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  • JobBoost to begin in December in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County is one of 38 counties in the state with high unemployment rates selected for the JobBoost program to curb unemployment.

    At a Brunswick County Board of Social Services meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 16, it was announced Brunswick County would be eligible for the state program, which reimburses employers $6 per hour per eligible worker for five months.

    “This is going to be a good program for us,” interim DSS Director Neil Walters told board members.

    The $5.5 million project will begin Dec. 1, 2010, and run until April 30, 2011.

  • Sunset Beach island residents urge committee to rethink parking

    SUNSET BEACH—Island residents’ comments varied at a town parking committee meeting Monday, but the consensus seemed close to unanimous: they don’t want parking on their streets.

    “Unfortunately, we’re being asked to sacrifice ours so visitors can have a place to park,” said Dr. Joseph Stolfi, who lives on North Shore Drive.

    Imagine the outrage, he said, if mainland residents found visitors’ cars all up and down their streets, “with all the attendant noise and trash.”

  • Old bridge to be moved to mainland site

    SUNSET BEACH—Once it’s permanently out of commission, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will be moved to a site on the mainland.

    Members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society announced last week that, thanks to local business owners Ronnie and Clarice Holden, the old Intracoastal Waterway bridge will be relocated to a lot across from the Sunset Beach Fire Station.

    Announcement came at a celebratory party and press conference Thursday night, Nov. 18, at the Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

  • Fundraiser, cookoff to aid Holden Beach musician

    HOLDEN BEACH—This Saturday, the community is coming together to aid one of its most talented musicians.

    Saxophonist James “JB” Brown, who regularly plays at Holden Beach festivals and Castaways Raw Bar & Grill, has prostate cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes, his manager, Matthew Howell, wrote to the Beacon last week.

    Saturday’s festivities will include a chili cookoff, a raffle and entertainment that will include a performance by Brown, who lives in Durham.

    Brown, Howell, said, was stricken about five years ago.

  • Woman upset after dog dies aiding puppy in attack

    SUPPLY—Janice Gras can’t help but cry as she tells about Tippsey, her beloved Chihuahua who died Nov. 14, two days after the little dog was attacked by a strange dog that ventured into her yard.

    The incident happened during the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 12, when Tippsey was outside playing with a puppy belonging to next-door neighbor Wanda Biggers.

    Out of nowhere, Gras and Biggers said, a pitbull dog wandered onto the property and proceeded to attack the puppy, a Dachshund mix named Einstein.

  • Former assistant files lawsuit against Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A lawsuit filed against the town by former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut is still pending, Mayor Stephen Selby said last week.

    According to documents filed at the Brunswick County Courthouse, Chestnut claims the town breached a contract she signed with the town in Oct. 8, 2009, after she was hired in July 2008. The contract was effective from the date it was signed through Oct. 31, 2011, according to the lawsuit, and ensured Chestnut an annual salary of $41,400.

  • Ash mom still fighting for custody of sons in Canada

    Ash mom Amy Smith flew to Canada earlier this month in hopes of getting her sons, only to return home disappointed once again.

    Smith has been trying to regain custody of her sons, 8-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan, from her husband Shawn for nearly two years.

    She thought she had finally gotten her day in court Nov. 8, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCEMC) paid for her to travel to Canada for a hearing under the Hague Convention Treaty, an international child abduction law.

  • Greiner named president of Kentucky community and technical college

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College President Stephen Greiner has been named president of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in Hazard, Ky., according to the school’s website.

    Greiner was selected as the college’s new president Nov. 15 following a board of directors’ meeting, the site states. Greiner did not respond to several messages left by a Beacon reporter seeking comment but was quoted in a press release on the HCTC website.

  • VIDEO: WBHS Spotlight on Talent

    SHALLOTTE—Many talented students roam the halls of West Brunswick High School every day.

    Last Tuesday night, students in 24 acts took center stage at Spotlight on Talent, the school’s annual talent show. Winners from the event will advance to the county talent show next year and compete against students from all high schools in Brunswick County.

    Proceeds of Spotlight on Talent will benefit the West Brunswick High School Vocal Music Department.

  • Town of Holden Beach likely to buy waterway property behind town hall

    It appears the town of Holden Beach will buy three properties behind town hall for $1 million as well as accept three gift properties from the seller, Holden Beach Enterprises Inc.

    Jim Griffin and Virgil Roberts own 75 percent of Holden Beach Enterprises, and attorney Joe Taylor from Wilmington owns 25 percent, Roberts said in an interview after a town meeting last week.