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  • Unemployment in Brunswick County dips slightly in February

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, but it remains in double digits.

    According to unemployment numbers released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, down .8 percent from 13 percent in January to 12.2 percent in February.

    Brunswick County’s 12.2-percent unemployment rate remains higher than both the state’s 9.9-percent unemployment rate and the nation’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate.

  • 1972—1976: Looking back - Beacon History

    SHALLOTTE—In January 1972 an advertisement in the Jan. 6 Brunswick Beacon says “A Story of Heroes” featuring Steve McQueen and Flesh Fest starring Veronica Lake with flesh-eating maggots is showing at the Holiday Drive-In Theatre.

    In the same issue Macks was selling three giant rolls of paper towels, napkins or envelopes for $1, motor oil was 15 cents a quart and a package of 50 clothespins was 47 cents.

    The Jan. 20, 1972, paper announces the start of construction on a new 12-bed addition to Dosher Memorial Hospital.

  • Cancer diagnosis builds bond between high school siblings

     

    SHALLOTTE—A few minutes before the bell rings, two students in different classrooms at West Brunswick High School get up from their seats.

    Lillian Willis, a junior, and Brian Willis, a freshman, meet in the hallway. Lillian takes Brian’s books and his lunch, adding them to her own menagerie of items to carry. Brian picks up his crutches. Together the brother and sister navigate the bustling hallways to their next classes.

    “I’m his bodyguard,” Lillian jokes.

  • Shallotte agrees to work with Mark Saunders

     

    SHALLOTTE—The town has agreed to work with Mark Saunders and Coastal Companies.

    After delivering a compelling speech and presentation to aldermen at their regularly scheduled April meeting, the board agreed to establish a committee to work with Saunders.

    Saunders began his presentation to the town by saying, “As you know Rivers Edge is understandably important to the town of Shallotte.”

  • Shallotte police department temporarily moved

    SHALLOTTE—The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations.

    Anyone who wishes to speak to an officer or get a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. in Shallotte.

    “We are moving during renovations for the convenience of our citizens. It is simpler and less dangerous for them,” said Linda Moses, secretary.

  • Big changes for Seniors in the county

    Big changes are happening for seniors all over Brunswick County.

    Last week the Ash Nutrition site re-opened after being closed last August. Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., under the leadership of Jim Fish, re-opened the Ash Nutrition Site on Tuesday, March 27. Basic senior programming restarted the week of March 13. Lunch is currently being served at the Ash site on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The site is open to seniors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on meal days.

    “We were able to re-open the nutrition site due to a combination of things,” Fish said.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education votes to return to single bell schedule next year

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday voted three votes to two to return to a single-bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members Bud Thorsen, Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller voted to revert back to the single bell schedule, while board chairwoman Shirley Babson and John Thompson voted to keep the staggered bell schedule in place.

    School officials anticipate an 8 a.m. start time for elementary, middle and high school students for the upcoming school year.

  • Sunset at Sunset group confronts mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset at Sunset committee has a problem with Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato.

    Members delivered a message at Monday night’s town council meeting they are “appalled” Cerrato has continued to call their integrity into question.

    Steering committee member Jean Hutchinson, surrounded by five other committee members, read a prepared statement during public comment.

  • Owners upset over infrastructure, building halt in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Several owners spoke out Monday night about unfinished infrastructure, a halt in construction and plummeting values of land they bought in Jaguar’s Lair.

    Cas Kacala of Shallotte said he and his wife bought a lot in Jaguar’s Lair on the first day of sale, on May 26, 2006.

    He asked council to take action to call in infrastructure bonds for Jaguar’s Lair.

    Property owners Tom Claridy of Sea Trail and Ernst Wittenschlaeger of Wilmington also expressed concerns.

  • Church wants to develop cemetery near Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is mulling a proposed zoning text amendment to allow cemeteries in its agricultural district.

    The proposed change, which requires a public hearing called at this week’s town board meeting for 3 p.m. Thursday, is the result of a request by a local church to develop a cemetery in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    At a town board of commissioners’ workshop Monday, Timothy Randall, trustee for Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, outlined hopes to have a cemetery on donated property.