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  • Sunset Beach OKs resident's pursuit of 30-year sewer payback plan

    SUNSET BEACH—Carol Scott has a mission—to pursue a 30-year sewer payback plan on behalf of all town residents.

    With project bid time just a month or two away, Scott is down to the wire as she works with Brunswick County in seeking a longer payback period beyond the 10-year plan Sunset Beach Town Council has agreed to.

    Monday, town council voted to support Scott and appropriated $5,000 for the effort to cover mailing costs as residents are petitioned.

  • Commissioners OK $12 million amendment to balance budget

    Brunswick County Commissioners approved a nearly $12 million budget amendment to balance the county’s budget Monday night.

    At the commissioners’ Feb. 16 meeting, county finance director Ann Hardy told commissioners they were looking at an $8-8.5 million budget shortfall for the remainder of the fiscal year. The county’s two biggest revenue sources, ad valorem tax and local option sales tax, have both declined since last fiscal year, and were not expected to meet what was budgeted for the year, she said.

  • ATMC seeks community connections grant applications

    ATMC has begun accepting applications for its 2009 community grants, Community Connections. This program addresses the needs of Brunswick County residents in areas such as emergency and disaster relief, arts and culture, civic service and health and human services.

    In 2009, as a result of an increased need due to the slumping economy, ATMC is increasing the total amount of grant funds to be awarded to $25,000.

  • Restaurant business has its ups and downs; Contreras keeps moving forward

    SOUTHPORT—For Roberto Contreras, the restaurant business is a continuing challenge.

    Right now, he is in the midst of remodeling his Plaza Garibaldi Mexican restaurant in the Walmart shopping center in Southport. He’s also building a restaurant in his native Mexico that some of his family members will manage, and he has plans to open a unique Tex-Mex restaurant in Brunswick County in the near future.

  • Schools on two-hour delay Monday

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Monday, according to the Brunswick County Schools Web site.

    Parents should expect a weather update from ConnectED, the schools' automated phone call service, at about 7 a.m. Monday. Check the Brunswick County Schools' Web site for additional updates.

    The National Weather Service predicted a slight chance of snowfall across Brunswick County early Monday morning, but has issued a winter weather advisory across the state.

    Check back for further updates.

     

  • Students learn traditional Korean music

    On a typical Friday afternoon, students are anxious for the school bell to ring, ending the school day and starting the weekend. But at Supply Elementary School, a certain group of students wait for the bell to ring so they can head to the Asian Club and continue the learning process.

    Supply teacher Nancy Bryant formed the Asian Club last summer.

    “I just thought it would be a good thing to do with the students and expose them to different cultures,” she said.

  • Looking for a life saver

    Like most children, 8-year-old Jarrod Danka prays for his family and friends before going to sleep every night. But unlike most children, Jarrod’s prayers include one special request—a new kidney.

    Doctors knew Jarrod and his twin sister Devin had kidney trouble before they were born while performing a routine ultra sound.

    “There were shadows on the kids’ kidneys in utero,” Tracey Danka, Jarrod and Devin’s mother, said. “Upon their delivery, they were checked out and sent to Children’s Hospital (Pittsburgh).”

  • 'Raisin' still relevant in 50th year

    “A Raisin in the Sun” debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1959.

    Centered around a struggling black family on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry’s play is as pertinent now as it was half a century ago, says Daren Beatty, director of a local version of “Raisin,” to be presented in two benefit performances at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in Odell Williamson Auditorium’s Virginia Williamson Event Center.

    “To me, it’s a timeless piece,” the veteran actor said as the cast rehearsed last week.

  • Bridge lane closures set

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin alternating lane closures of N.C. 904 at the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 2, through Wednesday, March 4, each day to perform bridge inspection.

    In lieu of flagmen, portable traffic signals will be used to control the flow of traffic.

    The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, encourages motorists to use alternate

    routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits,

    and allow extra travel time.

  • Vote now for ‘The Best of Brunswick’

    What’s your favorite family restaurant? What business has the best customer service? Where’s the best place to get ice cream?

    The Brunswick Beacon wants to know the answer to these and about 90 more questions in its annual “Best of Brunswick” poll.

    Ballots are available in the paper this week, and readers can vote even faster online, Brunswick Beacon advertising director Angie Sutton said recently. More than 500 people have already voted.