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  • Shallotte pays tribute to fallen soldiers at Memorial Day Service

    The bell tolled 49 times Sunday afternoon—each chime representing a name of a fallen Brunswick County soldier.

    From World War II to the recent global war on terror, names of the fallen soldiers who once called Brunswick County home were remembered Sunday in a somber ceremony in Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens.

    The ceremony began with members of the West Brunswick High School JROTC raising the flag, followed by a traditional playing of “Taps,” and a gun salute by the Marine Corps League Honor Guard, detachment 1036 of Calabash.

  • Shallotte aldermen discussing 2009 budget

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are discussing a possible budget for fiscal year 2008-2009 that would hold the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    The proposed budget includes slightly less revenue than the current year, but still in the neighborhood of $4.1 million, while expenditures are expected to increase nearly 2 percent.

    The board met last Wednesday to discuss the proposal and was scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. May 28 for another budget session.

  • Shallotte OKs Walgreens building design

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved the designs for a Walgreens, planned for the old Jones store location. Tuesday night they gave developers directions toward improving the area’s loading dock for public safety and the parking lot for esthetics.

    The board met at its pre-agenda meeting Tuesday in the newly refurbished council chambers across from town hall and approved the planned building group design for the new store.

  • Four county players to play in state games

    The N.C. State Games showcase the best amateur athletic talent in the state, and this year that will include three baseball players from West Brunswick High School.

    Trojan catcher Josh Powell and infielders Wally and Pat Kamfolt will play for the Region 2 team.

    “You can only have three (rising senior) players from one high school on that team,” West Brunswick High School coach Mike Alderson said.

    North Brunswick catcher Dakota Irwin also is on the team.

  • Sheriff Ingram names Miller chief deputy

    A new face was among the crowd of sheriff’s deputies sworn in Friday morning by District Judge Marion Warren.

    After taking his oath of office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had a meeting with his staff to announce the new chief deputy, Charlie Miller.

    Miller, who has been serving on the Brunswick County Board of Education since being elected in 2006, previously worked for the sheriff’s office before running his own business.

    “This is my full-time job now,” he said Friday, his first day on the job.

  • Bradshaw murder suspect's criminal history spans more than 12 years

    Craig Bryant, one of two suspects charged with the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has a lengthy criminal history spanning more than 12 years in two states, including an attempted murder charge.

    Bryant, 46, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, both of 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, were arrested May 8 for their alleged roles in Bradshaw’s murder.

    Bryant has been charged with murder and Moultrie has been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy.

    Both suspects remain in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on no bond.

  • No hike suggested for county taxes

    BOLIVIA—County manager Marty Lawing recommended a $224.1 million budget to county commissioners for the upcoming fiscal year Monday night and no county tax increase was included.

    Lawing recommended the county’s ad valorem tax rate remain at 30.5 cents per $100 of property valuation.

    Property tax revenues make up 56 percent of the general fund revenue, Lawing said.

  • Memorial erected to honor Ocean Isle Beach fire victims

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—What began as a fun weekend getaway for a group of young college friends turned into a tragic weekend that changed their lives and affected an entire community.

    At about 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, a fire broke out at 1 Scotland St. and claimed the lives of seven of the 13 students who were staying at the beach house.

    Friday, the survivors of the fire, family members and friends gathered in Ocean Isle Beach for the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the remembrance of those who lost their lives nearly seven months ago.

  • Beacon hires sports editor

    Michael Paul has joined The Brunswick Beacon as its new sports editor.

    Paul has been a journalist for 23 years, getting his start in the business in 1985. Throughout his career he has worked mostly as a sports writer and sports photographer.

    “I am glad to be here and look forward to continuing the excellent sports coverage this paper has provided the community,” he said.

  • Emergency Cape Fear bridge repairs to close lanes until August

    The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will undergo emergency repairs throughout the summer, causing daily lane closures and traffic delays.

    The majority of the work will be completed during the evening, when all lanes of the bridge will be closed, North Carolina Department of Transportation division engineer Allen Pope said.

    But daytime lane closures will also be needed to facilitate repairs, he added.