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  • ‘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.

  • Fundraiser, cookoff to aid Holden Beach musician

    HOLDEN BEACH—This Saturday, the community is coming together to aid one of its most talented musicians.

    Saxophonist James “JB” Brown, who regularly plays at Holden Beach festivals and Castaways Raw Bar & Grill, has prostate cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes, his manager, Matthew Howell, wrote to the Beacon last week.

    Saturday’s festivities will include a chili cookoff, a raffle and entertainment that will include a performance by Brown, who lives in Durham.

    Brown, Howell, said, was stricken about five years ago.

  • Woman upset after dog dies aiding puppy in attack

    SUPPLY—Janice Gras can’t help but cry as she tells about Tippsey, her beloved Chihuahua who died Nov. 14, two days after the little dog was attacked by a strange dog that ventured into her yard.

    The incident happened during the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 12, when Tippsey was outside playing with a puppy belonging to next-door neighbor Wanda Biggers.

    Out of nowhere, Gras and Biggers said, a pitbull dog wandered onto the property and proceeded to attack the puppy, a Dachshund mix named Einstein.

  • Former assistant files lawsuit against Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A lawsuit filed against the town by former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut is still pending, Mayor Stephen Selby said last week.

    According to documents filed at the Brunswick County Courthouse, Chestnut claims the town breached a contract she signed with the town in Oct. 8, 2009, after she was hired in July 2008. The contract was effective from the date it was signed through Oct. 31, 2011, according to the lawsuit, and ensured Chestnut an annual salary of $41,400.

  • Ash mom still fighting for custody of sons in Canada

    Ash mom Amy Smith flew to Canada earlier this month in hopes of getting her sons, only to return home disappointed once again.

    Smith has been trying to regain custody of her sons, 8-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan, from her husband Shawn for nearly two years.

    She thought she had finally gotten her day in court Nov. 8, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCEMC) paid for her to travel to Canada for a hearing under the Hague Convention Treaty, an international child abduction law.