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  • Local restaurant owners staying afloat thanks to loyal customers

    SHALLOTTE—Despite the economic downturn, loyal customers at The Purple Onion restaurant at the corner of Main and Cheers streets apparently haven’t given up their favorite breakfast and lunch treats.

    Business at the popular restaurant in Cheers Plaza remains steady, owners Andrew Bland and wife Terry Bland said recently, with little change over last year at this time.

    Even in the middle of winter, it’s often difficult to get a table at the restaurant, which serves what the Blands call “classic American food.”

  • Novant Health, Brunswick Community Hospital report financial losses

    SUPPLY—Brunswick Community Hospital has a clean financial bill of health, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers says.

    While the hospital’s parent company, Novant Health, has reported a financial loss this year, Myers said Brunswick’s facility is in a unique situation with the growth Brunswick County has experienced.

    The hospital’s operating cash flow has decreased from -$1.3 million in 2007 to -$2.9 million in 2008, but Myers said Novant budgeted for losses for the first five years of its operations in Brunswick County.

  • Dare County’s insurance hearing request dismissed

    RALEIGH—Dare County’s request for a hearing before the N.C. Commissioner of Insurance has been dismissed.

    In a Jan. 29 ruling, the request was dismissed because of “lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” the order reads.

    “And because the petitioners’ request for hearing failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” the order continued.

  • Anticipating budget shortfalls, county commissioners look to cut spending

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners are looking for ways to reduce spending after county finance director Ann Hardy told commissioners the county is looking at a budget shortfall of close to $8.5 million this fiscal year.

    Hardy projects a $2.2 million budget shortfall in ad valorem tax revenue, even with what the tax collection department has deemed a “best-case scenario” of a 96 percent collection rate. A 98 percent collection rate was budgeted for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

  • Pregnant woman rescued from boat stranded off Bird Island

    SUNSET BEACH—Town firefighters swam through chilly waters in the wee hours to rescue a pregnant woman from a stranded boat last week.

    The 22-year-old Myrtle Beach, S.C., woman, identified only as “Ashley,” was rescued in the inlet about 50 feet south of Bird Island, around 2 a.m. Feb. 11 by a fire department rescue team.

    Sunset Beach Fire Capt. Kevin Dempsey, who took part in the rescue, said the woman was eight months pregnant.

  • Hospital COO, BCC Chairman Lynda Stanley says hard work, giving back pays off

    As chief operating officer at Dosher Memorial Hospital, chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees, wife and mother, Lynda Stanley of Shallotte barely has time to breathe.

    But with her priorities in the right place, this busy woman makes time for what’s important—her faith, her family and her community.

    She began working at Dosher 22 years ago as director of laboratory services. Over the past 15 years, she has been given more responsibility and now oversees everything under the hospital’s roof.

  • Beacon brings home state press association awards

    The staff of The Brunswick Beacon has been honored with seven awards from the North Carolina Press Association’s News, Editorial & Photojournalism Awards contest.

    The awards were presented last Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh.

    Beacon staff writer Caroline Curran, along with the rest of the Brunswick Beacon news team, was singled out for efforts to promote community knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act with the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information Award.

  • SOUTHPORT—In response to economic trends and in an effort to lower costs, the Dosher Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has adopted a plan to curtail expenses and ensure the financial sustainability of Dosher Memorial Hospital.

    The objective of the plan, which was developed by Dosher Hospital administration, is to reduce operational expenses while preserving job security for employees and not adversely affecting patient care.

  • Detectives credit task force with breaking and entering arrests

    Detectives at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are crediting a multi-agency task force for the recent arrests of three suspects wanted for break-ins in the southern part of the county.

    The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force was formed in December 2008, and was created to enable local law enforcement agencies to share information.

  • Proposed bill outlaws animal shelters' use of gas chambers

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller of Oak Island has signed onto a humane euthanasia bill up for consideration in the state legislature that would outlaw the use of gas chambers at animal shelters in North Carolina.

    Local animal activists said they are pleased with House Bill 6, also known as “Davie’s Law,” that would require animal euthanasia gas chambers to be dismantled by 2011.

    The bill, introduced by state Rep. Cary Allred, is named for a shelter puppy that was found alive in a dumpster in Davie County after surviving a euthanasia gas chamber.