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  • Register of deeds office: A one-stop shop for passports in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—When Brunswick County Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons first took office in December 2008, she immediately began working on a project to make obtaining passports for Brunswick County residents more convenient.

    Last month, she got her wish.

    The Brunswick County Register of Deeds Office is now the only authorized office in Brunswick County where citizens can apply for a U.S. passport. Since it’s a federally authorized passport agency, anyone, not just Brunswick County residents, can apply for a passport at the register of deeds office.

  • Wounded Warrior rep thanks vets for donation

    CALABASH—It was a $3,000 check that came in the nick of time.

    When Calabash VFW Post 7288 decided to give proceeds from its annual golf tournament Nov. 13 to the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East based at Camp Lejeune, the veterans soon learned just how much it was appreciated.

  • Property taxes due Jan. 5 to avoid interest

    It’s that time of year—property taxes are due.

    Wednesday, Jan. 5, is the last day for Brunswick County residents to pay their 2010 property tax bills without accruing interest.

    Beginning Thursday, Jan. 6, 2 percent interest will be applied to delinquent 2010 tax bills. After that, beginning Feb. 1, and the first of every month after that, three quarters of one percent interest will be applied to the outstanding tax balance, Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said.

  • Three options to be scrutinized for animated signs in Calabash

    CALABASH—Members of the town planning and zoning board have volunteered to research three options regarding animated signs in Calabash.

    Options members will investigate are to prohibit animated signs altogether, to allow only static, lighted signs, or to allow animated signs.

  • West Brunswick students arrested for firearms, alcohol on campus

    SHALLOTTE—Two students were arrested after firearms and alcohol were found in their cars at West Brunswick High School Tuesday.

    John Cody Galloway, 17, of 1269 Village Point Road, Shallotte, was arrested by school resource officers (SRO) Cpl. Darryl Marlow and Deputy Tina Edwards at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Challenge yourself to be afraid in 2011

    It’s January 2011. I can’t believe another year has come and gone. How does that happen so fast?

    Last year at this time, I only dreamed of living in Brunswick County and now I couldn’t be more excited to be starting a new year here.

    I know it is often hard not to get a case of the post holiday blues. The family has all come and gone, the presents are open, the Christmas tree has been taken down and even the leftovers are eaten. A lot of people find themselves in a gloomy mood.

  • Shallotte/Nashville cake girl Burcham on Food Network Challenge airing Sunday

    Shallotte native Lorie Burcham of Crumb de la Crumb has reached a “sweet” level in her cake-building career—national television exposure and a chance to win $10,000 on this Sunday’s episode of the Food Network Challenge.

    According to an e-mail she sent to the Beacon on Tuesday, Burcham’s taped competition will finally be shown this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the Food Network.

  • Manual changes, P&Z appointment up for review in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Changes to the town personnel manual and whether to re-appoint a planning and zoning board member are on town commissioners’ agenda for the board’s first monthly meeting of the year at 3 p.m. Thursday.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a board pre-agenda workshop Monday morning, said the personnel manual changes are “suitable to the policy.”

  • Woman seeks help with damaged yard in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Marie Humphries stood in her yard adorned with what she says is a dead palm tree.

    She blames recent water issues at her home in The Farm at Brunswick, where she has lived for the past year. She believes either the developer, D.R. Horton, or Brunswick County should take responsibility.
    “No one is assuming responsibility for where the water was coming from,” says Humphries, who learned about the problem shortly after moving into her home she bought in December 2009 as its second owner.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets next Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Because of the New Year’s holiday, Sunset Beach Town Council is having its monthly meeting this coming Monday, Jan. 10, at town hall.

    The 7 p.m. session will be preceded by a pre-meeting council workshop at 6:45 p.m.

    On the agenda under “old business” are continued discussion of a golf cart ordinance, speed limits and an appointment to the Sunset Beach Fire Department Fireman’s Relief Fund Board.