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  • Aldermen reluctantly approved budget adjustment

    Why is the town of Shallotte paying unemployment for three employees who left of their own free will and one who was terminated? And to the tune of $28,089.32.

    During the February Board of Aldermen meeting, Mimi Gaither, finance director, brought the issue to the board’s attention, requesting approval of a budget adjustment. A letter dated Dec. 10, 2010, from Phillip W. Smith, Chief Tax Unemployment Insurance Division, arrived at town hall, taking everyone by surprise.

  • U.S. 17 business expansion promises to improve appearance

    Black’s Tire Service on U.S. 17 in Shallotte is two steps closer to beginning work on an expansion project designed to enhance the business’s appearance.

    The first issue concerning the Black’s Tire Service expansion project brought before the Shallotte Board of Alderman at its February meeting was a petition for annexation of .95 acres.

  • Not giving up on the port—proponents rally to support megaport in Southport

    Since the December announcement of the state’s intent to refocus on the Wilmington Harbor Project and not pursue a megaport in Southport at this time, two new groups have formed supporting the idea of a port—Yes Port and Yes for the Port. The groups share similar missions of exploring the possibilities of the port being constructed in Southport.

    Both groups didn’t anticipate the overwhelming support they received and are encouraged.

    Yes Port

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Billy Joe Lawson, 36, of 6921 Pearl St., Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested for felony possession of cocaine and driving while license revoked. The suspect was pulled over for equipment violation and consented to a search of his vehicle. Officers found a white rock substance in the driver’s side floorboard. Lawson was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

  • SBI launches probe into Gore, former assistant district attorney

    Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have launched an investigation into former District Attorney Rex Gore.

    Noelle Talley, public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Justice, confirmed the SBI is investigating Gore, who served as district attorney for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties for nearly 20 years before being defeated in the May 2010 primary election.

  • Commissioners approve launching censure proceedings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday voted four to one to begin censure proceedings on commissioner Charles Warren for a code of ethics violation.

    The alleged ethics infraction centers on Warren’s refusal to step down as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, a violation of the county’s code of ethics, according to county attorney Huey Marshall.

  • Former Wilmington assistant named Carolina Shores administrator

    Mike Hargett, a former assistant city administrator in Wilmington, has been named Carolina Shores’ new town administrator, according to a press release issued Monday.

    Hargett replaces former administrator Linda Herncane, who retired Feb. 1. His duties begin Feb. 14.

  • Countywide talent show Saturday

    "A Talent Spotlight," the countywide talent show featuring acts from four area high schools, will take the stage this weekend.

    The noncompetitive talent showcase will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus. Winning acts from recent talent shows at West Brunswick, South Brunswick, North Brunswick and Early College high schools will perform.

    Admission is $5 at the door. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free.

  • POSTPONED TILL APRIL: Brunswick Stew & Que cancelled for this Saturday

    The third annual Brunswick Stew & Que slated for this Saturday has been postponed until April 16 due to concerns about the weather.

    The competitive Brunswick stew cook-off, sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled for this Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte. It has been cancelled, it was announced Thursday, because the weather forecast is calling for rain and inclement weather.

  • Beacon publisher demands chair return document to DSS department

    For more than a week, DSS chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren had been in possession of a public document, which belongs to the Department of Social Services.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Warren removed three audio recordings of DSS meetings from interim DSS director Neil Walter’s possession. Warren then returned two audio recordings—the November and December meeting recordings—but still had the January audio recording, claiming he is the custodian of the document, in this case the audio recording, because he is chairman.