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  • Sunset Beach approves 10-year payback period for sewer

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council last week discussed a payback period for the town’s estimated $33 million sewer project slated to launch next year, with completion by 2011.

    Town attorney Michael Isenberg said, following recent discussion with Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall, there is no way it could be done for more than 10 years.

    He said at the Aug. 4 meeting a new act allowing for 30 years “doesn’t apply in our situation.”

    A tax district could be set up in which people pay a separate tax.

  • Beacon, ATMC join to preview football season

    High school football is getting ready to kick off, and The Beacon and ATMC want to make sure everyone is ready for another season.

    Tune in to ATMC Channel 3 next week for ongoing high school football coverage throughout the season. On Wednesday nights, ATMC will broadcast all West Brunswick home football games.

    The Beacon recently teamed up with ATMC to produce a preseason coaches’ show.

    Next week, on ATMC Channel 3, Beacon reporter Caroline Curran tackles all things football with local coaches and players.

  • The Plantation Years (1721 to 1774) at Ocean Isle Beach

    In 1720, both pirates and Native Americans were virtually eliminated from the Ocean Isle Beach area. Most of the pirates were hanged in 1720 in Charleston, S.C., and most of the Cape Fear Indians had left the area during the Tuscarora Indian War.

    In 1720, the Ocean Isle Beach area was ripe and vacant for pioneers to begin settlements and try to make a living. Families such as Gause, Frink, Brooks and Moore settled here and started large plantations.

  • Local fencing contractor charged for forging bids on county projects

    An Ocean Isle Beach fencing contractor has been charged with forgery and is accused of submitting fraudulent bids for county parks and recreation fencing projects.

    Scott Aaron McLamb, 48, of 78 McLamb Court, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor common law forgery.

    McLamb was charged Monday and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to a release order.

  • Wal-Mart evacuation sparked by intentionally-set fire

    The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Shallotte was evacuated Thursday night after someone intentionally set fire in the women’s undergarments section, Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said.

    Store employees extinguished the fire using dry chemical extinguishers before local fire departments arrived. Corporate employees ventilated the store using the its existing air handling units.

    “They’re definitely to be commended for doing a great job,” Dunwell said.

    Read this week’s Beacon for more information.

  • All 17 BCC Practical Nursing students pass state exams

    The entire graduating class of Practical Nursing (PN) students at Brunswick Community College has passed the state licensure exam. This is the first perfect pass rate since 2004 for BCC PN graduates.

    Tanya Mace, director of practical nursing, said the dedication from the 17 PN students as well as a “strengthened curriculum” taught by the faculty contributed to a perfect pass rate.

    “Those at the helm have the experience and knowledge to help the students succeed,” Mace said.

  • It's 'Seussical: the Musical!'

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s “Seussical: The Musical,” showcasing a cast of 53 men, women and children of Whoville, opens this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    It will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and 15, Saturday, Aug. 9 and 16, and in matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.

    BLT’s summer 2008 production is described as a colorful musical extravaganza for all ages, from the littlest Who to the grinchiest Grinch.

  • Dancing with the B.C. Stars brings in $200,000

    Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars raised $200,000 for Brunswick Community College students and crowned a new dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of Brunswick Community College Foundation’s first “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” fundraiser.

    Twenty-one couples including local “celebrities” and professional dancers performed choreographed numbers of their choice. Votes were cast online and during Friday’s event for $10 each. More than 2,000 votes were cast before the fundraiser began.

  • Info sought in death

    Forty-nine-year-old Valerie Burns was last seen in downtown Wilmington before investigators found her body in her burning car on a dirt road in Leland early on July 30.

    Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have been canvassing downtown Wilmington and surrounding areas, passing out fliers of Burns and searching for leads about who she may have been with and where late July 29 or early July 30.

    “We have some leads we’re working on; persons of interests we’re looking at,” Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • Gang ties claimed in theater stabbing

    SHALLOTTE—One claims to be a Blood, the other a Crip.

    Shallotte detective Eric King said those two juveniles got in an altercation Friday night, which ended with one stabbing the other.

    King said when Shallotte Police responded to the reported stabbing around 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte, both the victim and the suspect told police about their gang affiliations.

    The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, claimed affiliation with the Bloods gang. The victim, a 15-year-old boy, claimed affiliation with the Crips gang.