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  • Calabash, Carolina Shores team up for Fourth of July fireworks

    CAROLINA SHORES—The separate-yet-adjacent towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash are reuniting—at least where fireworks are concerned.

    At its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 10, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners approved teaming up with Calabash to donate $5,000 to help cover for the cost of fireworks at this year’s Fourth of July festivities in Calabash.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough called it an “opportunity to partake in a major celebration”—something his own town has been interested in having.

  • Commercial strip up for new ownership in Calabash

    CALABASH—A commercial strip at Calabash Town Center is undergoing a change in ownership.

    The 11.85-acre site was previously part of a parcel pegged for development by Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners.

    The site was recently posted for sale for $1.55 million by Cape Fear Commercial of Wilmington. The property consists of five parcels composing the total acreage. It is part of Calabash Town Center, a mixed-use commercial and residential project by Myers’ company.

    Myers said Monday the property was taken from Calabash Town Center LLC.

  • Author visit to Sunset Beach is Cat Tails' meow

    A local feline group will be beneficiary of appearances this Saturday by a best-selling author.

    Author Larry Bond is coming to Sunset Beach this Saturday to benefit Cat Tails, a nonprofit, no-kill cat adoption facility at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bond, a former defense analyst, is author of New York Times best-selling military thrillers, including “Cold Choices” and “Exit Plan.” He will make two appearances in Sunset Beach.

  • Did Johnston County elect coastal congressional nominee?

    Ilario Pantano won Brunswick County, New Hanover County and six other counties in last Tuesday’s Republican contest to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., in November.

  • Brunswick County finance team wins awards, including distinguished budgeting

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County finance team, helmed by director Ann Hardy, have been recently honored with multiple financial awards, including distinguished budget presentation.

    According to county manager Marty Lawing, the finance department earned honors for the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2011.

  • Looking back: Beacon headlines from 1979, 1980

    Editor’s Note: This is the next in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    SHALLOTTE—The Beacon continued its coverage of the controversial liquor by the drink laws, featuring a story in the Jan. 4, 1979 issue of the Beacon, entitled, “Liquor by the drink and alcoholism relationship eyed.”

  • Commissioners opt not to re-appoint tax assessor to another term

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have opted not to re-appoint Brunswick County Tax Assessor Tom Davis to another term when his current term expires June 30.

    According to a letter sent to Davis from Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing, commissioners have decided not to re-appoint Davis to another term at the helm of the county tax department.

  • Shallotte Point home destroyed by fire

    SHALLOTTE POINT—A Shallotte Point home was destroyed by a fire Monday night.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said around 9 p.m. Monday, May 14, someone reported a house fire at 1788 Mary Sheldon Road in Shallotte Point.

    The homeowner was out of town, and no one was in the home when it caught fire, Garner said.

    The cause of the fire was a lighting strike, which Garner said attributed to several other house fires on Oak Island Monday night. Several strong storms with lightning moved through the area Monday night into Tuesday morning.

  • Tuesday’s canvass doesn’t change any elections outcome

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Elections officials completed an elections canvass at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, and elections director Greg Bellamy said no local races changed as a result of the canvass.

    “There were 191 provisional ballots, nowhere near enough to change the outcome,” Bellamy said.

    There will be a second primary Tuesday, July 17.

    All voting precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on July 17.

  • Novant teams up with basketball legend Michael Jordan for new ad campaign

    The next time you see basketball great Michael Jordan on TV, it may not be for Nike Air Jordans, the Bobcats or even Fruit of the Loom.

    Jordan has recently teamed up with Novant Health, parent company of Brunswick Novant Medical Center, for a series of TV spots highlighting several health campaigns for the hospital and for Novant Health.