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  • ELECTION 2010: Rabon, Fennel file for state senate

    With Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. not seeking re-election, the District 8 seat in the North Carolina State Senate will be open for the first time in 35 years.

    Bill Rabon, a Republican and Southport veterinarian, filed for election Friday. Though it is his first time running for public office, Rabon said he knows what the people of southeastern North Carolina need and is ready to address their concerns.

  • Superintendent search narrowed to 10 candidates

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has narrowed the search for the next superintendent to 10 candidates from a pool of 34 applications.

    Board members met Thursday afternoon and selected the top 10 applicants. Chairperson Bud Thorsen said the 10 will be interviewed over the course of three days beginning March 12.

    “We’ve gone through the big hurdle of narrowing it down, and I feel very confident that out of the 10, we’ve got it narrowed down to where we’re gonna find the right person for Brunswick County,” Thorsen said.

  • Oyster recycling program collects 6,800 bushels from Brunswick

    Since its inception in 2003, the North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling program has collected 108,017 bushels (2,971 tons) of oysters from 22 counties throughout the state.

    Brunswick County restaurants, residents and festivals have helped contribute to that number by giving 6,805 bushels since 2003.

    The North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries recognized local recycling partners last week.

  • Calabash board launches review of recommended UDO changes

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—With a new consultant at the helm, town commissioners last week started combing through recommended changes to the Unified Development Ordinance update.

    The thick book is designed to replace and better unify the town’s land-use section of its current code.

    Over the past year, proposed changes had drawn opposition from business owners and others in the community who found them too stringent or not appropriate or workable for Calabash.

  • Northbound lanes of U.S. 17 to close Wednesday morning near NMB

    The northbound lanes of U.S. 17 will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the fixed bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., just north of the Cherry Grove exit.

    The closure is expected to last about two hours. It is taking place for an investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, who will be investigating the fatal accident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

    Traffic will be diverted to the swing bridge during that time.

  • Financial projections, capital improvements in Sunset Beach's budgetary future

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—A five-year financial forecast calling for a second fire station and nine firefighters was among items discussed at Sunset Beach Town Council’s daylong budget retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker outlined financial projections for the next five fiscal years, which he said are only estimates to help guide future budgetary decisions in conjunction with the town’s capital improvement program.

  • Fourth annual Health Expo set for Feb. 27 at West Brunswick High School

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Free health screenings and a medication drop-off are among highlights at Health Expo 2010 taking place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, this year’s expo will feature an array of free health screenings and services.

  • CELEBRITY WINE & DINE: 'General Hospital' actress hosting wine tastings this weekend in Calabash

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—It isn’t every day a soap opera star visits a restaurant in the Seafood Capital.

    But that’s what’s happening this Friday and Saturday nights at Sunrise Pancake House, when “General Hospital” actress Laura Wright and her husband John host tastings introducing wines from their California winery.

  • Fried-fish Fridays: Calabash VFW heats up with Lenten dinners

    Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 19, from 5-7 p.m., the post once again will start cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 2.

    The cost is $9 per dinner and $1 for an extra cup of homemade clam chowder.

    VFW members start preparing for the weekly fish fries on Tuesdays, when increased orders of fresh haddock arrive at the post.

  • Local woman seeks to start support group for visually impaired

    Regina Evans of Shallotte is on a double mission: to educate the public that visually impaired people can lead normal lives and to provide a support system for the visually impaired and their families in Brunswick County.

    She has the experience to do just that.

    Evans lived in Georgetown, S.C., for 14 years before moving to Shallotte. There, she served on the S.C. Council for People with Disabilities, advocating for services for visually impaired children and adults.