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  • Brunswick County Volunteer Awards

    Jayne Mathews, director of the Brunswick County Volunteer Center, announced five recipients of the Brunswick County Volunteer Awards last week at a reception in Bolivia. One of the recipients, Mary Pritchard, a volunteer at South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry, went on to win the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

    Mary Pritchard, South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry

    Mary Pritchard volunteers at the South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.

  • Holden Beach moves closer to finalizing property purchase

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously authorized the town attorney, mayor and/or town manager to sign the closing documents for the town to purchase three lots behind town hall and accept three other gift properties, once the documents are legally prepared and agreeable to both the buyer and seller.

    Holden Beach Enterprises has offered to sell the Town of Holden Beach three lots behind town hall for $1 million and offer the other three properties as gifts.

  • Movie magic from Ocean Isle Beach

    Two Ocean Isle residents have combined their talents to make movie magic.
    Adam Melton and John Keogh teamed up with Tri-Rahn Pictures and Vela Films to create the feature film “Pendulum Swings.” Melton, a partner in Vela Films, served as both the lead actor in the film and the producer. Keogh utilized his extensive writing background to bring life to the script.

  • Decorating the town

    Every day last week, drivers on Main Street in Shallotte passed a woman whose mission for the past decade has been to make the town more attractive.

    Now in her early 70s, Sara McCullough has tried to retire from serving as the head of the town’s appearance committee for several years, but she says this is her last.

    “I am stepping down at the end of this year,” she said. “I tried last year, but I agreed for one more year. It has gotten so big.”

  • Boom...boom...BOOM

    Residents all over the county reported hearing loud booms last week.

    While this isn’t a new occurrence for the area, it has some people wondering why there aren’t any answers and just exactly what is going on.

    Are jets breaking the sound barrier, is the continental shelf shifting, are they sonic booms, is the Great Spirit shaping the Earth or are the Seneca Indians reminding us of the guns used to take their land?

    No one seems to know.

  • Town decides to change recycling containers for 2011

    It’s going to be a Pepsi-blue Christmas for Shallotte after all.

    Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved moving forward on a contract with Waste Industries to provide a 96-gallon recycle cart to each residence.

    Instead of the current 18-gallon bin that must be carried to the curb, residents will have a 96-gallon rollout cart. Waste Industries hopes to begin the service starting on Jan. 1.

    “They are convenient and easy,” Waste Industries Brunswick branch general manager Greg Brinkley said at in the November aldermen meeting.

  • A Johnson family holiday

    Growing up, Thanksgiving Day always meant three things in my house: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a bird and the wishbone.

    The typical Thanksgiving began with my older brother and I racing past one another in a battle for the couch. The quickest and strongest landed in the lap of luxury; the slower and weaker enjoyed the view from the floor.

  • Christmas season kicks off this weekend in Ocean Isle Beach

    If you’re in Ocean Isle Beach Saturday, you’ll know Christmas is coming.

    Saturday is full of events ringing in the holiday season. Super Saturday, a day of events sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA), kicks off with the annual property owners’ meeting at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Refreshments will be served during a half-hour meet-and-greet. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature several speakers, including Mayor Debbie Smith, Police Chief John Goodwin and OIPOA President Jerry Rothenberg.

  • ‘Voice of a victim’ shares story of loss, forgiveness at 15th annual candlelight vigil

    LELAND—Before she was the managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, Stacey Manning was the only child of a single mother. 

    She was the proud daughter of “a 5-foot-5-inch woman of integrity and strength,” on whose head Manning could easily rest her elbow. 

    P.J. Summitt was “the type of mom who could keep me in check simply by raising her eyebrow,” Manning said. 

  • Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle provides seniors independent living

    For Corky Godfrey, where she came from “can’t hold a candle” to Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Beach.

    “Oh, it’s heaven,” she said. “It’s heaven.”

    Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle, an independent living community off N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach, has been open since Sept. 6. The 70,000-square-foot facility has 70 apartments—30 studios, 32 one-bedrooms and eight two-bedrooms. So far, there are 12 occupants whose ages average in the early 80s.