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  • Touch a Life Learning Center opens this month

    Adult learners looking for a quiet, non-intimidating place to study can now go to the Touch a Life Learning Center at the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    Set to formally open next week, the Learning Center is designed to be a place for adult students and teachers to use for studying, tutoring and learning, Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, Literacy Council board president, said.

    “Everybody’s welcome to learn at the center,” Wong-Chong said.

  • The Wilmington 10

    Connie Tindall was the leading defensive tackle in 4A football in the state of North Carolina. Willie Vereen was an aspiring musician headed for stardom.

    The dreams of these men and eight of their peers came to an abrupt halt in the early 1970s when they were incarcerated for a crime they didn’t commit.

    Tindall and Vereen shared the story of The Wilmington 10 last week with the Cedar Grove Basketball Poets, who in turn helped raise money for their newly formed social justice foundation.

  • ELECTION FILINGS: No one files yet for board of education

    Two seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education are open, and as of press time Tuesday, no one had filed for either position.

    Scott Milligan, vice-chairman of the board, and Charlie Miller are both up for re-election this year. Neither has made a public announcement regarding their intentions.

    Milligan was elected to the board in 2004 and served as chairman from 2006-2007. He currently serves as chairman of the finance committee.

  • Holden Beach says canal lots need bulkheads

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance requiring bulkheads on canal lots, during the board’s regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

    The requirement will apply to interior canal lots in the three subdivisions—Holden Beach Harbor, Heritage Harbor and Harbor Acres. The ordinance does not apply to lots on the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Agricultural rezoning sent back in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—Town council denied rezoning a remaining agricultural district on the western mainland Monday after property owners expressed opposition.

    The town staff and planning board have recommended rezoning 35 acres, consisting of about 23 parcels, in the Schuyler Avenue and Peakwood Drive area, from agricultural forestry (AF-1) to mainland residential (MR-1).

    The tract is off N.C. 179 along the Intracoastal Waterway, with individually owned lots ranging in size from 1.5 to 7 acres.

  • Shallotte aldermen to discuss ways to implement vision plan at upcoming retreat

    Shallotte aldermen will meet in a daylong planning session at 8 a.m. March 10 in the town meeting chambers. How to bring the town’s vision plan to fruition will be one of the main topics of discussion.

    At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the board discussed possible changes to town ordinances and procedures that may be needed to facilitate the 10-year plan the board adopted in 2008.

  • Coastal Stadium goes digital; 4K technology becoming standard

    The movie-going experience in Shallotte has changed quite a bit since the days of traveling tent shows and the drive-in theater, but the technology of projecting film onto the screen hadn’t changed much over the years—until now.

    Last week, Coastal Stadium in Shallotte officially made the switch from 35 mm film to all-digital projection. Engineers installed Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems technology into the 10-screen theater, providing high-definition viewing for regular and 3-D movies.

  • Cooper sues sheriff's office, sheriff Ingram and former sheriff Hewett

    George Cooper, the Leland man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies in May 2007, has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff John Ingram and former sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court, claims sheriff’s deputies violated Cooper’s fourth amendment rights, “to be free from an unreasonable seizure of his person, and excessive use of force.”

  • Flood watch in effect through 9 p.m. Friday

     It's going to be a wet, windy Friday.

    Rain is expected to begin on Friday and throughout the day, as much as 2 inches of rain may fall. That means there is potential for coastal flooding.

    The National Weather Service has indicated flood potential exists in low-lying areas that are adjacent to the ocean and areas around marshes and sounds. Some flooding could occur as the Intracoastal Waterway and inland rivers are influenced by the tide Friday.

    Many rivers in the area could be at flood stage following the rain.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    Burr said the worst of the economic storm was not over for North Carolinians or Americans.