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting at town hall. Staley resigned in July, saying he no longer lives on Holden Beach. Island residence is a requirement for the position.

    It appears the town will finish this term with four commissioners instead of five.

    House Bill 1305