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  • Town denied chance to voice opinion regarding DOT road abandonment

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has abandoned maintenance responsibilities on a portion of Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, but Mayor Debbie Smith said the town has not been given the appropriate chance to respond.

    According to N.C.G.S. 136-55.1, a 60-day notice from DOT is required when abandoning maintenance of roads. The statute also requires notices to be sent to adjacent property owners.

  • Calabash resident launches write-in campaign

    CALABASH—A dozen residents gathered at a local resident’s house last week to support her in her quest as a write-in candidate for town commissioner.

    Mary Knight said her candidacy would be an uphill battle.

    “We’re very open to volunteers at this point in time,” she said at the Sept. 10 meeting. “We can use all the feet we can.”

    Calabash Acres resident Alinda Meares said the purpose of the meeting was establish Knight’s candidacy and to reach as many people as possible.

  • Warren wants to freeze school funding

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners agree they have concerns about goings-on with the Brunswick County Board of Education, but they did not agree with one solution presented by commissioner Charles Warren.

    Warren, who is serving his first term as commissioner since being elected last November, proposed freezing school board funding until the school board “gets their act together.”

  • Across the Aisle: Burr addresses healthcare reform, president's speech

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress. Next week’s Beacon will feature an interview about healthcare reform with Democrat U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who represents North Carolina’s seventh congressional district.

  • Calabash commissioners narrow down list of candidates for town administrator

    Calabash commissioners narrow down list of candidates for town administrator

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have whittled the list of administrative candidates to nine. They will be interviewed soon.

    At a Sept. 10 meeting, commissioners discussed guidelines in the search for a new town administrator including how to conduct background checks.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said they’ve got quality people on the list.

  • Tribute paid on eighth anniversary of 9/11 in Brunswick County

    On the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Legionnaires once again joined Lions on the N.C. 130 overpass in Shallotte to remind everyone to remember a tragic, sacred day in U.S. history.

    Russ Polizzotti of American Legion Post 503 in Calabash once again was among those taking time to wave flags and at passing motorists on U.S. 17 down below.

  • DA clears deputy in fatal shooting

    District Attorney Rex Gore cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee in last Sunday’s fatal shooting.

    Hardee had been on administrative duty since Sunday, Sept. 6, when he shot and killed 49-year-old Alton Walters after attempting to arrest him during a domestic call, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Teenager shot during home invasion; suspect remains at large

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man they said shot a 17-year-old while attempting to enter the teen’s home.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, 17-year-old Curtis Keith Todd, of 2636 Plymouth Drive SW in the Civietown community of Supply, was shot in the arm after he tried to confront the man he said was trying to enter his home.

    Todd was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital where he is listed in satisfactory condition, and is expected to be treated and released, the release states.

  • Wounded Warriors ride through Brunswick today, Saturday events planned

    Wounded Warriors are riding through Brunswick County today.

    Organized by Hope for Warriors, the adaptive cycling event is intended to provide a cycling experience for service men and women who were wounded in combat overseas.

    The group's goal is to provide recreation and rehabilitation for wounded service members.

    Today's events include a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Waterfront Park in Southport with a red, white and blue water salute from Sunny Point's boat.

  • Under investigation: A tale of three decades

    When it comes to political corruption in Brunswick County, history, it seems, repeats itself.

    In 1979, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI agents began the now-infamous federal corruption investigation known as ColCor. ColCor, the moniker given for the investigation into corruption in Columbus County, produced 35 criminal indictments. Judges, lawmakers and the state’s lieutenant governor were among those indicted.