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  • Brick sales to aid funding for Calabash's future park

    CALABASH—The town is proceeding with plans to sell heritage bricks as a fundraiser for its future park.

    “We’re trying to make it affordable for the folks in our community,” town commissioner Mary Knight said at the board’s Nov. 9 monthly meeting.

    Fellow commissioner Forrest King said they’re actually looking at a couple of different companies to hire to produce the bricks, which can be engraved for future installation in the park.

  • FEMA centers close; residents can still apply for assistance online

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers throughout Eastern North Carolina have closed, but residents affected by Tropical Storm Nicole flooding can still apply for assistance online.

    Patricia Whitt, public affairs officer for FEMA, said the Brunswick County Disaster Recovery Center closed Saturday, Nov. 13.

    Affected residents can apply for assistance online or by phone until Dec. 13, Whitt said.

  • New executive director joins the Brunswick County Literacy Countil

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) welcomed a new executive director the first of October. Dorothy (Dot) Hoerr joined the team at the BCLC with an enthusiasm for reaching more residents in the upcoming year.

    “An estimated 51 percent of Brunswick County residents, approximately 42,000 people, ages 16 and older, read at no higher than a fourth-grade level,” Hoerr quoted from the BCLC brochure.

  • Canvass doesn’t change election results

    Not much has changed in the past two weeks—at least as far as election results are concerned.

    Friday’s elections canvass didn’t change any results from the General Election, almost two weeks earlier on Nov. 4, Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said following Friday morning’s canvass.

    Ashcraft said the canvass determined the number of votes received by write-in candidates.

  • 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 Thursday night that, thanks to local business owners Ronnie and Clarice Holden, the old bridge will be relocated to a lot across from the Sunset Beach Fire Station.

    Announcement came at a celebratory party and press conference at the Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

  • First wreck at new bridge

    SUNSET BEACH—Less than 24 hours after the opening of the new high-rise bridge, a wreck occurred at the entrance to the new Intracoastal Waterway span midday Friday.
    A man was injured and assisted by local emergency workers following the collision reported shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.
    Some residents are saying the intersection leading to and from the mainland entrance of the bridge is dangerous, especially for drivers trying to turn north from the bridge onto N.C. 179 (Sunset Boulevard).
    More information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • New Sunset Beach bridge open to traffic

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge is officially open to traffic.

    The span opened at about 3:15 Thursday afternoon, project superintendent Mark Hackney with English Construction Co. said.

    The opening came after striping work of the bridge’s traffic lanes was completed Thursday afternoon.

    At the same time, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, also marks the last day of public operation of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies

     Holden Beach VFW Post 8866, Calabash VFW Post 7288 and Boiling Spring Lakes VFW Post 10400 are conducting Veterans Day ceremonies Thursday as schools are closed in observance of the solemn military holiday.

    All ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. and are open to the public.

    Weather permitting, the Holden Beach ceremony will take place outside around the flag at the post located at 573 Sabbath Home Road.

    The Calabash ceremony will be at the post located at 900 Carter Drive in Calabash.

    SATURDAY CEREMONY

  • New Sunset Beach bridge opening projected for Friday

    Lane-striping is finally under way on the new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge, and the span should be ready to open to traffic Friday.

    Mark Hackney, project superintendent with English Construction Co., said initial striping work got under way Wednesday and should continue Thursday.

    If all goes according to schedule, the Intracoastal Waterway bridge connecting the mainland and island ought to be ready to open Friday morning, Hackney said this week.

  • Greiner withdraws application for president at N.J. community college

    Stephen Greiner, president of Brunswick Community College, has withdrawn his application for president of Sussex County Community College located in Newton, N.J.

    “Dr. Greiner withdrew his application over the weekend of Oct. 30,” the school’s website states.

    When contacted by a Beacon reporter last week, Greiner had no comment as to why he withdrew from the school’s presidential search.

    “My reasons were personal, and I’ll keep it that,” Greiner said.