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Today's News

  • BEMC addressing energy efficiency, environmental issues

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC), the county’s electric cooperative, is investing in ways to balance the need for affordable power with protecting the environment.

    “We know what we’re supposed to do: provide safe, reliable and affordable power, and we also want to have a social conscience by learning about environmentally sound techniques,” BEMC CEO Chip Leavitt Leavitt said.

  • All-sprinkler development to break ground

    SHALLOTTE—Energy-efficient, structurally sound houses with installed sprinkler systems are the homes of the future, and local developer Brian Griffin wants to bring a community with those features to Brunswick County.

    Griffin’s Wisteria Place will be a cottage/Craftsman style community off Village Point Road in Shallotte. His company will break ground on the new development Nov. 1.

    One major difference between this planned community and others in Brunswick County is all houses will come with sprinklers installed.

  • County health department issues sanitation grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • A (smaller) sign of the times in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town planning board members say they are happy with a smaller sign that was recently installed at the new CVS drugstore.

    The lighted message sign at the town’s future drugstore, slated to open Sunday, Oct. 12, at the corner of U.S. 17 and Calabash Road, merited favorable comments at an Aug. 25 meeting of the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board.

    “It’s a comfortable sign,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as commission liaison with the planning and zoning board.

  • Novant, Habitat for Humanity dedicate county's 23rd home

    Novant Health, the nonprofit healthcare system that manages Brunswick Community Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated Brunswick County’s 23rd Habitat for Humanity home.

    Novant chose their sponsorship for a home for Chowan Simmons and her five children to celebrate the Novant Health’s 10th anniversary and Brunswick Community Hospital’s 30th anniversary.

  • Varnamtown celebrates 20th anniversary

    VARNAMTOWN—Varnamtown celebrated its 20th anniversary as an incorporated town Saturday.

    Mayor Judy Galloway said the town has accomplished a lot in its 20 years, including the building of Jesse R. Caison Park, installation of streetlights and Christmas lights, a new town hall and construction of the town boat ramp and parking.

    “None of this would have happened if we would not have incorporated,” she said.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles helped the town with its incorporation in 1988 and was invited to Saturday’s celebration.

  • Brunswick Beacon wins spelling competition

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick Beacon team correctly spelled “aficionado” and “doppelganger” to win the Brunswick Literacy Council’s Adult Spelling Bee last Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Kathryn Jacewicz and Laura Lewis won a traveling trophy and plaque at the annual spelling bee Sept. 25 at Brunswick Community College.

  • Woman upset about feral cat removal

    GRISSETTOWN—For nearly 30 years, Helen Lund had been feeding a colony of feral cats behind a building on U.S. 17.

    Using her own money, Lund would trap the cats and pay a veterinarian to have them spayed or neutered and treated for rabies before releasing them back into the wild.

    She bought medicine to treat the wild felines for assorted illnesses and eye problems.

    She erected houses for them on the feral colony site on a vacant lot behind a Dumpster.

    Sometimes, she’d take a cat or kitten home where she would tame it into a pet of her own.

  • Break-in suspect sought

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect they believe broke into several Hickmans Crossroads area homes last week.

    Lt. Sam Davis said the suspect is a tall, slender-to-medium build, white male. He is described as being in his late-20s or early-30s.

    The suspect has a tattoo of a sword or dagger on his inner left arm. He is driving a burgundy Mazda.

    Davis reminds residents to lock their doors, activate alarm systems and be aware of their property and their neighbors’ property.

  • CRIME REPORT

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering on Middleton Drive in Calabash; suspect entered victim’s locked residence and turned over items.

    •Breaking and entering, property damage and larceny of medication on Bonaparte Drive in Calabash; suspect entered victim’s residence through a back door, damaging windows.