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  • Convicted sex offender eligible for parole

    A Brunswick County man sentenced to life in prison in 1988 for first-degree sex offense is eligible for parole in 2013, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    According to the commission, David A. Bullard, 59, will be eligible for parole March 17, 2013, through the commission’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • McIntyre, VA official to visit Brunswick County next week

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., will be in Brunswick County next week, joined by VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Schoenhard.

    The visit, McIntyre said, is for McIntyre and Schoenhard to tour Brunswick Community Hospital—a site McIntyre supports converting to a future VA facility once Novant Health moves into the new hospital, slated for summer 2011.

  • General Assembly to decide whether to lift ban on terminal groins

    Previously not allowed in North Carolina, the General Assembly will decide if it will make an exception to the hardened structures ban and allow the construction of terminal groins along the coastline.

    Or elected members may decide to keep the current ban in place.

    The General Assembly enacted Session Law 2009-479 in August, which instructed the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and advisability of terminal groins as erosion control devices and report back its findings by April 1.

  • Carolina Shores sets meetings next week; new Web site

    STAFF REPORT

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have two special meetings next Monday.

    The board also has changed its regular meeting day from Thursday to next Wednesday for April.

    Monday’s first meeting is a specially called one to inform residents about stormwater and paving information gathered at the board’s annual retreat March 9. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, at the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Sewage leak cleaned fixed in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—A sewer leak that occurred Friday night at a local condominium complex has been cleaned up and fixed.

    Leakage from manholes was reported shortly after 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sunset Village condominiums near Sandpiper Bay.

    “We had an overflowing situation and were able to catch it,” Sunset Village POA president Bob Taylor said.

  • Preliminary plans unveiled for second fire station in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—Initial design for a second fire station was outlined at a specially called town council meeting March 26.

    Preliminary details for the future 7,297-square-foot station on Old Georgetown Road were presented by architect Scott Garner and engineer Michael Norton.

    The town has been awarded a $1,494,103 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to build the station on a 1.6-acre site behind the Sunset Commons center. The town paid $275,000 for the property.

  • Sunset Beach meetings, Good Friday closing set at town hall

    STAFF REPORT

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board will meet in regular session 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, to discuss proposed open-space requirements in residential zones.

    At a March 18 work session, the board reviewed a possible ordinance provision to allow developers to present plans to the board for approval if there is a unique or special circumstance. Examples of that would be wetlands, large stormwater facilities and buffers.

  • Twenty-six-year fugitive has Brunswick County ties

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    A fugitive from justice arrested in Wilmington last week on identity-theft charges provided authorities with a Calabash address.

    However, a manager at the address said this week the man didn’t live there, while a manager at a Little River, S.C., marina confirmed he had lived on a boat there.

  • Pre-season bookings already improving over last year

    Vacation rental agencies say they are cautiously optimistic about a good rental season this summer, thanks to an increase in pre-season bookings over last year.

    Many say they are also putting together package deals and other promotions to draw budget-conscious visitors who still want to spend time at the beach.

    Bonnie Cox of Brunswickland Realty on Holden Beach said she noticed a slight increase in summer bookings beginning in January. By March, the numbers were up a good 20 percent over the previous year.

  • Update: Utilities commission OKs county takeover of Brick Landing sewer system.

    Correction: A story in last week’s Beacon incorrectly identified the bond as $250,000. It is a $50,000 bond.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.