Local News

  • Attorneys’ opinions differ on charging for public records

    Some members of the Brunswick County Board of Education think the district should charge for public records requests that consume staff hours and resources to furnish, but the board has yet to set any costs.

    The board tabled the discussion earlier this month and decided to have Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, call other school districts and ask how much they charge for excessive requests.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said the board began discussing a charge when a request for six months of information was made.

  • Holden Beach Tree Lighting

    The Holden Beach Choir sings at the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Holden Beach on Thursday night. The evening included the annual tree lighting by Mayor Alan Holden, singing by the choir and visits with Santa for the children who attended.

  • Fresh trees for Christmas decorating: Fraser fir most popular choice

    Looking for a “real” Christmas tree to liven up the holiday season?

    Fraser firs, many of which are grown in western North Carolina, seem to be the most popular, according to experts.

    At Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot in Shallotte, managers say 5-6-feet-tall Fraser firs are far and away the most sought-after type of Christmas tree. Home Depot also has Douglas firs. Many other local businesses, including several roadside stands, have live Christmas trees for sale in Brunswick County.

  • Bankrupt developers ask to be relieved from driveway construction

    The real estate development company responsible for construction of The Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of N.C. 179 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, has declared bankruptcy. Representatives have asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that was included in the original bond.

  • Uniquely Brunswick County Photo Contest winners

    The Brunswick Beacon has chosen winners of the 2009 Uniquely Brunswick County Photo Contest. Winning photos will be published on the front of the Tidelines section in the next several issues.

    Winning photos may also be viewed online at www.brunswickbeacon.com; the main photo slideshow will be at the bottom of the homepage.

    The winners in the adult division are: Anne-Marie Rourk, first place; Frederick Schwartz, second place; Sam Smith, third place.

    Teen division winners: Elijah Jackson, first place; Alan Beauvais, second place; Austin Somers, third place.

  • More legal action filed in response to parasailing incident

    Those involved in an Aug. 28 parasailing incident that killed two women visiting Ocean Isle Beach continue to file motions and lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

    On Nov. 30, Ocean Isle Beach Water Sports Inc. and N.C. Watersports Inc. filed a third party complaint against Custom Chutes Inc. and Yale Cordage Inc., stating if the water sport companies are found liable in the death of Cynthia Diane Collins Woodcock, those companies are also liable because the parasail towline failed to hold the passengers during a wind gust.

  • Planning board recommends OK of First Bank preliminary plat

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of a preliminary plat for a 103-acre tract at the corner of Whiteville Road and the private drive for Lowe’s Home Improvement/Planet Fun.

    The property is zoned highway business and is intended for use as a new location for First Bank, according to information provided to the board.

    Property owners John and Betty Ward made the request, represented by Chris Stanley of East Coast Engineering and Surveying at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

  • Commissioners gearing up for 2010 Census

    BOLIVIA—With the 2010 U.S. Census just around the corner, Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to establish a Complete Count Committee to ensure Brunswick County’s census data is accurate.

    County manager Marty Lawing said county officials have been meeting with regional Census officials “to try to improve the response.”

    During the last census in 2000, Brunswick County had a response rate of 47 percent, which was less than the national average of 67 percent and less than the statewide average of 64 percent.

  • Shallotte man arrested for drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking

    A Shallotte man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug charges, including trafficking opium or heroin.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested 49-year-old Eddie Thomas Shoe, of 1329 Bricklanding Road, on Dec. 1 after serving a search warrant at Shoe’s home.

    Drug agents seized more than $1,800, five firearms, a Ford F-150 truck and 55 prescription pills, including Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Suboxone, Lanier said.

  • Tough times: Dealing grief, loss during the holidays

    The reason most people love the holiday season can be the cause of grief and depression for those who have lost loved ones or are struggling with depression during the season.

    Jean Roney, bereavement counselor with Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, said help is available for those struggling with grief and depression during the holidays.