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  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Bank purchases Brick Landing properties

    Greensboro-based Carolina Bank was the only bidder last Friday at the auction for foreclosed Brick Landing Plantation Golf Course properties.

    The bank agreed to purchase the 130 acres for $1.3 million.

    The bank president says the company is in talks with several parties interested in taking over operation of the 18-hole golf course along the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Sunset Beach Oct. 1 bridge dedication set in concrete

    SUNSET BEACH—Whether or not the new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge is ready to open to traffic, the town’s Sunset at Sunset dedication ceremony for it will ensue as planned Oct. 1.

    “The dedication will take place Friday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., with the reception immediately following,” Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph, who serves as Sunset at Sunset liaison, said Monday.

  • Honor Flight fundraiser kickoff Thursday

    Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina is seeking to raise $50,000 in just 10 days.

    A special fundraising kickoff event will take place at 4 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 26, at the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington.

    The public is cordially invited to join a special group of volunteers who recognize and appreciate everything our Greatest Generation did for us.

  • Sidewalks, park, town hall expansion on Calabash long-range agenda

    CALABASH—Sidewalks, a future park and town hall expansion were among discussion items at a town long-range committee meeting Aug. 19.

    Calabash Town Administrator Marzy Marziano cited a free sidewalks study that can be done by the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization, an arm of the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

    “If I call them, they can be down here as soon as their schedule allows,” Marziano said, speaking at the committee meeting attended by town commissioners Forrest King and Mary Knight and town clerk Kelley Southward.

  • Building fees mulled in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have begun taking a closer look at charging more equitable building-permit fees.

    Scrutiny came at a specially called workshop and meeting Aug. 19 to review and revise the town’s current fee schedule, including provisions for determining building permit fees for multi-unit structures.

    The board has scheduled a public hearing for revisions to the fee schedule at its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.

  • Carolina Shores leaders rebuked for suspending banner law

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board has taken town commissioners to task for suspending an ordinance prohibiting banners and flags at local businesses.

    Jim Parsch, chairman of the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board, read a statement at his board’s Aug. 18 meeting asking commissioners to reinstate the law. On Aug. 5, commissioners approved a resolution suspending enforcement of the ordinance until the economy improves.

  • Nuke plant officials attempt to ease neighbors’ minds about noise, water

    SOUTHPORT—Progress Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant has changed its drill procedures to allow for better emergency response, is ready to move ahead with its dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and has installed silencers on all security guard guns to avoid noise pollution from the on-site firing range.

    Those were some of the topics the plant’s site vice president addressed at last Thursday’s community meeting, during which a number of local residents expressed their concerns about pollution and radiation.

  • Oyster Festival art depicts classic local roast

    The artist of the 30th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival official artwork says this year’s piece depicts what local oyster roasts looked like years ago.

    Brunswick Beacon graphic artist Keith White and Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith unveiled the official artwork for the 30th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival during an event on Wednesday, Aug. 25. 

    White, a Shallotte native, has been chosen as the official artist for the festival for the second consecutive year.

  • Career technical education programs aims to reduce dropouts

    School officials are excited to integrate vocational arts into the daily curriculum at Brunswick County Academy. They believe it will help reduce the dropout rate and provide students additional opportunities to be successful.

    With the help of a $1.9 million federal School Improvement Grant, a new career technical education (CTE) program will be implemented at Brunswick County Academy (BCA) this fall, which will introduce students to three areas of vocational arts.

  • Manufactured home sellers seeing business pick up after 2009 ‘disaster’

    Solid oak cabinets, walk-in closets and simulated or solid surface countertops are luxuries you might not expect from a manufactured home, but led by customer requests, those are they types of amenities available in today’s market.

    And homebuyers are responding.

    Local manufactured home sales companies are reporting better business during the first half of 2010 than all of 2009, but difficulty obtaining mortgage loans remains an issue for buyers.