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  • Realtor's murder suspect to be released on house arrest

    Craig Bryant, the man charged with the April 26, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has posted his $310,000 bond. He will be released from jail on house arrest.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jane Evans, Bryant posted his bond, but, at press time Tuesday, he was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center while paperwork for his house arrest was processed.

  • Work continues on Smith Avenue; contractors report jobs

    SHALLOTTE—As utility line relocation and drainage work continues on the Smith Avenue extension project, so does necessary reporting of the jobs created by the project.

    As a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the project’s contractor, S.T. Wooten Corp., is required to report jobs created, hours worked and money spent on the project to the Federal Highway Administration.

  • Commissioners OK appraisal contract for revaluation, agreement with debt setoff clearinghouse

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Ferriss Appraisal for the upcoming countywide property tax revaluations.

    “This contract is a continuation of a relationship that’s existed for over 20 years between Brunswick County and Bill Ferriss and Ferris Appraisal,” Brunswick County Tax Supervisor Tom Davis said.

    Davis said the tax department was two-and-a-half years into the process for the 2011 revaluation, which the county tax department does every four years.

  • 'Excellent turnout' in Seafood capital's namesake festival

    CALABASH—When the Calabash Merchants’ Association formed last year, their No. 1 goal was to bring a festival to Calabash.

    On Saturday, with about 7,000 people in attendance at the inaugural Calabash Seafood Festival in downtown Calabash, they accomplished their goal.

    “One of the very first things we wanted to accomplish was to bring a festival to Calabash,” Michael Abushakra, Calabash Merchants’ Association chairman, said.

    “We had an excellent turnout,” he added.

  • Bolivia man killed in single-car wreck

    A 24-year-old Bolivia man was killed Saturday night when his car struck a tree on Swain Road.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. M.L. Collier, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, William Crisco was driving his Ford passenger vehicle west on Swain Road at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

  • Oyster shell recycling program into its third year

    As a Brunswick County native from a commercial fishing family, Sabrina Varnam said it’s important she does her part to protect and enhance coastal resources.

    As the oyster shell recycling program coordinator with the Division of Marine Fisheries, she wants to ensure everyone does his or her part to protect and enhance coastal recourses—oysters being one of them.

    Oyster shell recycling, which Marine Fisheries has been facilitating since the summer of 2006, is a means to “not only protect, but to manage the resources,” she explained.

  • 'Miracle on the Hudson' contributor sets book signing at L Bookworm

    Some 118 of the 155 survivors of Flight 1549 that crashed into the Hudson River in January were interviewed for new a book chronicling the frightening experience titled “Miracle on the Hudson.”

    One of these “miracle” survivors is Steve O’Brien of Charlotte, who has owned a home on Holden Beach for the past 10 years.

    O’Brien will sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at L Bookworm on Holden Beach Road in Supply.

  • Master site plan for Calabash Town Center gets board approval

    CALABASH—Following a workshop and special meeting Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a master site plan for Calabash Town Center.

    Approval came following a two-and-a-half-hour-long workshop and hour-long special meeting, during which the board, developer Jim Myers and opposing neighbor Anthony Feilback of The Thistle debated details of the proposed commercial and multi-family venture.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Tickets on sale for Taste of Home Cooking School

    Where can you learn a new chocolate recipe, master your mom’s manicotti and experience cooking in an entirely new way? At the Taste of Home Cooking School sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    The Taste of Home Cooking School is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The event will open to the public 10:30 a.m. Doors open for VIP ticket holders at 9:30 a.m.

    Vendor booths will be available displaying products and company information from local businesses. Vendor booths will close at 12:30 p.m.

  • Untreated wastewater spilled in Leland

    The Town of Leland had a discharge of untreated wastewater of approximately 112,000 gallons on Nov. 14 from its collection system at 8900 Timberlane.

    The discharge was first discovered on Nov. 14 at around 9 a.m. and continued on and off until repairs were finalized around 9:30 p.m.

    The untreated wastewater entered Sturgeon Creek thru storm drains. The section of force main that had ruptured was dug up and replaced.