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  • Weekend blaze damages Holden Beach house

    A weekend blaze damaged a home on Holden Beach.

    Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Todd said the department received a call that a home at 111 Starfish Drive was on fire at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. No one was injured.

    Todd said it took fire crews about seven minutes to arrive where they were joined by members of the Civietown and Supply fire departments.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until February

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to grant the county a special exception permit to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue next month.

    After about seven hours of testimony Monday, Jan. 9, Brunswick County Planning Board members opted to continue the hearing until their next meeting, which will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

  • Commissioner Charles Warren’s upcoming hearing: What to expect

    At their next meeting, Brunswick County commissioners will decide if there is just cause to remove county commissioner and Department of Social Services chairman Charles Warren from the DSS board.

    Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a hearing on the matter.

    It is not a criminal hearing; however, it will be conducted in a similar fashion to a court proceeding, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Traffic court matter to be heard in state Supreme Court Tuesday

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday will hear arguments in the matter of Brunswick County’s Administrative Traffic Court.

    According to the state’s Supreme Court calendar, oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Raleigh.

    Though the court program was reinstated this past September, the disagreement between District Attorney Jon David and longtime District Judge Jerry Jolly goes back to April 2011, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting David’s then-fledgling traffic court program.

  • Brunswick County property taxes due

    BOLIVIA—Have you paid your 2011 property taxes yet? If not, you have until Thursday, Jan. 5, to pay your taxes before interest begins to accrue.

    “The last three days of last week and the four days this week are our busiest times in the tax office,” Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said this week.

    “We are on target with our 2011-2012 collections, thanks to the citizens and businesses who have paid their taxes, especially during these difficult economic times,” Perry said.

  • Beacon looks back on 50 years

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

     

    The new year marks a time of reflection for The Brunswick Beacon. With lots of changes over the years, 2012 marks 50 years of continual news coverage for the newspaper in Brunswick County.

  • Beacon looks back on 50 years

    If it weren’t for Jo Ann Simmons, there might not have ever been a Brunswick Beacon.

    The first edition of this newspaper was published under the name of the Shallotte Press on Thursday, Nov. 1, 1962.

    But the name Shallotte Press didn’t stick for long. A contest was launched challenging subscribers to come up with a new name for the newspaper. A $50 cash prize awaited the winner.

  • 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.