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  • No appointment necessary; just walk in

    SHALLOTTE—No appointment necessary. Just walk in. It has been that way for more than 50 years.

    Generations of grandfathers, fathers and sons have come to Shallotte to have their first hair cut in the same shop and by the same barber who gave their father his first haircut.

    Evans Barber Shop is a bit of a local legend as is its owner Buddy Evans. It’s a local spot to catch up on all the latest happenings, to say hello to old friends, get and give advice and of course to get a haircut and a shave.

  • Southport nuclear plant under scrutiny: More inspections, oversight coming

    Brunswick Nuclear Plant is under scrutiny by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    “The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has determined that fuel oil tank rooms serving the Brunswick nuclear plant’s emergency diesel generators were not properly protected from possible flooding, a finding of ‘low to moderate safety significance’ that will result in increased NRC inspection and oversight of the facility,” states a press release by the NRC.

  • Carolina Shores board ready to interview candidates

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is coming closer to finding a new commissioner to fill a board vacancy.

    At their first, monthly pre-agenda meeting for 2012 on Tuesday, the board agreed to have a special meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 to narrow down the list of candidates and interview finalists.

    The seat, with two years remaining in its term, was left vacant after former town commissioner Walter Goodenough was elected mayor Nov. 8.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night, Jan. 9

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council will meet in regular session next Monday night, Jan. 9.

    The meeting was delayed a week because of the New Year’s holiday.

    A pre-agenda workshop is set for 6:45 p.m.

    The meeting will take place a 7 p.m. in town council chambers on Sunset Boulevard.

     

  • Longtime businessman poised to launch scallops-processing plant

    SHALLOTTE POINT—It’s just a matter of time.

    In a few more weeks, Lloyd Milliken plans to launch a new scallops-processing facility at his longtime business and oyster house on Village Point Road that he says should provide about 25 new, local jobs.

    Overall, Milliken said as he led an informal tour of the future facility last week, the new enterprise will mean about 100 jobs over the next six months, including work the enterprise will be providing in Florida.

  • Happy New Year: Calabash bonfire ushers in 2012

    CALABASH—Times Square has its ball that fell at midnight this past New Year’s weekend. Calabash, on the other hand, has its lighted anchor.

    That’s what Calabash Mayor Mary Knight had to say about the boat anchor, wrapped in festive lights as it waited, suspended on a post, to be dropped at midnight during the town’s first New Year’s Eve celebration and bonfire next to the Calabash River last Saturday night.

  • Noted Calabash missionary passes away

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital is mourning the loss of another special person.

    Elizabeth McMurray, a missionary who first came to Calabash in the 1930s, died Dec. 29 at the age of 102 at an assisted living facility in Fayetteville.

    McMurray and Jettie Odell came to Calabash to teach Bible school and administer to the spiritual needs of people in Calabash, Gause Landing and Tar Landing.

  • Donations for Longwood fire victims accepted at State Employees Credit Union

    Donations for Frances and Nathaniel Stevenson, a Longwood couple who lost everything in a devastating house fire, are being accepted at the State Employees Credit Union.

    Anyone interested in helping the Stevensons can make a donation in their name at the Shallotte State Employees Credit Union branch on U.S. 17 across from Jones Ford.

    The Stevensons have a place to stay temporarily, but they are in need of household items, a family member wrote to the Beacon.

  • Health director denied animal control officer addition

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied health director David Stanley’s request for an additional animal control officer.

    The request came to county commissioners after members of the county’s board of health, which oversees the animal services department, unanimously approved recommending Stanley hire another animal control officer “to prevent further service level reductions to the public.”

  • Commissioner files police report for ‘threatening’ viral video

    BOLIVIA—Embattled Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has filed a police report—again—this time claiming he found a viral video about himself “threatening.”

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, filed Dec. 28, Warren claims the video is “communicating threats.”

    Warren, 67, of 229 NE 40th St., Oak Island, said he was attacked “by e-mailing a YouTube video victim found threatening,” the report states.