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  • Old bridge to be moved to mainland site

    SUNSET BEACH—Once it's permanently out of commission, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will be moved to a site on the mainland.

    Members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society announced Thursday night that, thanks to local business owners Ronnie and Clarice Holden, the old bridge will be relocated to a lot across from the Sunset Beach Fire Station.

    Announcement came at a celebratory party and press conference at the Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

  • First wreck at new bridge

    SUNSET BEACH—Less than 24 hours after the opening of the new high-rise bridge, a wreck occurred at the entrance to the new Intracoastal Waterway span midday Friday.
    A man was injured and assisted by local emergency workers following the collision reported shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.
    Some residents are saying the intersection leading to and from the mainland entrance of the bridge is dangerous, especially for drivers trying to turn north from the bridge onto N.C. 179 (Sunset Boulevard).
    More information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • New Sunset Beach bridge open to traffic

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge is officially open to traffic.

    The span opened at about 3:15 Thursday afternoon, project superintendent Mark Hackney with English Construction Co. said.

    The opening came after striping work of the bridge’s traffic lanes was completed Thursday afternoon.

    At the same time, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, also marks the last day of public operation of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies

     Holden Beach VFW Post 8866, Calabash VFW Post 7288 and Boiling Spring Lakes VFW Post 10400 are conducting Veterans Day ceremonies Thursday as schools are closed in observance of the solemn military holiday.

    All ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. and are open to the public.

    Weather permitting, the Holden Beach ceremony will take place outside around the flag at the post located at 573 Sabbath Home Road.

    The Calabash ceremony will be at the post located at 900 Carter Drive in Calabash.

    SATURDAY CEREMONY

  • New Sunset Beach bridge opening projected for Friday

    Lane-striping is finally under way on the new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge, and the span should be ready to open to traffic Friday.

    Mark Hackney, project superintendent with English Construction Co., said initial striping work got under way Wednesday and should continue Thursday.

    If all goes according to schedule, the Intracoastal Waterway bridge connecting the mainland and island ought to be ready to open Friday morning, Hackney said this week.

  • Greiner withdraws application for president at N.J. community college

    Stephen Greiner, president of Brunswick Community College, has withdrawn his application for president of Sussex County Community College located in Newton, N.J.

    “Dr. Greiner withdrew his application over the weekend of Oct. 30,” the school’s website states.

    When contacted by a Beacon reporter last week, Greiner had no comment as to why he withdrew from the school’s presidential search.

    “My reasons were personal, and I’ll keep it that,” Greiner said.

  • Board of education recognizes SBHS’s aquaculture program

    BOLIVIA—For 20 years in a row, the South Brunswick High School Aquaculture Program has won the Best in Show award for the student-run exhibit at the Cape Fear Fair and Expo.

    Brunswick County Board of Education members and school administrators recognized the students and program advisor Barry Bey for their achievements last Thursday night at the monthly Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, held in the commissioners’ chambers at the government complex in Bolivia.

  • Sticks and stones may break my window

    It had never crossed my mind to call the police on a 6-year-old. That is, until last week.

    As I drove home from work along Main Street in Shallotte a little after 6 p.m., I noticed a young boy about 6 or 7 years old standing behind a row of vehicles in a parking lot on Main Street.

    He originally caught my eye as I was afraid he was going to jump in front of the line of  traffic I was sitting in. As I drew closer, I realized he was patiently waiting for the vehicles to become parallel with him and then with all his might launching rocks at the cars.

  • Retired and looking for work? You may not be alone

    One local organization seeks to bring an often-overlooked workforce to the forefront in hopes of bringing new industries to the county.

    The South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100 (SBIC100) is launching a survey to find out exactly what skill sets are available among the retired community of Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte discusses giving citizens a 'Pepsi blue Christmas present'

    During a Nov. 4 pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte alderman discussed renewing a current recycling contract with Waste Industries.

    The regular meeting began with the recognition of the SummerFest event sponsors. Certificates were presented to representatives in attendance.

    The meeting went on to discuss changes to two ordinances, No. 10-15 and No. 10-16, as well as the status of a Parts and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant.

    Aldermen recessed until 4 p.m., Nov. 18, for a workshop to discuss the permit extension act.