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  • Parks and recreation master plan under way, public input meeting set

    Plans for the future of Brunswick County’s parks and other recreation facilities are under way, and the parks and recreation department is seeking public input on what those facilities should include.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, recently solicited Nashville-based Lose and Associates to complete a comprehensive master plan for the county’s parks and recreation facilities.

    “It is a long-range planning document, and it’s really our working blueprint of the future system,” Pryor explained.

  • Family members, friends remember victims lost to crimes

    LELAND—As 114 names were somberly read aloud, those left behind came forward to light a candle in memory of their loved ones lost to murder, drunk driving or domestic violence.

    More than 320 people attended the 13th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service Honoring Victims of Crime, hosted by victims’ advocacy group Justice for Citizens at the First Baptist Church in Leland on Friday evening.

  • CPS investigators see the value of foster parents

    As a child protective services investigator for the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, Sarah Lesley understands the need for good foster parents.

    They provide an invaluable resource to children in abuse and neglect situations—a safe place.

    Lesley said she’d like to see more people become foster parents so the department is not always relying on the same families.

  • New simulator brings virtual training to emergency personnel

    BOLIVIA—As a container is being loaded off a ship at a port, it explodes. Billowing black smoke fills the air and emergency responders converge on the scene. Once they arrive, it’s time to get to work—assess the situation and put out the flames.

    Then there’s a second explosion.

    To practice this scenario in the real world would be difficult, if not impossible, but with a new training simulator recently acquired by Brunswick County Emergency Services, it’s a reality—a virtual reality.

  • Sunset Beach pursuing bridge-related improvements

    SUNSET BEACH—An island streetscape plan and bicycle paths are among items on two town agendas this week as leaders scrutinize future improvements to tie in with the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    At a specially called meeting Wednesday, town council continued taking a closer look at a proposed streetscape plan along Sunset Boulevard on the island.

    Preliminary drawings show meandering sidewalks and landscaping of trees, shrubbery and grasses designed to serve as visual enhancements on both sides of the boulevard right-of-way between the bridge and beach.

  • Christmas flotilla set for Saturday after Thanksgiving

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The spirit of the season can soon be seen floating down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The 5th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla will take place Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The entry fee is $20 and open to all participants. Judging will be split into two categories: a 16 foot and under class and 17 foot and over. Prizes donated from local vendors will be awarded to different boats.

  • Super Saturday kicks off holiday season in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association is gearing up for the holiday season with its annual Super Saturday, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina with the annual Property Owners Association meeting. A report of the past year’s activities as well as plans for the next year will be discussed.

    Reports from Mayor Debbie Smith, along with reports from the police and fire departments will be given. Board members will be voted on and elected at this time.

  • N.C. 179 closing Monday at Jenny’s Branch

     At 9 a.m. Monday, N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte will be closed to traffic for the next six months as the North Carolina Department Of Transportation begins bridge replacement work at Jenny’s Branch.

    Traffic will be diverted to a detour on Hale Swamp Road, according to the NCDOT office in Wilmington.

    Signs will be posted to direct motorists to the alternate route.

  • Taste of Home Cooking School Saturday

    The Brunswick Beacon is sponsoring its third Taste of Home Cooking School on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Odell Williamson Auditorium event facility room, and tickets are on sale now.

    The event will open to the public at 10 a.m. Vendor booths will be available displaying their products and company information. Vendor booths close at noon.

    A cooking show will begin at 1 p.m. with chef Michelle Roberts, culinary specialist for A Taste of Home.

  • New traffic lanes

    STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

    New traffic lanes

    As work continues on the new $32 million high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge in Sunset Beach, new two-way lanes have opened to traffic along the island causeway leading to and from the pontoon bridge. The specially built lanes were erected over the marsh so workers can continue with work on the old causeway road to the west, which has been closed to traffic.