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  • Park property a topic at specially called Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will convene in a specially called session at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, to continue discussion of price negotiation and material terms for a proposed contract for acquisition of a 5.22-acre site being eyed for a future park.

    Council is also scheduled at this session to meet with the town parking committee to discuss preliminary recommendations and direction from council.

    Another topic on the meeting notice is to discuss the approach to be used in developing land-use ordinance updates.

  • Meet the Candidates Night set for Oct. 11 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Just three days before early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14, Meet the Candidates Night will feature federal, state and local candidates.

    Sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and co-sponsored by the Brunswick Beacon, the event is free and open to the public.

  • Bird at county complex tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus

    There has been regular sentinel chicken testing by Brunswick County Operation Services/Mosquito Control personnel, which is coordinated by the state.

    Bi-weekly sentinel chickens are tested for EEE, West Nile Virus and other mosquito transmitted infections.

    Tests performed on sentinel chickens housed on the Brunswick County Governmental Complex found a bird infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, according to the Brunswick County Health Department.

  • Wishes come true through Wishing Well Foundation

    HOLDEN BEACH—Six-year-old Dakota Thomas has been to the beach before but has only seen it from one spot.

    Because of his spastic cerebral palsy, he must either walk with the help of a walker or be pushed in a wheelchair—neither of which work well in the sand.

  • A new bridge is dedicated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—On a balmy, sun-bathed afternoon, a large crowd turned out at the base of the state’s newest Intracoastal Waterway bridge for its official dedication.

    Though the new $32 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge isn’t quite ready to open to traffic, it got a proper christening and welcome, with state and local dignitaries in attendance at the Oct. 1 ceremony.

  • Holden Beach bulkheads damaged by flooding

    After four and a half days of relentless rain, Pete Schwaiger walked down the steps of his beach house Friday morning, looked at the canal and wondered why his fence was bent over the water.

    He immediately found out why. His was one of 20 bulkheads (sea walls) on Holden Beach that buckled during last week’s monsoon.

    Two low-pressure systems chased by Tropical Storm Nicole roared from the Caribbean up the East Coast and dumped 17 to 22 inches of rain across the island, said town building inspector Tim Evans.

  • Groundbreaking for Brunswick County Hospice Care Center next week

    The groundbreaking for the Brunswick County Hospice Care Center will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the 900 block of Old Ocean Highway near the Canine Academy in Bolivia.

    Local businessman Louie Louis donated 7.35 acres of land for the site of the future hospice facility.

    “I’ve been blessed, and it is nice to share our blessings with others. Lower Cape Fear Hospice has been great to the community, and this brings me great joy to be able to do this,” Lewis said.

  • Board approves five-year plan for roof improvements

    BOLIVIA—Repairs to roofs covering nine Brunswick County Schools will take place during the next five years.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education adopted a five-year roofing capital improvement plan Tuesday night, which outlines when each school’s roof will be repaired, what kind of material will be used and how much repairs are estimated to cost.

    According to information presented to board members Tuesday night by Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning, the last major roof repairs were completed in 1998.

  • State official labels local juvenile services department ‘model judicial district’

    The deputy secretary for court services with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was in town Tuesday as part of a district-wide review of the juvenile court counselors.

    “The impetus for it was that we needed a mechanism to help court counselors recognize the good work that they’re doing and also make sure they’re meeting all the required standards on a regular basis,” deputy secretary Michael Rieder said.

  • Sugar Confections Bakery

    SHALLOTTE—“This is what this area needed,” local resident Mary Couvillon said while purchasing baked goods last week at Sugar Confections Bakery.

    Employee Denise Ward said eight out of 10 customers say the same thing.

    Sugar Confections Bakery opened its Main Street location on Sept. 2, but the baking has been going on much longer. Owner Monique Holenko began her business four years ago, as she turned a hobby into a home business.