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  • Searcher believes remains found in S.C. are missing woman

    Authorities have recovered a human skull and bone fragments off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., believed to be connected with the disappearance of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002.

    The possible remains of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., have been sent to a lab in Columbia, S.C., for DNA testing. They were discovered last week by a voluntary search group with the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington.

  • Facing mastectomy, 37-year-old shares story

    SHALLOTTE—The breast pain came on suddenly last September, alarming 37-year-old Angie Sutton with its persistence.

    In November, Sutton, director of advertising for The Brunswick Beacon, was diagnosed with Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a “non-invasive” cancer of breast milk ducts that does not spread to surrounding tissue.

  • UDO draws objections from Calabash business owners

    CALABASH—A standing-room-only crowd, consisting mostly of local business owners, turned out Tuesday night to register complaints about the town’s pending Unified Development Ordinance.

    The gist of their argument is the draft UDO imposes rules over the town’s core commercial district that don’t fit in with Calabash, such as banning roof signs, requiring uniform design and dictating colors buildings can be painted.

  • Officials allow gap in sandbag line to be filled

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Officials from the Division of Coastal Management (DCM) have given the go-ahead for Ocean Isle Beach to write a permit for sandbags which will close a gap in a continuous line that runs from the quickly eroding east end to Charlotte Street.

    The gap, which is west of Shallotte Boulevard, was previously unable to be sandbagged because it did not meet a state rule that states sandbags have to be 20 feet from a structure.

  • Brunswick backs Dare County lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have joined the fight against the N.C. Department of Insurance and its escalating homeowners’ insurance rates.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to contribute $10,000 to Dare County officials, who filed a lawsuit last month, claiming the N.C. Department of Insurance “violated constitutional provisions,” when approving rate increases of up to 30 percent in coastal North Carolina counties.

  • U.S. 17 can be part of UDO process in Carolina Shores, consultant says

    CAROLINA SHORES—As the town updates its UDO, any changes it wants for U.S. 17 could be considered, a consultant said at a planning and zoning board workshop last week.

    Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments said recommendations for the 2.7 miles of highway corridor under town domain could be part of the Unified Development Ordinance process.

    Among details under consideration are restricting the number of driveways per lot.

  • First Brunswick Stew Cook-Off set for Saturday in Shallotte

    What better place to have a Brunswick stew-cooking contest than in Brunswick County?

    That’s the reasoning behind the first Brunswick Stew Cook-Off set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Rourk Woods Development in Shallotte.

    “The idea actually came from Cathy Altman, president of the Chamber of Commerce,” said Megan Masser, community programs and events director for the chamber.

    Altman, she said, grew up in Calabash and Brunswick County.

  • Waste reduction grant voted down after heated debate in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A majority of town commissioners have voted against applying for a waste reduction grant that would have been used for enhanced recycling in the town.

    The vote followed heated debate at a specially called meeting Monday in which commissioner Gere Dale expressed anger over fellow commissioners’ reservations about residents’ willingness to separate discarded, recyclable materials.

  • Local business leaders sound off on stimulus money

    SUPPLY—A group of Brunswick County business leaders told U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) last week that federal stimulus money should go to small businesses and infrastructure needs if the economy is going to recover.

    They also suggested the federal government ease recent restrictions on banks, allowing them to loan more freely to developers and other business interests.

    McIntyre met with the group at Brunswick Community College Friday afternoon in one of several economic roundtable discussions he has planned throughout his district.

  • Commissioners OK ‘shovel-ready’ water projects

    Brunswick County Commissioners are prepared for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners approved submitting two “shovel-ready” water projects, hoping to tap into some stimulus money.

    Commissioners approved submitting the two “shovel-ready” water projects to the Public Water Supply Section of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.