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  • 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.

  • Local shrimpers eligible to file claims related to BP oil spill

    East Coast shrimpers are eligible to file claims relating to BP’s oil spill in April off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a memo e-mailed Friday by the Southern Shrimp Alliance.

    “Everyone knows that the BP oil spill has affected shrimping in the Gulf, but it has also affected us on the East Coast,” reads the Nov. 5 e-mail from Nancy Edens and P.D. Mason with SSA-North Carolina. The message was sent to Jackie Varnam, president of Brunswick Catch.

  • Calabash to consider 45-mph speed limit on N.C. 179

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners was poised Tuesday night to consider approving a resolution establishing a 45-mph speed limit on N.C. 179 between Clariday Road and Landing II subdivision.

    The board previously approved the change Jan. 12. The North Carolina Department of Transportation never enacted the change and needs an updated resolution approved by the town to move forward, according to a meeting agenda of the monthly meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at town hall.

  • Overall price for new Sunset Beach high-rise closer to $44.1 million

    SUNSET BEACH—The actual cost to engineer, build and secure a location for the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge, just like the increased height of the new high-rise, has gone up.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, over the previously cited $32 million construction price, the cost to erect the 65-foot-tall span between the Sunset Beach mainland and island is actually closer to $44.1 million when other costs are taken into consideration.

    That’s the amount posted on an NCDOT website outlining the overall cost of the project.

  • Striping holding up Sunset Beach bridge opening

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge is poised to open any day now—just as soon as an out-of-state subcontractor gets here to paint striping on the span’s traffic lanes.

    Mark Hackney, project superintendent with English Construction Co., builder of the new Intracoastal Waterway span connecting the mainland and island, says when that work is done, he’ll be ready to open the bridge.

  • Documents detail Sunset Beach park-site appraisals

    SUNSET BEACH—Two separate appraisals of a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site the town is eyeing for a future park show the property’s worth ranging from $3.8 million to $4.658 million.

    As the town continues negotiations for possible purchase, Brunswick County tax records give the undeveloped property, owned by Tidal Ventures at 206 Sunset Blvd., a current tax assessment of $2,565,300. With revaluations expected next year, some Sunset Beach council members believe that amount could drop.