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  • State begins electronic vehicle inspections

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles began its electronic inspection program Nov. 1, and vehicles that undergo emissions or safety inspections after that date will no longer receive windshield stickers.

    Instead, each inspection will be due the same month as the vehicle’s registration renewal each year.

    Synchronizing each vehicle’s inspection and registration dates is expected to increase compliance with the state’s inspection program and help benefit air quality and highway safety, according the N.C. DMV.

  • Early voting closed, election day Tuesday

    Early voting in Brunswick County is now closed. Election Day begins Tuesday, Nov. 4, and polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.brunsco.net to find your assigned voting precinct.

  • Unemployment remains high; residents still seeking assistance

    SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.9 in September, while 77 other counties saw decreases between August and September, according to statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Some 3,341 Brunswick County people were unemployed in September, out of a labor force of 48,559.

    Eli Smith, manager of the Brunswick County ESC office, said he saw more claimants in October, which is partially due to tourism-based jobs scaling back during the off-season.

  • Seven vie for three Board of Education seats

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    They’re responsible for selecting qualified individuals to teach children. They’re responsible for spending tax dollars efficiently. They’re responsible for all 18 schools in the Brunswick County School District.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is also responsible for nearly every decision made regarding Brunswick County Schools. And it’s the voters’ responsibility to choose the best candidates for the job.

  • Mother remembers daughter who died in Ocean Isle fire one year ago

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    It’s been a year since a house fire at 1 Scotland St. in Ocean Isle Beach claimed the lives of seven college students. Among the victims was Allison Walden, a 19-year-old from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

    Diane Walden, Allison’s mother, says dealing with the loss of her daughter is just as hard today as it was last year.

    “It’s been very difficult,” Diane Walden, said in a phone interview Monday from her Chagrin Falls home. “It’s difficult every day.”

  • Holden Beach agrees to dredging-dispute settlement

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    The Town of Holden Beach will get $100,000 back from a bonding company after agreeing to a dredging-dispute settlement Tuesday night during the Holden Beach Commissioners’ regular meeting.

  • Brunswick County real estate numbers up from last year, down from August

    The number of existing homes sold in Brunswick County went up again in September when compared to the previous year, according to recent statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    In September of 2008, 170 houses were sold in the county, up from 113 the previous September.

    The number dropped from last month’s 199 houses, however, and the average cost of a home decreased 25 percent over last year, from $358,152 to $267,540.

    Unlike last month, Brunswick County was not the only region to post an increase over last year.

  • Shallotte residents invited to speak about county transportation plan

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    SHALLOTTE—Town residents can let the aldermen know their opinions about the county’s comprehensive transportation plan and how it affects Shallotte at next week’s board meeting.

    The board decided at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting to vote on whether to endorse the plan at next week’s meeting after the board hears from the public.

    A representative from the Brunswick County Planning Department presented the plan at the last regular board meeting, sparking comments from the aldermen.

  • Halloween happenings

    It’s time to get spooky this weekend as several Halloween events unfold in Brunswick County.

    Several kids’ parties are planned Friday night. And Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting “Dracula” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Happenings include:

  • Sea Trail women trick-or-treat for seniors

     SUNSET BEACH—Credit Halloween boredom for spurring four Sea Trail women to charitable action.

    Three Halloweens ago, Linda Blanchette realized her neighborhood had few children or trick-or-treaters, so on a lark she decided to go door-to-door and collect candy from her neighbors in Planter’s Ridge.