Local News

  • Calabash's new administrator gets a swearing-in

    CALABASH—Town commissioners welcomed new town administrator Hiram “Marzy” Marziano as he was sworn in Monday during a ceremony at town hall.

    “This is a new day dawning for our town,” said Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who conducted the swearing and signing in of Marziano, 31, on his first day of work.

    Marziano was appointed to serve as town administrator, zoning administrator, personnel officer and budget officer for the town.

  • Documents to be used in superintendent search sent to board for approval

    Hired by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education earlier this month to assist with the search for a new superintendent, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is ready to get started.

    According to information sent to board members from the NCSBA obtained by the Beacon after making a public records request Nov. 16, a representative from the NCSBA will meet with the board Thursday, Nov. 19, to gain approval of several documents that will be used in the upcoming search.

  • Tuesday wreck flips car on U.S. 17

    A car overturned on U.S. 17 South Tuesday morning following a collision at the Frontage Road intersection.

    According to a report from the Shallotte Police Department, Jessie Michael Wood, 62, of 5310 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte, driving a 2006 Ford, fell asleep at the wheel and ran a red stoplight at Frontage Road.

    Gail Lucille Mosca, 57, 605 Highlands Glen Drive, Shallotte, was driving a 2002 Toyota inside the intersection of the highway, when she was hit by Wood’s car.

    Wood’s Ford rolled over onto its side on the highway.

  • Planning board sets hearing on Dumpster regulations

    The Shallotte Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for a new Dumpster screening ordinance at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, before the monthly board of aldermen meeting.

    If approved, the new ordinance will provide much more flexibility for existing businesses to screen trash receptacles than the current ordinance, according to town planner Allen Serkin.

  • Realtor's murder suspect to be released on house arrest

    Craig Bryant, the man charged with the April 26, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has posted his $310,000 bond. He will be released from jail on house arrest.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jane Evans, Bryant posted his bond, but, at press time Tuesday, he was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center while paperwork for his house arrest was processed.

  • Work continues on Smith Avenue; contractors report jobs

    SHALLOTTE—As utility line relocation and drainage work continues on the Smith Avenue extension project, so does necessary reporting of the jobs created by the project.

    As a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the project’s contractor, S.T. Wooten Corp., is required to report jobs created, hours worked and money spent on the project to the Federal Highway Administration.

  • Commissioners OK appraisal contract for revaluation, agreement with debt setoff clearinghouse

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Ferriss Appraisal for the upcoming countywide property tax revaluations.

    “This contract is a continuation of a relationship that’s existed for over 20 years between Brunswick County and Bill Ferriss and Ferris Appraisal,” Brunswick County Tax Supervisor Tom Davis said.

    Davis said the tax department was two-and-a-half years into the process for the 2011 revaluation, which the county tax department does every four years.

  • 'Excellent turnout' in Seafood capital's namesake festival

    CALABASH—When the Calabash Merchants’ Association formed last year, their No. 1 goal was to bring a festival to Calabash.

    On Saturday, with about 7,000 people in attendance at the inaugural Calabash Seafood Festival in downtown Calabash, they accomplished their goal.

    “One of the very first things we wanted to accomplish was to bring a festival to Calabash,” Michael Abushakra, Calabash Merchants’ Association chairman, said.

    “We had an excellent turnout,” he added.

  • Bolivia man killed in single-car wreck

    A 24-year-old Bolivia man was killed Saturday night when his car struck a tree on Swain Road.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. M.L. Collier, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, William Crisco was driving his Ford passenger vehicle west on Swain Road at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

  • Oyster shell recycling program into its third year

    As a Brunswick County native from a commercial fishing family, Sabrina Varnam said it’s important she does her part to protect and enhance coastal resources.

    As the oyster shell recycling program coordinator with the Division of Marine Fisheries, she wants to ensure everyone does his or her part to protect and enhance coastal recourses—oysters being one of them.

    Oyster shell recycling, which Marine Fisheries has been facilitating since the summer of 2006, is a means to “not only protect, but to manage the resources,” she explained.