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  • Boys and Girls Homes benefit from Coastal Living Idea House tours

    SUNSET HARBOR—During three weeks of home tours, thousands of people toured the 6,000-plus-square-foot Coastal Living Idea House in Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

    Last week, Seawatch at Sunset Harbor LLC donated more than $25,000 in proceeds from the home’s tours to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc.

  • Carolina Shores closed meetings

    Following are excerpts from the town board of commissioners’ closed meetings starting with this past Oct. 8 and dating back to March 2, 1999, after the town incorporated on its own after previously being united with Calabash. Copies of closed-session minutes are available at town hall.

    Oct. 8, 2009

    •The board discussed correspondence from CNA Surety, bond company for Portrait Homes (developer of Calabash Lakes). The board discussed legal strategies and how to proceed with Holt Moore, town attorney.

  • Closed minutes released in Carolina Shores show illegal sessions

    CAROLINA SHORES—Previous town boards have had a pattern of taking part in closed meetings that, based on state statute, were not legally justified.

    On Dec. 1, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners voted to release closed-meeting minutes dating back more than 10 years.

    A review of the minutes by The Brunswick Beacon shows the board discussed items behind closed doors that should have been discussed in open session.

  • Proposed stormwater rules tabled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A new stormwater ordinance has been tabled by the board of commissioners.

    Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said a proposed repeal and replacement ordinance are not well worded.

    “We shouldn’t pass it without giving consideration to what we’re trying to say,” Dunn said of the measures previously approved and forwarded to commissioners by the town planning and zoning board.

  • 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.