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  • Jobs and economy top priority for N.C. Senate District 8 candidates

    Jobs and the economy are the top priorities for Bill Rabon and David Redwine, candidates for the N.C. Senate 8 race.

    Republican Bill Rabon, a veterinarian from Southport, said jobs and the economy are the most important issues in Brunswick County and across North Carolina. Reducing the tax rate on small business, he said, would give such businesses more money for creating new jobs. Reducing and keeping regulations that impede jobs and small businesses down, is a must, Rabon explained, especially when it comes to agribusiness and tourism.

  • Department donation draws fire in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Former town commissioner Gere Dale has taken the town board to task for failing to approve an additional $3,000 donation to the Calabash Fire Department.

    Mayor Stephen Selby broke a tie at the Oct. 7 meeting to vote down a proposal by town commissioner Walter Goodenough to donate $30,000 instead of $27,000 to the department.

  • Sunset Beach bridge walk postponed

    The town of Sunset Beach pedestrian walk of the new Mannon C. Gore Bridge has been postponed. The walk tentatively was set for Oct. 22, but NC DOT has notified the town of delays.

    Construction delays may prevent the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s ability to approve an exact date at this point, according to a press release issued by the town Monday.

  • Park property a topic at specially called Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will convene in a specially called session at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, to continue discussion of price negotiation and material terms for a proposed contract for acquisition of a 5.22-acre site being eyed for a future park.

    Council is also scheduled at this session to meet with the town parking committee to discuss preliminary recommendations and direction from council.

    Another topic on the meeting notice is to discuss the approach to be used in developing land-use ordinance updates.

  • Meet the Candidates Night set for Oct. 11 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Just three days before early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14, Meet the Candidates Night will feature federal, state and local candidates.

    Sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and co-sponsored by the Brunswick Beacon, the event is free and open to the public.

  • Bird at county complex tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus

    There has been regular sentinel chicken testing by Brunswick County Operation Services/Mosquito Control personnel, which is coordinated by the state.

    Bi-weekly sentinel chickens are tested for EEE, West Nile Virus and other mosquito transmitted infections.

    Tests performed on sentinel chickens housed on the Brunswick County Governmental Complex found a bird infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, according to the Brunswick County Health Department.

  • Wishes come true through Wishing Well Foundation

    HOLDEN BEACH—Six-year-old Dakota Thomas has been to the beach before but has only seen it from one spot.

    Because of his spastic cerebral palsy, he must either walk with the help of a walker or be pushed in a wheelchair—neither of which work well in the sand.

  • A new bridge is dedicated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—On a balmy, sun-bathed afternoon, a large crowd turned out at the base of the state’s newest Intracoastal Waterway bridge for its official dedication.

    Though the new $32 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge isn’t quite ready to open to traffic, it got a proper christening and welcome, with state and local dignitaries in attendance at the Oct. 1 ceremony.

  • Holden Beach bulkheads damaged by flooding

    After four and a half days of relentless rain, Pete Schwaiger walked down the steps of his beach house Friday morning, looked at the canal and wondered why his fence was bent over the water.

    He immediately found out why. His was one of 20 bulkheads (sea walls) on Holden Beach that buckled during last week’s monsoon.

    Two low-pressure systems chased by Tropical Storm Nicole roared from the Caribbean up the East Coast and dumped 17 to 22 inches of rain across the island, said town building inspector Tim Evans.

  • Groundbreaking for Brunswick County Hospice Care Center next week

    The groundbreaking for the Brunswick County Hospice Care Center will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the 900 block of Old Ocean Highway near the Canine Academy in Bolivia.

    Local businessman Louie Louis donated 7.35 acres of land for the site of the future hospice facility.

    “I’ve been blessed, and it is nice to share our blessings with others. Lower Cape Fear Hospice has been great to the community, and this brings me great joy to be able to do this,” Lewis said.