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  • Residents question tree removal at Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The fate of trees remains up in the air after a roomful of residents bombarded the manager of Carolina Shores Golf Course with questions.

    Golf course manager Philippe Bureau reiterated plans at the Feb. 9 town board meeting to remove around 900-1,000 pine trees that are interfering with sunlight and the club’s ability to grow grass, especially on the greens.

  • Local actress chases her dreams

     

    SHALLOTTE—No dream is to big for one aspiring young actress.

    Tara Goodman is a senior at West Brunswick High School, but her dreams are of legends.

    Goodman relocated with her family to Shallotte her freshmen year of high school. She remembers auditioning for a part in the school’s production of “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

    “I didn’t get the part,” Goodman said. “In 10th grade I got a part in ‘Fame’ and I knew that is what I wanted to do the rest of my life.”

  • Local talent takes the stage

    SHALLOTTE—The scene was much like “American Idol” or “The Voice” on Saturday morning at Planet Fun. The only thing missing was the judges.

    David Pickett, executive producer of “unDISCOVERED,” was filming a pilot for what he hopes will become a monthly talent show in Brunswick County.

    On Saturday eight acts performed a variety of entertainment from comedy to rapping and singing. The show was filmed by Pickett’s crew with the hopes of being edited into a 30-minute pilot to be aired locally in the near future.

  • Town opposes school calendar changes: Fears tourism will suffer

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town adopted a resolution Tuesday morning opposing a proposal for Brunswick County Schools to change school calendar dates.

    The calendar will be discussed by the Brunswick County Board of Education after it is taken up in a calendar committee meeting. The board of education is poised to talk about the changes in March. Some proposed calendar changes would require approval from the state General Assembly.

  • Best of Brunswick winners named

     

    Your votes have been cast and the ballots have been tallied.

    The 2012 Readers’ Choice Best of Brunswick award winners have been named. Make sure you don’t miss them; they appear in a special section in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fifth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has more than tripled in responses since its inception.

  • Lifelong educator remembered by peers, students

    Editor’s note: This is a first is a series of stories about Barbara Brunson, who was killed last month in a wreck by a suspected impaired driver.

    For half a century, Barbara Brunson was in a classroom teaching the next generation (and the next) the importance of education.

    Brunson retired last year at 72 with 50 years of teaching under her belt.

    But for Carl Brunson—Barbara’s loving husband turned grieving widower—he wished she hadn’t retired, even if he knew it was incredibly well deserved.

  • Wedded at the Walmart

    SHALLOTTE— Susan Ludlum and Wayne Brandenburg knew they wanted to get married and they knew the perfect place—right where they met.

    Walmart of Shallotte.

    At 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, Ludlum and Brandenburg were married in Walmart’s Site to Store section. The wedding was a first for the local store, but not a first for the chain.

    For the couple, it made sense to get married where they met. Five years ago, Ludlum worked as a cashier there where she met Brandenburg.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until March

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to allow county officials to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue once again next month.

    After eight hours of continuing testimony Monday, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board have recessed the hearing until 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

    The March hearing will be the fifth time planning board members will meet to hear testimony to determine if they will grant the county the special exception permit needed to move forward with the landfill expansion.

  • Sex offender registry application available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    RALEIGH—A new iTunes application allows anyone to track and view registered sex offenders in North Carolina by using a mobile device.

    The North Carolina Department of Justice recently unveiled an application, or app, to view the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

    Users can also track registered sex offenders with the same app.

    North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the sex offender registry app has been downloaded by more than 18,000 people since it went live Jan. 31.

  • Commissioners to have annual budget retreat this week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners will have their annual budget retreat this week.

    Commissioners have scheduled the two-day workshop for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Both budget sessions will be in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.