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  • Tree planting in Carolina Shores

    Second-graders from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School gather ‘round for the town of Carolina Shores’ Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony last Friday, March 20, at town hall. A red maple tree was planted. 

  • Sunset Beach sewer petitions pouring in

    SUNSET BEACH—More than half the petitions needed to request an extended sewer payback plan have been returned by property owners, an organizer of the effort said Tuesday.

    Carol Scott said so far, signed petitions from both full-time residents and out-of-town property owners have been returning to town hall by the hundreds since the effort was launched two weeks ago.

  • Honor those who help children during Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team will sponsor its third annual flower launch from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    In the past, the event had a solemn tone, focusing on children who died as a result of abuse in North Carolina the previous year.

  • Brunswick County dips to 28th among the country's fastest growing counties

    Brunswick County has once again made the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country.

    But this time, Brunswick County, which once enjoyed the 14th and 17th spots on the Census Bureau list, has fallen to 28. With its population estimated at 103,160 people, Brunswick County’s population increase last year now ranks 28th in the country and third in the state.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics Center set to open Sunday

    The Brunswick Community College Fitness and Aquatics Center will be open to the public beginning Sunday, March 22.

    The 55,000-square-foot facility, on the main campus of BCC in Supply, has a gymnasium, a fitness center, a 4,500-square-foot, 25-yard lap pool, a 1,584 square-foot therapy pool, an aerobics studio, and an elevated track. The center also offers amenities such as drop-in babysitting, locker rooms, and concessions.

    Membership information and rates are available at www.brunswickcc.edu.

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  • Commissioners uphold schools' funding agreement

    BOLIVIA—The question of whether the county would continue its current schools funding agreement weighed heavy on the faces of school board members on the last day of the commissioners’ three-day budget retreat.

    But commissioners approved continuing the current 36.5 percent funding agreement with one major change to the agreement—the schools would now share the county’s deficit.

  • Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show

     A large crowd turned out for the first day of this weekend's Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show on Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    The show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday with a wide variety of home and garden vendors addressing everything from air cleaners and bath and kitchen remodeling to landscaping, plants, sunrooms, tile and windows.

  • Split commission sought help in Calabash, e-mails show

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have been seeking professional guidance about how to resolve their differences, according to a recent review of town e-mails.

    In recent months, friction has arisen among commissioners and townspeople over the town’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance, which a number of merchants complain consists of rules that do not fit in with Calabash or their ideas about what businesses ought to be allowed to do without government interference.

  • Break-ins increase in Shallotte; task force steps up to help

    SHALLOTTE—Incidents of breaking and entering increased between 2007 and 2008, from 81 to 118, and Police Chief Rodney Gause says most of it can be attributed to drugs.

    “We’ve seen a lot of break-ins in [housing] developments, a lot at Walmart,” Gause said recently.

    Thieves broke into 15-20 cars in the Highlands, Green Bay and Brierwood subdivisions, last year, and the Shallotte Moose Lodge was also a target of a rash of car break-ins.

    In 2007, Shallotte Police made three arrests for breaking and entering, and in 2008, they made 10.

  • What you would have missed: Former sheriff's federal charge, e-mails, settlements, closed session chaos and a parent-principal feud

    Though he is now serving a 16-month federal prison sentence, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s federal obstruction of justice charge became public May 10, 2008—when The Beacon broke the story.

    U.S. District Court docket information is public record, and on May 8, 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed USA v. Ronald Hewett in North Carolina’s Eastern District Court.