Local News

  • Calabash residents tell town to flush sewer service



    CALABASH—For the second month in a row, residents of two subdivisions in the seafood capital turned out Tuesday night to protest county sewer service.

    The $7 million project is too expensive for property owners, they said, and they never wanted it in the first place. They also charge the town never gave residents a chance to vote on the issue.

  • The price of politics

    In his unprecedented and historic bid for the White House, president-elect Barack Obama outspent his opponent Sen. John McCain nearly 2-to-1.

    Obama raised $639.2 million, the most money raised by any candidate in the history of American politics. McCain raised $335.3 million—about half of what Obama raised.

    Since the primaries, presidential candidates have raised $1.5 billion to fund their campaigns, which has changed the face of politics in America.

  • Sheriff’s office, municipal police departments team up in new task force

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with local police departments to form The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force.

    The newly formed task force had its first meeting last Friday. Its goal is curbing property and other crimes through increased information and resource sharing between departments.

    Investigators from municipal police departments will work with sheriff’s deputies in the task force, which divides the county into three sections.

  • Volunteers honored for service

    BOLIVIA—Volunteering is more than one hour here and another hour there. It’s a full-time occupation.

    That’s how Jayne Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, described the dedication of volunteers who were honored Monday afternoon for their service to the county.

  • Eagle Scout project focuses on cleaning up cigarette butts

    Ocean Isle Beach resident Joshua Cappa is helping make his community a cleaner and healthier place for people and animals.

    While working toward his Eagle Scout rank, Cappa is performing a service project that must benefit the community.

    “I determined that making people aware of the damage cigarette butts have would have a lasting impact on our environment,” he said.

  • 11 schools fail to meet AYP

    Eleven of 17 Brunswick County Schools failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as shown by the 2007-2008 performance results released last week by the North Carolina Department of Education.

    Brunswick County Academy, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle, Supply Elementary, Union Elementary, Waccamaw and West Brunswick High did not make AYP.

  • County revisits dangerous dog ordinance



    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is taking another look at its dangerous dog ordinance.

  • Third annual ‘Senior Follies’ deemed a success

    Singers, dancers, comedians and other talents may have been the headliners of last weekend’s “Senior Follies,” but it’s the Randolph family who will benefit from the third annual event.

    About 1,400 people attended Habitat’s two-day, two-act production—proceeds from which will help fund the Randolphs’ new Habitat home.

  • Local businesswomen win awards at competition

    Business growth program, Make Mine A Million $ Business, has selected Carrie D. Partello of East Coast Moving LLC and Elizabeth Casazza of AquaVida USA LLC as two of the 10 awardees from the Charlotte event on Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel.

    Partello was featured in a previous edition of The Beacon.

  • Business briefs

    Ron and Adrienne Watts, owners of Sunset Properties, have announced Steve Sharman has joined the company as general manager of its Ocean Isle Beach rental operations.

    Sharman, with over 25 years experience in both commercial and vacation rental property management, recently served as property manager at Ocean Isle Beach Realty and was a property manager at Prudential Resort Realty at the Outer Banks for five years prior to that. He is a graduate of Georgia State University.