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  • Super Saturday kicks off holiday season in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association is gearing up for the holiday season with its annual Super Saturday, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina with the annual Property Owners Association meeting. A report of the past year’s activities as well as plans for the next year will be discussed.

    Reports from Mayor Debbie Smith, along with reports from the police and fire departments will be given. Board members will be voted on and elected at this time.

  • N.C. 179 closing Monday at Jenny’s Branch

     At 9 a.m. Monday, N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte will be closed to traffic for the next six months as the North Carolina Department Of Transportation begins bridge replacement work at Jenny’s Branch.

    Traffic will be diverted to a detour on Hale Swamp Road, according to the NCDOT office in Wilmington.

    Signs will be posted to direct motorists to the alternate route.

  • Taste of Home Cooking School Saturday

    The Brunswick Beacon is sponsoring its third Taste of Home Cooking School on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Odell Williamson Auditorium event facility room, and tickets are on sale now.

    The event will open to the public at 10 a.m. Vendor booths will be available displaying their products and company information. Vendor booths close at noon.

    A cooking show will begin at 1 p.m. with chef Michelle Roberts, culinary specialist for A Taste of Home.

  • New traffic lanes

    STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

    New traffic lanes

    As work continues on the new $32 million high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge in Sunset Beach, new two-way lanes have opened to traffic along the island causeway leading to and from the pontoon bridge. The specially built lanes were erected over the marsh so workers can continue with work on the old causeway road to the west, which has been closed to traffic.

  • Brunswick County actively recruiting foster parents, teaching what to expect

    Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series of stories about foster parenting and adoption in Brunswick County.

    BOLIVIA—Ten county residents—retirees, working couples and mothers with children—listened intently as Brunswick County Department of Social Services social worker Lashonda Stanley described the attributes of a good foster parent.

    “It’s important to remain non-judgmental,” she explained, because foster parents, by law, must work with birth parents to return the children to their homes if possible.

  • Motorcyclists to host 16th poker run to benefit local children

    Since 1992, the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts have raised more than $180,000 to take 1,500 local children shopping for Christmas.

    In addition to the annual Christmas shopping trip, the nonprofit group has also provided $30,000 in college scholarships as well as computers for children, gift baskets for the elderly, and electricity, groceries and clothes for local families.

  • Mobile home fire kills one

    A woman died Monday after her mobile home caught fire.

    Joan Stanley, 49, of 4751 Hen Cove Ave., Shallotte, died around 1 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Sam Davis of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Davis said the cause fire is still under investigation, but no foul play was suspected. Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the fire was believed to be a cooking-related fire, which originated in the kitchen.

    A neighbor reported the fire at 1:13 p.m. when he saw smoke coming from the mobile home, Davis said.

  • From foster parent to mother of 10: One woman’s story

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about foster parenting and adoption in Brunswick County.

    OAK ISLAND—Karen Derr’s life is all about children.

    From kindergartners to high school seniors, there’s barely a moment when she’s not either surrounded by kids or planning something for kids in the community.

  • Phillips aims to curb spending, maintain county for years to come

    In a profession where most politicians campaign to promise change and lower taxes, Scott Phillips ran for county commissioner for a different reason—his children.

    Phillips was elected Brunswick County Commissioner on Nov. 4, his first elected position, when he defeated incumbent Tom Rabon 25,036 votes to 22,225 votes.

    The decision to run for county commissioner was a difficult one, he said, but he ultimately decided to run for his children and their future.

    Phillips and his wife Shannon have two sons, ages 7 and 9, and a 2½-year-old daughter.

  • Administration building dedicated in memory, honor of former county commissioner

    BOLIVIA—The $6.6 million, 34,000-square-foot county administration building may be the new digs for the county’s administrative, finance and legal staff, but for the people of Brunswick County, it’s theirs.

    While 77 staff members call it home, the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday was dedicated in the late county commissioner’s honor for the people of Brunswick County, just as Sandifer would have wanted it.