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Local News

  • Beacon brings home state press association awards

    The staff of The Brunswick Beacon has been honored with seven awards from the North Carolina Press Association’s News, Editorial & Photojournalism Awards contest.

    The awards were presented last Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh.

    Beacon staff writer Caroline Curran, along with the rest of the Brunswick Beacon news team, was singled out for efforts to promote community knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act with the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information Award.

  • SOUTHPORT—In response to economic trends and in an effort to lower costs, the Dosher Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has adopted a plan to curtail expenses and ensure the financial sustainability of Dosher Memorial Hospital.

    The objective of the plan, which was developed by Dosher Hospital administration, is to reduce operational expenses while preserving job security for employees and not adversely affecting patient care.

  • Detectives credit task force with breaking and entering arrests

    Detectives at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are crediting a multi-agency task force for the recent arrests of three suspects wanted for break-ins in the southern part of the county.

    The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force was formed in December 2008, and was created to enable local law enforcement agencies to share information.

  • Proposed bill outlaws animal shelters' use of gas chambers

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller of Oak Island has signed onto a humane euthanasia bill up for consideration in the state legislature that would outlaw the use of gas chambers at animal shelters in North Carolina.

    Local animal activists said they are pleased with House Bill 6, also known as “Davie’s Law,” that would require animal euthanasia gas chambers to be dismantled by 2011.

    The bill, introduced by state Rep. Cary Allred, is named for a shelter puppy that was found alive in a dumpster in Davie County after surviving a euthanasia gas chamber.

  • Shallotte planning board OKs annexation, plat

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended the board of aldermen approve annexing and rezoning a home in Wildwood Village and the final plat for Highland Forest Townhomes.

    During the regular meeting Tuesday night, planning board members heard from town administrator Paul Sabiston that the owners of the Wildwood Village property, Jose and Laura Segarra, requested annexation of their property on Squirrel Avenue because they need water.

  • Calabash tables UDO for further consideration

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents brought more questions about the town’s pending, controversial Unified Development Ordinance update, which commissioners tabled for further consideration Tuesday night.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons also appointed a five-person committee to address the UDO and any amendments that might need to be made in the near future.

    At the start of the meeting, town commissioner Cecelia Herman requested that agenda items related to the UDO and its accompanying zoning map, including action to vote on them, be removed.

  • Association of Realtors gives presentation to Holden Beach homeowners

    Bills for beach-house insurance are set to go up a staggering 30 percent this year, deductibles are also skyrocketing, and if the “beach plan” is passed, property owners who once insured their homes for $1.5 million will not be able to insure anything more than $750,000.

    That’s what Steve Candler, government affairs director of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, reported about North Carolina insurance rates during the Holden Beach Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday night.

  • Longtime postmaster gets retirement send-off from Supply Post Office

    SUPPLY—A changing of the guard took place this week in ZIP code zone 28462.

    Jay Hamer, retiring postmaster at the Supply Post Office, worked his last official postal day Tuesday.

    A new officer-in-charge, Scotte Horne, is assuming temporary detail and leadership at the local facility off Southport-Supply Road.

    Hamer, who turns 55 in April, is ready to retire after 33 years with different post offices in North Carolina, including his postmaster position for the past seven in Supply.

  • Shallotte Police arrest suspect for threatening phone calls to The Brunswick Beacon and Oceanside Family Medicine

    SHALLOTTE—Police have arrested a suspect in connection with last week’s threatening phone calls that temporarily shut down The Brunswick Beacon office and Oceanside Family Medicine on Smith Avenue.

    Brandon Elliott Coleman, 35, of 1006 Bricklanding Road, Shallotte, was arrested last Thursday and charged with communicating threats and making a false report concerning a destructive device.

  • Sheriff's office starts professional standards, internal affairs division

    BOLIVIA—Mark Francisco retired in December after 22 years with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, but his retirement was short lived.

    On Feb. 1, Francisco, 49, began at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a sergeant over the newest department at the sheriff’s office, a professional standards and internal affairs division.

    The professional standards and internal affairs department is just one of many new initiatives Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has implemented since being elected sheriff in May, Francisco said.