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  • County sues bonding company over Saunders’ called bonds

    Brunswick County has turned to federal court in an attempt to complete infrastructure improvements in Mark Saunders’ various communities throughout the county.

    Brunswick County commissioners voted to call bonds for several of Saunders’ properties in March for infrastructure improvements for 11 communities under the umbrella of The Coastal Companies that total more than $11 million, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

    The county has now sued the bonding company, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co., in U.S. District Court.

  • New physician joins Brunswick County VA Outreach Clinic

    SUPPLY—A new physician has joined the staff of the Brunswick County Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic.

    Dr. Zbigniew Trojanowski joined the Brunswick clinic May 8. The clinic, at 20 Medical Campus Drive in Supply, is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

    Services include primary health and mental health services for veterans in and around Brunswick County. Trojanowski will lead one of two Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT).

  • Illegal alien pleads guilty to rape of 6-year-old

    An illegal alien has pleaded guilty to raping a 6-year-old girl.

    Assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart said Luis Arturo Sanchez, 23, pleaded guilty last Friday, May 11, in Brunswick County Superior Court to the first-degree rape of a 6-year-old girl from Shallotte in 2010.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

  • Second case of rabies confirmed

    On May 8 a raccoon attacked a 14-year-old lab in the Supply area off of Stone Chimney Road.

    The raccoon was shot by the dog's owner and sent to the state lab for testing. The results came back positive on May 10.

    The dog was not current on its rabies vaccination and will be humanely euthanized. The owner was given the option of having his dog quarantined for 6 months at his expense. If the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, it would have just needed a rabies booster vaccination, health officials said.

  • Sunset Beach council workshop next Tuesday

    In addition to considering a tolling agreement for Jaguar’s Lair, Sunset Beach Town Council will address the following agenda items at its upcoming monthly workshop at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, May 15, in the town hall conference room.
    •Parking engineer discussion on scope of work for the Sunset Beach island
    •Bike trail/pedestrian walkway presented by Michael Norton
    •Consideration of adoption of ordinance 130.15, shading devices discussion
    •Consideration of approval for tolling agreement with Mark Saunders, Coastal Communities

  • Sunset Beach restrooms nearing completion

    New restrooms for the Sunset Beach island have been installed and should be ready for use by mid-week (May 9), according to information posted this week on the town’s website.

    Once the ground where pipes were installed has settled, that area of the gazebo parking lot will be repaved.

    For more information, call town hall at 579-6297 or check back on the town’s website at www.sunsetbeachnc.gov.

  • Sunset Beach agrees to pursue 'tolling' agreement with Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council will consider approval of a tolling agreement with developer Mark Saunders at its monthly workshop at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, May 15.

    The decision came during a lengthy monthly council meeting Monday night, when Saunders, Jaguar’s Lair property owners and other residents spoke out on both sides of the issue about the unfinished development.

    “Tolling” is a legal term first broached at Monday night’s meeting by Elaine Jordan, general counsel for Saunders’ company, Coastal Communities.

  • Tree-cutting plan gets closer scrutiny in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A consultant with North Carolina State University is scheduled to be in town this week to assist with trees targeted for removal at Carolina Shores Golf Course.

    Town commissioner John Russo, speaking at a town board workshop Monday, said the consultant is set to accompany the town tree committee to the site this Wednesday, May 9.

  • Calabash ponders Fourth of July

    CALABASH—The town is hoping to have an annual Fourth of July event, but its co-sponsor is coming up short on funds.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight, speaking at the town board of commissioners monthly meeting Tuesday night, told representatives with the Calabash Merchants Association the town planned to contribute a record $8,500 for this year’s holiday event.

    But the merchants association has requested $10,000 to cover for this year’s fireworks show.

  • From the best to worst abs, local men show flaunt their physique

    SHALLOTTE—For the last six weeks six men have been getting up early and sweating as they worked toward a common goal—to get the best abs.

    For 40 days the group of friends worked on their goal. At 6:15 a.m. May 1, they had the “big reveal” complete with judging. One received first place with last place claiming the donut award.

    It started when Scott Nonnenman decided it was time to shed some winter weight and start getting his body in shape for the summer.