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  • Fence talk stretches on in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Ongoing discussion about fences—the kind that makes good neighbors—was deferred last week by the Sunset Beach Planning Board to a Nov. 20 work session.

    The board is revisiting a proposed amendment to the fence-height ordinance after it was sent back by town council last month for language clarification.

    Board members also indicated at the Nov. 6 workshop they favor eliminating front-yard fences altogether in Sunset Beach, though existing ones would be grandfathered.

  • Parent who suggested creationism studies returns to board

    BOLIVIA—The parent who sparked a creationism debate among parents, teachers and community members returned to the Brunswick County Board of Education last week with another request.

    “I’m asking that the board develop a curriculum that is focused on presenting information to the students that is factual and not for indoctrination,” Joel Fanti said during the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday.

    “We need to be talking about empirical evidence to verify a point that is stated.”

  • Former town, county leader Jerry Jones dies

    Former Shallotte alderman and mayor and former county commissioners chairman Jerry Jones, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 6, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family.

    Jones’ family, friends and colleagues remember him as a public servant, family man and loyal friend who didn’t always have a lot to say but who always had the best interest of others at heart.

  • Brunswick voters rush the polls; Democrats defeated

    See all The Beacon's election coverage here.

    STAFF WRITER

    More than 50,000 Brunswick County residents voted in this year’s election, with a large number voting early, and Democratic candidates for county seats all lost to Republicans.

    Some 50,759 people, or 66.94 percent of registered voters, cast their ballots in Brunswick County in this year’s election.

  • Senior Follies light up stage Nov. 8-9 weekend

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Golden-age talent will take center stage as Senior Follies, a fundraiser for Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, unfolds Saturday night, Nov. 8, and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 9, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Unofficial General Election results for Brunswick County

    All precincts have now reported.

    Registered Voters: 75,827

    Ballots Cast: 50,759

    Voter Turnout: 66.94 %

    Precincts Completely Reported: 23 of 23

    Race winners for Brunswick County include:

    Bettie Fennell for State Senate

    Bonner Stiller for House of Representatives

    Dewey Hill for House of Representatives

    Marty Cooke for County Commissioner District 2

    Charles Warren for County Commissioner District 3

    Scott Phillips for County Commissioner District 4

  • Business briefs

    Terhune buys design firm

    Doug Terhune of Carolina Plantations Real Estate has purchased the custom home design firm of Plan View Design of N.C. LLC.

    Plan View Design has been designing custom homes at local communities such as Ocean Ridge, Rivers Edge, Sea Trail and Brunswick Forest for years.

    The home are viewable in 3D, which gives clients the ability to tour inside and outside of the home prior to construction.

  • Shallotte Police arrest one for heroin, marijuana possession

    Shallotte Police officers charged a Supply man with possession of heroin and marijuana on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

    According to Shallotte Police officer Kyle Jones, Anthony Junior Bell, 38, of 1882 Ridge Road, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

    According to Jones, Bell was arrested after police responded to a disturbance at the Microtel in Shallotte.

  • Voters head to the polls

    Rainy weather hasn't stopped people from going to the polls this morning.

    Voters were lining up at the Supply precinct polling place—the Brunswick Educational Transition Center—where Register of Deeds candidate Brenda Mercer Clemmons was doing some last minute campaigning.

    At the old Shallotte fire department building, as a light rain sprinkled outside, poll workers said there were lines throughout the morning, but by around 10:30 a.m., it had slowed to a steady, constant flow.

    Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will stay open until 7:30 p.m.

  • Lack of food, money threatens Brunswick Family Assistance’s future

    By Stacey S. Manning

    Managing Editor

    Officials with Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) say if they don’t come up with about $50,000 before mid-January, the nonprofit agency may have to close its doors.

    BFA, based in Shallotte, provides crisis services for families and individuals throughout Brunswick County by offering assistance with food, rental and utilities payments, clothing, disaster needs and more.