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Local News

  • ATMC customers could lose 14 networks Monday

    Viacom International Inc., owner of the MTV Networks group, may remove 14 of its channels from ATMC’s cable TV lineup and the lineups of more than 5 million cable TV customers nationwide at midnight Monday, March 31, according to the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

  • Shallotte locksmith faces sexual assault charges

    Deputies have arrested a Shallotte locksmith accused of committing sexual assault, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    David Rodriguez, 52, of Evans Circle SW, was arrested Thursday, March 27, on two counts of second-degree sexual assault in an incident that occurred the previous day.

    Rodriguez “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did engage in a sex offense” with a victim who was “at the time physically helpless,” arrest warrants show.

  • Unemployment numbers rise in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose for the third month in a row, reaching 8.7 percent for January 2014.

    Unemployment numbers are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    After a year of steady decreases in unemployment numbers through the end of 2013, the unemployment rate hit a low of 7.7 percent in October.

    Since October, Brunswick County has increased one full point in unemployment numbers.

  • Leland looks at uses for old town hall buildings

    LELAND — While Leland officials will have to wait at least another month to move into the new town hall, they are making plans to use the old town hall for economic development.

    At the Thursday, March 20, town meeting, parks and recreation director Niel Brooks provided an assessment of the buildings the town staff will leave behind when they move into the new town hall.

    The old town hall is made up of three modular buildings that include the commissioners’ meeting room and staff offices.

  • Sales tax referendum presentations scheduled through April

    Catch county and school officials on tour for the next five weeks pitching the benefits a quarter-cent sales tax increase can provide.

    After county board members voted 4-1 to add a voter referendum for the sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot Feb. 24, the commissioners were asked to help publicize the referendum.

  • County board approves time extension for community hospital sale

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners extended a medical company’s option on the old community hospital property in hopes a purchase agreement will come through.

    County officials agreed to accept a $750,000 offer for the former Brunswick Community Hospital property from Excel Medical Group last September.

    The agreement is the first step in the process of selling the hospital, but other attempts to sell the hospital have fallen through in the past.

  • Second Street residents mind the gap caused by Ocean Isle beach renourishment

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Richard Donovan, of 436 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, and a number of his neighbors are reaping the benefits of the beach renourishment project that is under way on Ocean Isle Beach, but there is a down side.

    Raising the level of the beach with 640,000 yards of sand that is being spread onto the strand between Shallotte Boulevard and Leland Street has left a large ditch along the property line.

  • At-risk teen program to clear Belville Riverwalk trails

    BELVILLE — The first cost-saving measure Belville officials envisioned for the Riverwalk project came through at the Monday, March 24, town meeting.

    Commissioner Joe Breault gave an update on plans from the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville beginning with a low-cost method to clear debris and cut the walking trails into the park.

  • Gore applies for driveway permit at west end of Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — As Mad Inlet continues to be a hot topic, the town has signed off on a driveway permit application from developer Ed Gore at the west end of Main Street.

    Town clerk Lisa Anglin confirmed last week town building inspections director Sandy Wood signed a permit application to be directed to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    “Driveways that connect to a state road are permitted through NC DOT not the municipality,” Anglin wrote in an email response March 21 to the Beacon.

  • Residents question work at Sunset Beach canal

    SUNSET BEACH —Two island residents are asking about permit applications for dredging work in a local canal.

    Earlier this month, resident Jan Harris requested from the town copies of permits for fill to be placed on Riverside Drive, an undeveloped peninsula that runs off Sixth Street just north and parallel to North Shore Drive on the east side of the island.

    Fellow resident Sue Weddle also requested information.