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  • Board of education recognizes SBHS’s aquaculture program

    BOLIVIA—For 20 years in a row, the South Brunswick High School Aquaculture Program has won the Best in Show award for the student-run exhibit at the Cape Fear Fair and Expo.

    Brunswick County Board of Education members and school administrators recognized the students and program advisor Barry Bey for their achievements last Thursday night at the monthly Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, held in the commissioners’ chambers at the government complex in Bolivia.

  • Sticks and stones may break my window

    It had never crossed my mind to call the police on a 6-year-old. That is, until last week.

    As I drove home from work along Main Street in Shallotte a little after 6 p.m., I noticed a young boy about 6 or 7 years old standing behind a row of vehicles in a parking lot on Main Street.

    He originally caught my eye as I was afraid he was going to jump in front of the line of  traffic I was sitting in. As I drew closer, I realized he was patiently waiting for the vehicles to become parallel with him and then with all his might launching rocks at the cars.

  • Retired and looking for work? You may not be alone

    One local organization seeks to bring an often-overlooked workforce to the forefront in hopes of bringing new industries to the county.

    The South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100 (SBIC100) is launching a survey to find out exactly what skill sets are available among the retired community of Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte discusses giving citizens a 'Pepsi blue Christmas present'

    During a Nov. 4 pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte alderman discussed renewing a current recycling contract with Waste Industries.

    The regular meeting began with the recognition of the SummerFest event sponsors. Certificates were presented to representatives in attendance.

    The meeting went on to discuss changes to two ordinances, No. 10-15 and No. 10-16, as well as the status of a Parts and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant.

    Aldermen recessed until 4 p.m., Nov. 18, for a workshop to discuss the permit extension act.

     

  • Shallotte business booms

    Five new businesses have decided to call Shallotte home.

    Three businesses opened for business in October, and two more are in the works. In economic times where more businesses are shutting their doors rather than opening them, the Town of Shallotte is on the radar for major corporations wanting to be a part of a growing town.

    Verizon Wireless authorized dealer cellularsales.com opened a store on Main Street late last month. Also, two local entrepreneurs saw an opportunity and opened a consignment store and a restaurant: Classy Closet Consignment and The Grille.

  • GOP sweep: How Brunswick County was won

    Editor’s note: This is a first in a series of post-election stories analyzing the 2010 Midterm Election.

    For Brunswick County Republicans, Tuesday, Nov. 2, was a good day.

    On the national stage, Republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives with a 60-seat power shift, the greatest mid-term shift since 1938, and narrowed the margin in the U.S. Senate, picking up six seats.

  • Four years in the making, David wins chance to serve as DA for 13th District

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part feature series with district attorney-elect Jon David.

    Jon David has set lofty goals for himself before even being sworn in as district attorney.

    Days after David’s election victory over Whiteville defense attorney Butch Pope, David sat down with the Beacon to discuss his victory, as well as his plans moving forward.

  • County looks to curbside, countywide recycling in 2011

    Brunswick County residents could have curbside recycling as early as July 2011.

    Brunswick County Commissioners previously sought out bids for recycling contracts, but ultimately decided to defer until next fiscal year before beginning with a countywide recycling contract.

    Commissioners discussed recycling proposals at their Nov. 1 meeting, and have scheduled an informational meeting for municipalities for 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at county commissioners chambers in Bolivia.

  • VA outreach clinic: Bidding ends for physicians

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said while some details still need to be ironed out, she is excited for the opening of the Veterans Affairs outreach clinic in Brunswick County.

    Initially slated to open in fall 2010, Hartsell said the clinic, as well as a pilot transportation program, will likely open early next year.

    “I would be surprised if they were able to do it before the first of the year,” Hartsell said.

    VA officials accepted bid applications from physicians from Sept. 27 through Oct. 20.

  • Carolina Shores administrator, P&Z chairman leaving positions

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Linda Herncane and town planning and zoning board chairman Jim Parsch are both leaving their positions.

    The announcements were made at the Nov. 4 Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting.

    Herncane, reading from a prepared statement at the end of the monthly meeting Thursday afternoon, said she is retiring for health reasons that she attributed to being summoned to court last June.

    Herncane said it was the lowest point in her 12.5-year career with the town.