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Today's News

  • Officials release revised draft of county's comprehensive traffic plan

    BOLIVIA—Wondering what Brunswick County’s roadways will look like in the next 25-30 years?

    Will the roads be able to handle the growth and the traffic if the county continues to grow as projected?

    These concerns and others have been factored into the county’s long-range comprehensive traffic plan, which spans until the year 2035.

    The first draft of the plan was released to the public and local officials last November, and the revised plan was released at a “drop-in” meeting Tuesday afternoon at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners, sheriff compromise on grant-funded positions

    BOLIVIA—John Ingram means business.

    In the less than two months since being appointed Brunswick County Sheriff, he has implemented new programs, negotiated the department’s budget, restructured the sheriff’s office staff and sought out grant funding for new positions.

    The sheriff’s office has qualified for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Grant, which totals $341,700.

    The grnat requires a $60,300 local match to provide four deputies and the necessary equipment and training.

  • County planning department, local merchants mull causeway improvement plan

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday gave planning director Leslie Bell the green light to move forward with a preliminary study of the future of the Holden Beach Causeway.

    The causeway, a predominantly commercial stretch, spans from the intersection of Sabbath Home Road to the foot of the bridge. Bell said the project would be a fact or data gathering project to solicit input from local merchants on the future of the causeway, including questionnaires and public input meetings.

  • Eisenman joins Beacon staff as intern

    Andrew Eisenman has joined The Brunswick Beacon as its summer intern.

    Eisenman, 21, is a senior magazine journalism major in the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is an editor of Backdrop Magazine, Ohio University’s only entirely student-run print magazine, which he helped found in 2007.

    “It didn’t make sense,” Eisenman said. “[Ohio University] had a magazine journalism major, but no student magazine. So we started our own.”

  • KFC to open this week in Shallotte

    The new KFC on Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte will open this week, said Thomas A. Broome, president of Scottish Food Systems.

    “After months of anticipation, we are excited to open this new restaurant and look forward to serving the Shallotte community,” Broome stated.

    A grand opening and ribbon cutting with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is planned for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    The KFC supervisor is Teresa Mills, and the general manager is Brenda McClanahan.

  • Calabash VFW Chaplain to migrate back to northern home

    While many move to the Carolinas to escape northern winters, Calabash VFW Post 7288 chaplain Ed Wood is trying it the other way around—he’s heading north.

    A founding member of the post in 1985, Wood has served as chaplain for 10 of those years as well as a past commander.

  • Calabash board studies sewer payback plan options

    CALABASH—Very preliminary sewer assessment payback options were outlined Tuesday night by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    Proposed options, which have not been adopted by the town or Brunswick County, would consist of a three-year plan, a six-year plan at 2.8 percent or a 10-year plan at 2.25 percent interest.

    “These are sewer charges are incentives to pay back the money in the first year,” Clemmons said.

  • Annexation moratorium could affect Calabash efforts

    CALABASH—If a statewide involuntary annexation moratorium is approved, it could stop pending annexation in Calabash.

    “Our attempts for involuntary annexation would come to a halt,” Calabash town administrator Vincent Long said of the moratorium approved by the state house and pending in the state senate.

    “It’s a looming issue, but we’re still moving forward,” Long said this week.

    Long was referring to an effort launched by town commissioners June 10 to pursue involuntary annexation of 174.4 acres along Beach Drive.

  • Carolina Shores opens new 2,200 square foot town hall annex

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town leaders and certain employees have started moving into the new town hall addition that has just been completed.

    The 2,200-square-foot structure is to provide additional office space for a town staff that was starting to outgrow the original brick town hall building built almost a decade ago on Persimmon Road.

    The new, connecting annex will provide sorely needed space for 11 new offices for town administration and finance departments, as well as three restrooms and a reception area.

  • Wily coyote possibly on loose in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Residents in the Village at Calabash are being warned about a possible coyote on the loose in their neighborhood.

    Bill Brennan, Village at Calash POA president, said recent incidents, including the killing of a duck this past Sunday night, are being attributed to a coyote.

    A resident recently photographed an animal roaming the community after dark that is believed to be a coyote.

    Brennan said a former animal control officer who lives in the neighborhood identified the mystery animal as a coyote.