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  • Planet Fun set to open July 31

    East Coast Entertainment’s “Planet Fun” family entertainment center is scheduled to open in Shallotte July 31, according to president Brian McCall.

    The 50,000 square-foot business, located beside Lowes Home Improvement on Whiteville Road, is an entertainment center featuring 32 bowling lanes, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black light miniature golf, bumper cars, indoor soft playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant/bar.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners call special meeting to vote again on planning board appointments

    Holden Beach Commissioners will vote again Friday to appoint two nominees to the town’s planning and zoning board. Commissioners first voted to fill a vacant seat and an alternate seat at their monthly meeting July 14.

    But when they did, they voted by secret ballot.

    N.C. General Statute 143.318.13 states, “A public body may not vote by secret or written ballot.” While the statute allows some provisions for written ballots, secret ballots are prohibited under the N.C. Open Meetings Law.

  • The Beacon is now on Twitter and Facebook

    You can now find The Brunswick Beacon on Twitter. Follow us at www.twitter.com/brunswickbeacon for the latest news updates. Please feel free to use the site to recommend stories and share other ideas with us.

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  • Beach Plan amendment bill passes in House

    House Bill 1305, which amends North Carolina’s Beach Plan, passed in the state House Wednesday, July 15.

    The bill now moves to the Senate.

    House Bill 1305, which passed 93 votes to 23 votes, amends the Beach Plan based on a joint select study committee on the potential impact of major hurricanes on North Carolina’s insurance industry, was introduced April 9 by Rep. Hugh Hollimam, D-Davidson.

  • Calabash Town Administrator resigns

    First reported at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.

    Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb has resigned. Cribb resigned his post as town administrator Wednesday morning.

    Here is an excerpt from Cribb’s letter of resignation:

    “As of July 22, 2009 at 9 a.m., I, Jeremy L. Cribb, regretfully resign as town administrator of the Town of Calabash.

  • A tale of two resumes: After learning of a falsified resume, Calabash commissioners stand behind hiring

    CALABASH—After Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb submitted a falsified resume in his bid for the job last year, town commissioners asked him to submit a new one.

    Last week, Calabash commissioners required Cribb to submit a “true and accurate resume,” commissioner Cecelia Herman said.

    The request followed a recent board investigation into Cribb’s background where discrepancies were discovered.

  • Woman suffers shark bite at Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Police are reporting a woman was bitten by a shark while in the water at Holden Beach Wednesday afternoon.

    According to police, a 26-year-old woman was bitten by a shark around 3 p.m. Witnesses said Julia Anne Mittelberg of Morton, Ill., was in about three to four feet of water in the 400 block of Ocean Blvd. W. She reportedly felt something on her left foot in the water. After making her way to the shore, she discovered a bite wound on her left foot.

  • Holden Beach Police officer fired after being charged with driving while impaired

    SHALLOTTE—A Holden Beach Police officer was arrested last Thursday night, charged with driving while impaired—while driving a police cruiser.

    Lt. Kendal Smith was arrested Thursday, July 9, and charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving. Smith, 42, was fired from the police department the following day.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said Smith, who had been with the police department since 2000, was fired from the police department the day following his arrest, because “this was an extenuating circumstance.”

  • Skinny-dippers shuck suits for record-setting event

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C.—Two hundred and forty-nine naked people jumped into the water at a local nudist resort Saturday to contribute to a record-setting skinny-dipping event.

    Whispering Pines Nudist Resort in the Grissettown area of Brunswick County was among nudist colonies throughout the country taking part in the World Record Skinny-Dip.

    Promptly at 3 p.m. “Eastern nudist time,” au naturel sunbathers submerged themselves in the pool and pond at the 35-year-old resort secluded by trees at the end of an unpaved road.

  • Shallotte Police arrest rape suspect behind Waffle House

    Shallotte Police on Monday afternoon arrested a North Myrtle Beach, S.C., man in the woods behind the Waffle House for rape, strangulation and assault.

    According to Police Chief Rodney Gause, at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, a victim was reported being raped behind the Waffle House on Whiteville Road.

    At about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, someone spotted the suspect in the woods behind the restaurant, and police officers responded to the scene. Det. Ed Mardi and Det. Eric King responded, and King used a K-9 tracking dog to locate the suspect.