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  • 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.

  • Turning dresses into dreams

    Between the dress, shoes, jewelry and accessories, hair, make-up and other essentials, prom costs can total hundreds of dollars—a financial burden some families cannot afford.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is offering girls in Brunswick County a chance to receive a dress, shoes and accessories for the prom free of charge.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Animal issues need to focus on 'things we can do better'



    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey told more than 20 residents they need to focus on “things we can do better” regarding animal services.

    “We’ll take your recommendations; the final decision is up the [county] board of health,” Yousey said at a revived animal services advisory committee meeting Monday night.

  • Congress, local officials sound off on State of the Union

    During his State of the Union Address on Wednesday, Jan. 27, President Barack Obama addressed the economy, saying, “The worst of the storm has passed.”

    But not everyone agrees with that assessment. Some people say it’s too early to tell, while others argue the worst of the storm is still ahead for the nation.

    Donna Silva, chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party, said, “It’s really difficult to judge,” whether the worst has passed.