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  • Calabash hires new administrator

    CALABASH—The town has hired a new administrator scheduled to start work Nov. 16.

    Hiram Marziano, currently an assistant town manager in Troy, N.C., accepted Calabash town commissioners’ job offer by phone Wednesday following a closed meeting at town hall.

    Marziano is the first Calabash administrator required to pass a background check. His job performance will be reviewed at the end of 90 days, and he also will be required to pass a drug test. His annual salary will be $52,000.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Cindy Sheehan speaks about peace movement

    BOLIVIA—Cindy Sheehan said there is a common misconception about the peace movement.

    “There’s just this false perception that the peace movement somehow hates our troops. We love our troops,” she explained Monday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sheehan made a stop in Bolivia as part of The Peace Mom and the Patriot, a five-stop North Carolina tour. “That’s why we want them to come home walking, not in body bags.”

  • ATMC to re-air Shallotte forum

    ATMC TV has scheduled an additional airing of the Shallotte Meet the Candidates Forum for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 on ATMC TV Channel 3.

    ATMC failed to air the show during one of its scheduled times, 1 p.m. Wednesday, and will re-air it Saturday afternoon, a spokesperson said.

    The forum is regularly scheduled for additional airings Monday afternoon and evening.

  • Get a glimpse of Haunted Southport this weekend

    Take a walk through Southport, learn some history and see a few ghosts this weekend at Old South Tour and Carriage Company’s Haunted Ghost Walk.

    Katie Stewart, owner of Old South Tour and Carriage Company, will be conducting the walking tours through Southport. These tours vary slightly from her traditional ghost walk in that some of the history is different, and actors will re-enact scenes from the tour along the way.

  • Video: Shallotte candidates discuss traffic concerns, future development

    Encouraging future development in keeping with Shallotte’s small-town atmosphere, moving forward with the long-term vision plan and trying to mitigate traffic problems on Main Street were the main topics of conversation at last week’s Meet the Candidates Forum.

    Last Wednesday’s event, at the ATMC meeting room, was the last of four such forums sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, ATMC TV, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and Sunset Properties.

  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of spot zoning suit against Shallotte

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a judge’s dismissal of Shallotte Point residents’ lawsuit against the town of Shallotte, stating their claim of spot zoning to allow for a condominium project was unfounded.

    Husband and wife Chris Musi and Pam Sabalos, who live on Riverbend Drive, filed suit against the town of Shallotte in 2007, claiming the town’s rezoning of land on their street for the proposed Holden’s Landing condominium project was “arbitrary” and amounted to illegal “spot zoning.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Large marijuana farm discovered in Green Swamp

    Deep within the brush and the bog of the Green Swamp—the constant hum of a helicopter overhead—sheriff’s deputies discovered a large marijuana farm.

    After several days of searching for the operation, sheriff’s deputies discovered the marijuana farm Friday morning after air surveillance pinpointed the location, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Organizers say 40,000 people visit two-day Festival by the Sea

    HOLDEN BEACH—Dee Carlisle remembers 30 years ago when what has come to be known as the Festival by the Sea was a small middle-island festival for children to stay off the streets on Halloween.

    From its meager roots, the festival grew and moved to different locations across the island before becoming Festival by the Sea. Last weekend’s festival saw its biggest numbers yet in its 30-year-plus history, Carlisle said.

  • Parade of Homes winners announced

    Bill Clark Homes took home three Diamond Awards in this year’s Brunswick County Parade of Homes competition.

    The Brunswick County Homebuilders Association had its awards dinner last Thursday at 101 Stone Chimney Place, where Diamond Awards were presented in 10 home price categories.

    Bill Clark Homes won for condos/townhomes between $170,000 and $200,000, single-family homes between $140,000 and $160,000 and single-family homes between $165,000 and $195,000.

  • Hospice announces capital campaign to build care center in Brunswick

    “Closer to Home” is the name of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter’s three-year capital campaign to raise $3.5 million for the construction of a seven-bed inpatient hospice care center for Brunswick County patients and families.

    Campaign manager Cindy Cheatham of Shallotte said this week the name says it all about why a center is needed in Brunswick County.