Local News

  • First UMC service in new sanctuary Sunday

    SHALLOTTE—The construction of the new $2.8 million sanctuary set to open Sunday at Camp United Methodist Church is as much for the community as it is for its members.

    The Rev. Richard Vaughan said when looking at new visions for the church, members decided they should participate in more community outreach and missionary work opportunities.

    The new sanctuary and Sunday school rooms can provide ample space for small groups to develop, John Donoghue, finance chair, said.

  • Sunset Beach tables open space amendment

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is reviewing a proposed open-space amendment after it was tabled Oct. 4 by Sunset Beach Town Council, a town official said last week.

    Jeff Curtis, chief building inspector for the town, said at an Oct. 7 town planning board meeting that he, along with town attorney Mike Isenberg and planning board chairman Bill McDonald, are “working on making the section clear” regarding open space for golf courses.

  • Commissioners take no action on funding request from museum foundation

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners of Ocean Isle Beach took no action Tuesday regarding a capital funding request from the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation.

    On the agenda during the town’s monthly meeting, commissioners were presented with a $7,100 funding request for capital expenses from the museum foundation. Tom Deacon, interim executive director, said three heat pumps have failed within the past six months and need to be replaced.

  • Jobs and economy top priority for N.C. Senate District 8 candidates

    Jobs and the economy are the top priorities for Bill Rabon and David Redwine, candidates for the N.C. Senate 8 race.

    Republican Bill Rabon, a veterinarian from Southport, said jobs and the economy are the most important issues in Brunswick County and across North Carolina. Reducing the tax rate on small business, he said, would give such businesses more money for creating new jobs. Reducing and keeping regulations that impede jobs and small businesses down, is a must, Rabon explained, especially when it comes to agribusiness and tourism.

  • Department donation draws fire in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Former town commissioner Gere Dale has taken the town board to task for failing to approve an additional $3,000 donation to the Calabash Fire Department.

    Mayor Stephen Selby broke a tie at the Oct. 7 meeting to vote down a proposal by town commissioner Walter Goodenough to donate $30,000 instead of $27,000 to the department.

  • Sunset Beach bridge walk postponed

    The town of Sunset Beach pedestrian walk of the new Mannon C. Gore Bridge has been postponed. The walk tentatively was set for Oct. 22, but NC DOT has notified the town of delays.

    Construction delays may prevent the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s ability to approve an exact date at this point, according to a press release issued by the town Monday.

  • Park property a topic at specially called Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will convene in a specially called session at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, to continue discussion of price negotiation and material terms for a proposed contract for acquisition of a 5.22-acre site being eyed for a future park.

    Council is also scheduled at this session to meet with the town parking committee to discuss preliminary recommendations and direction from council.

    Another topic on the meeting notice is to discuss the approach to be used in developing land-use ordinance updates.

  • Meet the Candidates Night set for Oct. 11 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Just three days before early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14, Meet the Candidates Night will feature federal, state and local candidates.

    Sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and co-sponsored by the Brunswick Beacon, the event is free and open to the public.

  • Bird at county complex tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus

    There has been regular sentinel chicken testing by Brunswick County Operation Services/Mosquito Control personnel, which is coordinated by the state.

    Bi-weekly sentinel chickens are tested for EEE, West Nile Virus and other mosquito transmitted infections.

    Tests performed on sentinel chickens housed on the Brunswick County Governmental Complex found a bird infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, according to the Brunswick County Health Department.

  • Wishes come true through Wishing Well Foundation

    HOLDEN BEACH—Six-year-old Dakota Thomas has been to the beach before but has only seen it from one spot.

    Because of his spastic cerebral palsy, he must either walk with the help of a walker or be pushed in a wheelchair—neither of which work well in the sand.