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  • Boom...boom...BOOM

    Residents all over the county reported hearing loud booms last week.

    While this isn’t a new occurrence for the area, it has some people wondering why there aren’t any answers and just exactly what is going on.

    Are jets breaking the sound barrier, is the continental shelf shifting, are they sonic booms, is the Great Spirit shaping the Earth or are the Seneca Indians reminding us of the guns used to take their land?

    No one seems to know.

  • Town decides to change recycling containers for 2011

    It’s going to be a Pepsi-blue Christmas for Shallotte after all.

    Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved moving forward on a contract with Waste Industries to provide a 96-gallon recycle cart to each residence.

    Instead of the current 18-gallon bin that must be carried to the curb, residents will have a 96-gallon rollout cart. Waste Industries hopes to begin the service starting on Jan. 1.

    “They are convenient and easy,” Waste Industries Brunswick branch general manager Greg Brinkley said at in the November aldermen meeting.

  • A Johnson family holiday

    Growing up, Thanksgiving Day always meant three things in my house: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a bird and the wishbone.

    The typical Thanksgiving began with my older brother and I racing past one another in a battle for the couch. The quickest and strongest landed in the lap of luxury; the slower and weaker enjoyed the view from the floor.

  • Christmas season kicks off this weekend in Ocean Isle Beach

    If you’re in Ocean Isle Beach Saturday, you’ll know Christmas is coming.

    Saturday is full of events ringing in the holiday season. Super Saturday, a day of events sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA), kicks off with the annual property owners’ meeting at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Refreshments will be served during a half-hour meet-and-greet. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature several speakers, including Mayor Debbie Smith, Police Chief John Goodwin and OIPOA President Jerry Rothenberg.

  • ‘Voice of a victim’ shares story of loss, forgiveness at 15th annual candlelight vigil

    LELAND—Before she was the managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, Stacey Manning was the only child of a single mother. 

    She was the proud daughter of “a 5-foot-5-inch woman of integrity and strength,” on whose head Manning could easily rest her elbow. 

    P.J. Summitt was “the type of mom who could keep me in check simply by raising her eyebrow,” Manning said. 

  • Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle provides seniors independent living

    For Corky Godfrey, where she came from “can’t hold a candle” to Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Beach.

    “Oh, it’s heaven,” she said. “It’s heaven.”

    Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle, an independent living community off N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach, has been open since Sept. 6. The 70,000-square-foot facility has 70 apartments—30 studios, 32 one-bedrooms and eight two-bedrooms. So far, there are 12 occupants whose ages average in the early 80s.

  • BCSO volunteers garner more than 2,400 volunteer hours in 10 months

    During the first 10 months of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office volunteer program, department volunteers amassed more than 2,400 volunteer hours.

    Volunteers at the department volunteered for 2,405 hours, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley.

    By utilizing volunteers rather than paid staff, volunteers saved Brunswick County taxpayers $35,790 in the 10-month time period, Stanley said.

  • JobBoost to begin in December in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County is one of 38 counties in the state with high unemployment rates selected for the JobBoost program to curb unemployment.

    At a Brunswick County Board of Social Services meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 16, it was announced Brunswick County would be eligible for the state program, which reimburses employers $6 per hour per eligible worker for five months.

    “This is going to be a good program for us,” interim DSS Director Neil Walters told board members.

    The $5.5 million project will begin Dec. 1, 2010, and run until April 30, 2011.

  • Sunset Beach island residents urge committee to rethink parking

    SUNSET BEACH—Island residents’ comments varied at a town parking committee meeting Monday, but the consensus seemed close to unanimous: they don’t want parking on their streets.

    “Unfortunately, we’re being asked to sacrifice ours so visitors can have a place to park,” said Dr. Joseph Stolfi, who lives on North Shore Drive.

    Imagine the outrage, he said, if mainland residents found visitors’ cars all up and down their streets, “with all the attendant noise and trash.”

  • Old bridge to be moved to mainland site

    SUNSET BEACH—Once it’s permanently out of commission, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will be moved to a site on the mainland.

    Members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society announced last week that, thanks to local business owners Ronnie and Clarice Holden, the old Intracoastal Waterway bridge will be relocated to a lot across from the Sunset Beach Fire Station.

    Announcement came at a celebratory party and press conference Thursday night, Nov. 18, at the Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard.