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  • Target, Chick-fil-A, TJ Maxx eye Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—McDonald's and Food Lion have plans to build in Supply, but they aren't the only ones with their eye on Brunswick County.

    Target, TJ Maxx and Chick-fil-A have all expressed an interest in coming to town.

  • Chairman directs county manager to construct a less-than-revenue-neutral-budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue has raised the bar.

    For months, speculation has been rampant about the upcoming fiscal year’s tax rate. The popular assumption, even among all five county commissioners, has been county commissioners would elect to impose a revenue-neutral tax rate to offset the $9.5 billion plummet in value from this year’s countywide revaluation.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre's 'Doubt' opens this weekend

    Brunswick Little Theatre's production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Doubt” opens this weekend at Playhouse 211.

    Shanley adapted his stage version for the big screen in 2008, when he wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of “Doubt.” The stage version differs from the movie, and has only four characters.

  • Calabash advised to release closed-session minutes

    CALABASH—Town attorney Mark Lewis has recommended the town release March 8 closed-session meeting minutes having to do with property acquisition.

    In a March 22 letter to town clerk Kelley Southward, Lewis wrote town commissioners on that date “inadvertently became involved in a brief discussion of a matter more appropriately delineated for closed discussion.” He cited North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)(5) having to do with property acquisition.

  • Firefighters on standby after woods fire

    CAROLINA SHORES—A woods fire is mostly extinguished after it broke out Wednesday in South Carolina and spread across the state line into North Carolina.

    The fire came close to some homes in the Carolina Shores North community, where a number of area fire departments and emergency crews converged Wednesday afternoon.

    Thursday morning, Calabash fire personnel were still on standby at the scene.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork that was just as a precautionary measure, as smoke curled from a small blaze near a house on Boundaryline Drive.

  • Crews battle blazes in southwestern Brunswick County

    Area firefighters battled a woods fire that spread from South Carolina into North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, endangering homes in the Carolina Shores North community.

    Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Sunset Beach firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene in the residential community.

    Because of windy conditions, the fire spread quickly but was fully contained in about two and a half hours.

    The call went through at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Social services board appoints new permanent director

    BOLIVIA—Operating without a permanent director since last August, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services now has a full-time director.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, March 22, DSS board members unanimously approved appointing Patricia Connelly as DSS director.

    Connelly will begin Monday, April 11.

    In a press release from commissioner Charles Warren, who serves as DSS chairman, he described Connelly as having “extensive experience as a leader in social services in both New York and California.”

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government charts



    Town of Ocean Isle Beach mayor/commissioner salaries and benefits

    •Salaries reflect 12 months

    •Travel/Training expenses are from July 1, 2010-March 1, 2011

    •All salary numbers include 7.65% FICA contributions

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans


  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government


    In honor of Sunshine Week, the Beacon is running a month long investigation into the “true cost” of government. Last week we brought you information about the county, this week we will take a look at expenses in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    In celebration of freedom of information and the public’s right to know, the Beacon requested extensive information from each of the three municipalities.

  • Beacon to launch TV newscast on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will soon be on air.

    “Brunswick Beat,” a 15-minute news program highlighting news and events from each week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon, will premier at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on ATMC-TV Channel 3.