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  • Beacon to have open house to celebrate 50-year anniversary

    This November marks the 50th year The Brunswick Beacon has been serving Brunswick County.

    To honor this milestone, the Beacon staff is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Beacon office. The Beacon is at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte, across the street from the post office.

    There will be a brief ceremony starting at 4:15 p.m., but visitors can stop by anytime between 4-6 p.m.

    There will be music provided by local bluegrass entertainers, as well as refreshments and cake.

  • Work set for Carolina Shores Town Hall uplift

    CAROLINA SHORES—Work was slated to begin this week for upgrades at Carolina Shores Town Hall.

    In his monthly report Monday at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop, town administrator Mike Hargett noted the scope of work for interior and exterior improvements has been adjusted based on recent board input.

    Revised pricing from contractors, with a 10 percent contingency, has resulted in an increased cost of $8,000, with funding to transferred from the town’s general fund contingency to “town hall capital project.”

  • Calabash fire building dismantled to make way for new one

    CALABASH—Now you see it; soon you won’t.

    First thing Tuesday morning, a work crew from Whiteville began dismantling the aging Calabash Fire Department building on Persimmon Road. The department is making way for construction of a new station at the same site.

    The new station will also take up land where the old Granny Allyn’s Restaurant stood at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies, closures

    Several ceremonies are planned in the area for Veterans Day this Sunday, Nov. 11.

    Several local government offices are also closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the holiday. Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach, Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach town halls will all be closed Monday.

     

    Calab VFW

  • Brunswick students take part in mock elections

    Even though they’re underage, Brunswick County students have gotten a chance in the past week to take part in the election process, too.

    Monday, the entire student body at Union Elementary School, from kindergarten through fifth grade, cast votes in the presidential election.

    The school-wide mock election was set up in the school gymnasium, which was decorated with red-white-and-blue and campaign signs for Obama and Romney.

  • Sunset park development guesstimates hit $826,000

    SUNSET BEACH—The potential cost of developing and accessorizing the new Sunset Beach Park is estimated at a “worst-case” high of $826,000.

    Greg Lambert, landscape architect for environmental consulting engineering firm Withers & Ravenel, said Monday night that figure was reflective of a “worst-case scenario” of needs and costs and that it could be less than that.

  • McIntyre narrowly wins over challenger Rouzer

    Election results show incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre narrowly beating challenger David Rouzer for the U.S. House of Representatives District 7 seat by 407 votes.

    Statewide results show McIntyre, D-Lumberton, with 167,524 votes, or 50.08 percent, to Rouzer’s 167,017 or 49.92 percent of votes in the tight race.

  • Iler, Rabon, Hamilton win General Assembly races

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    Incumbent Frank Iler (R-Oak Island) won re-election to N.C. House of Representatives District 17 over challenger Lundia Washington.

    Unofficial tallies Tuesday night show Iler with 27,485 or 66.19 percent of votes to Democrat Washington’s 14,038 or 33.81 percent of votes.

     

    Rabon wins

  • Hankins ekes past Cox for District 13 judge

    At press deadline Tuesday, election results showed Pauline Hankins eking past W. Richard Cox for the District 13 seat being vacated by retiring District Court Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr.

    Unofficial results late Tuesday showed Hankins with a total of 39,271 votes in Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties, or 50.6 percent of the vote to Cox’s 38,304 votes among the three counties composing the district.

  • County approves $1.3 million for water line projects

    Brunswick County commissioners approved $1.3 million worth of water line projects at their Nov. 5 meeting.

    Brunswick County Engineer Brigit Flora reported bids were opened for the Old Shallotte Road water line on Oct. 25.

    The county received nine bids and staff recommended awarding the project to McArthur Construction, the lowest bidder.

    McArthur Construction bid $833,449.32 to install 18,800 linear feet of 12-inch water line along Old Shallotte Road to connect it to lines on McMilly Road and Green Bay Road.