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  • Church warming passersby with free soup Tuesdays in Shallotte park

    SHALLOTTE—On a cold midday in December, the Rev. Mark Hooten stirred up a large kettleful of homemade soup to warm hearts and stomachs.

    For the past few weeks, from noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, the pastor and other members of Holden Beach Church of God have been offering free hot soup in Shallotte Riverside (Farmers Market) Park behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Congressional Budget Office scores tort reform

    A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows addressing tort reform in pending healthcare reform legislation before Congress could reduce the federal budget deficit by about $54 billion over the next 10 years.

    But, according to David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., tort reform takes up only three paragraphs worth of ink in the 2,074-page Senate bill.

    “Certainly Senator Burr feels we cannot have any sort of meaningful healthcare reform without addressing medical malpractice reform,” Ward said.

  • West Brunswick students honored with 'Effort Awards

    More than 60 West Brunswick High School students were honored Friday morning with Effort Awards.

    Nominated by their teachers, students were recognized with Effort Awards for class participation, attendance, attitudes, willingness to help and any other positive behaviors exhibited.

    Principal George Kelley said Effort Awards, which are given out semiannually, are to tell students “thank you for what you’ve been doing.”

    Read next week’s Beacon for the complete story.

  • Has the real estate market turned a corner?

    Since January, Brunswick County Realtors have sold 858 site-built houses and townhomes and 316 condominiums and manufactured/modular homes. That is down from 947 and 413 in 2008, according to statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    An additional 131 sales are now pending, and local agents say that’s a harbinger of good news for the market’s future.

    Bonnie Black, broker-in-charge at Re/Max at the Beach’s Calabash office, went as far as to say the county’s housing market has taken a turn for the better.

  • Mayor, commissioners sworn in for new terms at Holden Beach

    The newly elected and re-elected Holden Beach mayor and commissioners were sworn in during the regular commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night at town hall.

    Commissioner Sandy Miller reminded Holden Beach property owners an open house would be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the new town hall. Property owners can tour the $4 million, two-story facility then.

  • Animal gas chamber on health board agenda Monday

    Brunswick County’s new, refurbished animal euthanasia gas chamber has yet to be activated.

    David Swain, director of Brunswick County Animal Services, says the stainless steel unit standing dormant behind the shelter on N.C. 211 is awaiting delivery of a fan.

    The chamber is also a topic of discussion on the agenda of the next Brunswick County Health Department board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The matter also will be discussed prior to that at a county environmental health committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Sewer project work under way in Calabash

    CALABASH—Initial groundwork toward laying new sewer lines is under way in Calabash.

    “They’ve completed about 90 percent of low-pressure mains,” Brunswick County Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said. “They haven’t put services on. This is just the mains.”

    A gravity sewer system is being placed in Calabash Acres, along with gravity mains along Persimmon Road.

  • Calabash swears in three newly elected commissioners, gets down to business

    CALABASH—After three newly elected town commissioners were sworn in Tuesday night, the board got down to business, re-electing Forrest King mayor pro tem and hearing additional appointments by Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    Incumbent Bill Dixon, former commissioner Jody Nance and write-in candidate Mary Knight were administered the oath of office by town clerk Kelley Southward at the last town commission meeting of the year.

    Clemmons also recognized outgoing commissioners Cecelia Herman and Emily DiStasio with plaques and for their contributions during their board terms.

  • Golf course rezoning draws protests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposal to rezone golf course open areas from mainland residential to an “open space” district drew opposition from residents at Monday night’s town council meeting.

    Consideration of the rezoning was suspended until council’s next monthly meeting Jan. 11.

    Jay Eriquez said the zoning proposal is confusing and conflicting since it’s “part single-family homes and recreational facilities.”

  • Resolution requesting senior center on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners on Thursday will consider a resolution requesting their area be considered as a site for a future senior center.

    If approved the resolution, on the agenda of the board’s monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will ask the county to locate a senior center in the Carolina Shores or Calabash area.

    Brunswick County is planning three sites for a senior center in the Leland, Shallotte and Calabash areas, town administrator Linda Herncane noted in her monthly report.