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  • BSRI opens Southport center; grand opening set for Nov. 21

    SOUTHPORT—A new, spacious senior citizens center provides art classes, bridge games, exercise classes and lunches for seniors in the community, and it is intended to serve as a model for several future centers throughout the county.

    The Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. center has been open for only a month and has already seen double the number of participants from the previous location, according to BSRI director Jim Russell.

    At 11 a.m. Nov. 21, the BSRI staff will have an official grand opening ceremony to celebrate the center’s offerings.

  • Shallotte police investigating armed robbery, kidnapping at Coastal Cinemas

    Shallotte police officers are investigating an armed robbery, safecracking and kidnapping at Coastal Cinemas Sunday night.

    According to an incident report, at about 10:30 p.m., two suspects came in through the business's side door. They were armed with handguns and hit the victim in the head twice with a gun. They went into the victim’s office, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene.

    Officers are investigating suspects, and arrests are expected.

  • Uniquely Brunswick County - 2009 Photo Contest

    Uniquely Brunswick County

    Think Outside the Beach Photo Contest

    The Brunswick Beacon wants to know what you think makes Brunswick County unique. Pick up a camera and show us in this year's photo contest.

    The contest is divided into three divisions:

    Kids Division (Ages 12 and younger), Teen Division (Ages 13-18) and Adults (Ages 19 and older)

    There is an entry fee of $5 per photo in the adult division. Kids and teens divisions are free. Participants may enter as many photos as they wish.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: 'Whatever it Takes'

    When Brunswick County Schools’ Superintendent Katie McGee visited the district a decade ago, one of the people she clearly remembers is Bob Grimes. He made a lasting impression.

  • A House divided: Healthcare reform bill narrowly passes in House

    A $1 trillion-plus price tag and new taxes were among reasons U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said he would not vote for the healthcare reform bill, which went to a vote Saturday night on the House floor.

    With a five-vote swing, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act passed late Saturday night in the House, 120 votes to 115 votes, with McIntyre among those casting a nay vote.

  • Commissioners prioritize projects for recovery zone bonds

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved five infrastructure projects to benefit from recovery zone bonds.

    With $2.8 million in economic development bonds available for projects within a county-designated recovery zone, commissioners chose to move forward with one sewer line expansion project, three water line expansion projects and the Leland library expansion project.

    Commissioners have until Dec. 15 to declare the recovery zone, but they were cautioned to keep the recovery zone broad to include all projects.

  • New Hope Clinic breaks ground on new, larger facility in Boiling Spring Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—With the flick of a shovel, staff, volunteers and community members broke ground on the future New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    On Friday, Nov. 6, community members and clinic staff and volunteers gathered on the vacant lot on West Boiling Spring Road to commence the construction of the new nonprofit clinic.

  • Flood watch, wind advisory in effect for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Brunswick County, in effect through Thursday night. A wind advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Thursday.

    Sustained winds will be about 15-25 mph, with gusts expected as high as 35 mph. Winds at these speeds could impact driving, especially in high profile vehicles. Use caution when driving, especially on bridges and overpasses.

    With saturated grounds, NWS warns of the possibility of downed trees. Some power outages may be possible.

  • Animal shelter readies for new gas chamber

    Animal activists hoped the Brunswick County Animal Shelter had done away with its last gas chamber, but a new one is on the way.

    Southport resident Peter MacQueen, president of The Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, said last week he hoped the shelter would do away with its carbon monoxide animal euthanasia chamber after it failed to meet specifications in a recent inspection.

    But Brunswick County Environmental Health Director David Stanley said this week the old gas chamber has been removed to make way for a new one.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Outgoing board member cites mayor's meeting prayers in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner Gere Dale last week took issue with prayers Mayor Stephen Selby regularly says at town meetings.

    Meanwhile, the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores continued to ask questions about contracts approved for town administrator Linda Herncane and assistant administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The contracts were ratified by the board at the Nov. 5 meeting.