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Today's News

  • Hey, y'all: Paula Deen sizzles, Southern style, during Brunswick stop

    SUPPLY—Paula Deen breezed into Brunswick County this past Saturday, charming locals and out-of-towners as the Georgia-born cooking star took part in a scholarship fundraiser for Brunswick Community College.

    “Hello, y’all,” the Food Network star greeted upon entering a $500-per-person VIP luncheon in the Virginia Williamson Event Center of Odell Williamson Auditorium, attended by a limited guest group of 60.

  • ELECTION 2011: Two for mayor, four for council in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two contenders are vying for mayor, while four people are running for two available town council seats in this year’s Nov. 8 municipal elections.

    Richard Cerrato and Clinton Dunlop are running for mayor, with current Mayor Ronald Klein not seeking re-election this year.

    This is the third time for Cerrato to seek office in Sunset Beach town government.

    A frequent speaker during public comment time at town meetings, Cerrato continues to question town salaries and spending for the future town park.

  • Stirring up a hot (winning) stew

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Promptly at noon Sunday, festival-goers stood in judgment as they lined up to sample eight creative concoctions at the annual oyster stew cook-off at the North Carolina Oyster Festival.

    Set up beneath a tent were eight competing restaurants and chefs stirring up their respective stews. The competition was hot—and possibly spicy, with a variety of ingredients complementing one shared, central component at the annual festival—delectable oysters.

  • Thefts investigated in Sunset Beach

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following reported incidents involving larceny.

    •On Oct. 15, larceny of Adderall pills was reported from a house on Elderberry Lane.

    •On Oct. 14, larceny of a boat and 25-horsepower motor and trailer was reported. An unknown person went to a residence on Marlin Street, hooked up a boat and trailer and pulled it away.

    •On Oct. 11, someone drove off without paying for $25 worth of gas at Market Express.

  • Mixing it up at lunch enables strangers not to be so strange

    Moseying toward the entrance of Cedar Grove Middle School on Tuesday, for me it was deja vu, new-girl-goes-to-school all over again.

    Since the school was launched just two years ago, I had not yet had an opportunity to visit the mighty Bulldogs.

    Would the kids like me? The teachers? Was I dressed OK?

    Oh, I know I was just there to take pictures for the Beacon and, seriously, I’m a full-fledged adult now.

  • ELECTION 2011: Races under way in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners Walter Goodenough and Tom Puls are vying for mayor, while Bill Brennan, former town commissioner Gere Dale and incumbents Joseph Przywara and John Russo are contenders for three Carolina Shores board seats.

    One of those is Puls’ expiring four-year town commission seat he is vacating in Carolina Shores.

    If he’s elected mayor, Goodenough will leave an unexpired term on the board of commissioners that will need to be filled by the board. If Goodenough is not elected, he will retain his seat on the board.

  • ELECTION 2011: One mayoral candidate, five vie for three board seats in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Mary Knight is unopposed in her bid for mayor, while three candidates are vying for two available seats and two candidates are vying for an unexpired term on the Calabash Board of Commissioners.

    MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    Knight is seeking a two-year term as mayor to replace current Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who is not seeking re-election.

    Knight, who was first elected to the town board as a write-in candidate in 2009, says there will be “open communication” at town hall if she’s elected mayor.

  • Brunswick towns among $138 million in Powell Bill funds distributed across state

    The N.C. Department of Transportation will distribute more than $138.3 million in State Street Aid, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, to 502 municipalities across the state.

    The first half of the payments, about $69.2 million was sent out last week. The other half will be distributed Jan. 1, 2012, as directed by the General Assembly, according to N.C. DOT officials.

    Several Brunswick County towns are on the list.

  • Town Creek principal named best for the year

    Town Creek Elementary School principal Helen Davis has been named the Brunswick County Principal of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.

    Across the country October is recognized as National Principals Month, and in Brunswick County. Davis has been honored as this year’s recipient. Her name will be forwarded on to the national competition, Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said.

  • Operation Stop Arm targets violations in school zones

    Passing a stopped school bus in North Carolina is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    It will also earn a driver five points on his or her driver’s license and a fine.

    But drivers continue to pass stopped buses, endangering lives of the children on and around the school bus.

    This week, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has launched Operation Stop Arm to enforce stop-arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue announced.