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  • Commissioners move forward with free dump week

    BOLIVIA—Each free dump week, which usually takes place in Brunswick County twice a year, costs the county about $27,000.

    But county commissioners on Monday decided it’s money well spent and opted to once again have a free dump week at the county landfill in Bolivia. Commissioners approved the semi-annual event, tentatively scheduled for April 12-17, at the county landfill in Bolivia.

  • Shallotte hears San Rio update, applies for sidewalk grant, changes fee policy

    Shallotte aldermen have received an update on the San Rio project, agreed to apply for a state grant for a new sidewalk along the Shallotte River Bridge and has changed the town’s fee policy to make development somewhat easier.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, officials from LandTech Asset Management Company, the court-appointed receiver for the stalled San Rio development off Gray Bridge Road, said they are working to get the property ready for construction and lot sales.

  • VA: No money for Brunswick facility

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the needs of veterans in Brunswick County and the feasibility of converting Brunswick Community Hospital to a VA facility once it’s vacated.

    Whether or not money is available for a Veterans Affairs clinic in Brunswick County seems to be debatable, but U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., says he’s pushing forward, ‘full steam ahead.’

  • Graduated pet licensure detailed at animal services meeting

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    BOLIVIA—Graduated pet licensure is being considered by Brunswick County Animal Services as a way to offset euthanasia rates and make pet owners more responsible.

    “It would be a fee that would be paid by every resident in Brunswick County that had an animal,” Brunswick County environmental services director David Stanley said at an animal services advisory meeting Monday night.

  • Sunset Beach golf course rezoning deferred, amendments pursued instead

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is no longer pursuing a controversial “open space” zone for golf courses and instead is considering proposed ordinance amendments.

    Jeff Curtis, chief building inspector for the town, said the alternative is being considered after Sunset Beach Town Council voted to defer indefinitely consideration of the proposed open-space or OS-1 district at its Jan. 11 meeting.

  • Bike-path appropriation approved in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved a resolution authorizing an appropriation for bike and walk paths.

    The vote came at council’s monthly meeting Monday night as a result of council’s Feb. 16 planning retreat, where members “indicated a willingness to pay for the engineering design and surveying of the approved” bike plan, according to a summary prepared by town administrator Gary Parker.

  • Mayoral responsibilities debated in Carolina Shores

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CAROLINA SHORES—A town commissioner says the board needs to decide what Mayor Stephen Selby’s responsibilities are.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls, speaking at a pre-agenda workshop Monday, said he does not think personnel should be “any part” of Selby’s responsibilities.

  • Sheriff’s office, highway patrol have policies forbidding association with felons

    In their professional capacities, law enforcement officers deal with convicted felons on a regular basis. In their personal lives, many law enforcement agencies prohibit officers from associating with convicted felons.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, a convicted felon, has thrown his full support behind Tim Daniels, a sergeant with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and sheriff’s candidate.

    “Yes, we support Tim Daniels,” Hewett wrote in a Feb. 25 e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Convicted sheriff campaigns for sheriff and DA candidates

    For a man who cannot cast his ballot in the upcoming election, former sheriff Ronald Hewett has been politically active.

    Hewett, who served as Brunswick County’s sheriff for 14 years before he resigned in April 2008, pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice in June 2008.

    When Hewett was convicted, he lost his right to vote, Gary Bartlett, director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, said.

    But that hasn’t stopped Hewett from actively campaigning on behalf of candidates he supports for office.

  • U.S. Navy Band performs on tour next Wednesday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    STAFF REPORT

    The United States Navy Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is part of the Navy Band’s 2010 National Tour.

    Tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance and are limited to six per request.

    The United States Navy Band, the Navy’s premier musical organization, was established by Congress on March 4, 1925. Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Bailey directs the band.