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  • 2011 Best of Brunswick winners in this week’s Beacon

    Think you know the Best of Brunswick?

    Votes from the Best of Brunswick 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards have been tabulated, and winners have been named. They appear in a special section inserted in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fourth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has tripled in participation since its inception.

    “The main point is for Brunswick County residents to vote for who they think is the best,” Angie Sutton, Beacon advertising director, said.

  • County health board rejects privatizing shelter

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Health voted Monday to keep the county animal shelter under government domain rather than have an animal rescue group take over management.

    The 8-2 vote by the board came after Cheri McLain, founder and organizer of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), spoke of her group’s proposed plans to privatize the shelter.

    Ray Casteen, representing the Brunswick County Sporting Dog Association, spoke out against doing so.

  • New ADA hopes to bring fresh approach to prosecuting property, financial crimes

    BOLIVIA—Ali Yeager’s path to Brunswick County was anything but a straight line.

    Originally from Savannah, Ga., Yeager received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and her law degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

    After graduating from law school she took an assistant district attorney position in North Carolina’s District 9A, Person and Caswell counties, just north of Durham.

  • Fifth annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo set to unfold Feb. 26

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will host the fifth annual Health Expo Saturday, Feb. 26.

    The health expo, set to unfold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, is free and open to the public.

    Christy Williamson, Brunswick Beacon advertising sales representative, said the Beacon has been sponsoring the event for the past five years because there is a need in the community.

    Each year, the event continues to increase in size, Williamson said. Last year’s health expo drew a crowd of more than 600 people.

  • Calabash launches budget review

    CALABASH—Town commissioners began their annual budgetary review at an afternoon workshop Monday.

    There are a couple of areas that might need some changes in the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, interim town administrator Kelley Southward said following the hour-long session.

    For one thing, since the town has an engineer designing a stormwater solution for Riverview and River Roads, it will need to increase funds for stormwater/drainage in the upcoming budget in order to start executing the engineer’s construction and repair plan.

  • Calabash meetings scheduled

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners will convene for a special called meeting at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.

    The purpose is to for the board to discuss and take possible action on (1) determining where and how to advertise for the vacant position of town administrator, and to direct the interim town administrator to advertise the position;

    (2) to determine the salary range for the town administrator position and (3) to determine the date in which the board will stop accepting applications for the vacant town administrator position.

  • New administrator gets acquainted in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett was busy Monday—busy getting to know town officials and town staff on his first day on the job, that is.

    “He’s only been here 45 minutes,” Mayor Stephen Selby said, standing with Hargett in the hallway outside Hargett’s new office at town hall.

    So far, Selby had shown Hargett around the building and its offices, and Hargett had already met with town staff.

  • Terminated attorney continues to bill county for legal work

    Gary Shipman, the Department of Social Services attorney whose contract was terminated by county commissioners in January, continues to bill the county for legal services.

    Brunswick County Commissioners voted to terminate Shipman’s contract at their Jan. 18 meeting. But Shipman refuses to step down as the DSS board’s attorney, even billing the county nearly $2,000 for legal services completed after his contract was terminated.

  • Carolina Shores gets ready for better lighting, signage

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is set to light up a dark intersection along with obtaining proper signage.

    Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at the town board of commissioners meeting Feb. 10, said the town is poised to get proper documentation within two weeks to get a streetlight at Persimmon Road and U.S. 17.

    Town building inspector Chuck Riggins met that morning with town engineer Amie Drucker and Allen Pope, Division 3 engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Selby said.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council wants to reach out to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council agrees there needs to be better communication with residents, but exactly how to do that was among a list of agenda items debated at a day-long retreat Feb. 9.

    Town council member Karen Joseph said it would be a good way to combat misinformation, suggesting the town have a computer set up at town hall.
    Fellow council member Carol Scott said she doesn’t mind that idea, but information should be as short as possible and include finances.