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Today's News

  • Resident questions legalities of Carolina Shores entry road

    CAROLINA SHORES—A citizen has questioned who is monitoring a residential entry road in front of the clubhouse at Carolina Shores Golf Course.

    Patricia Fontana, speaking at a Sept. 6 town commissioners workshop, said she almost hit two elderly people in a golf cart recently as she was exiting Carolina Shores Drive onto Country Club Drive in front of the clubhouse.

    “There needs to be a sign indicating which is which way, because the rules of the road no longer exist,” she said.

  • My Buddy: Mascot cat draws attention in Calabash

    CALABASH—Wherever Mary Keefe goes, Buddy the cat often goes. If he feels like it.

    It’s been this way for the past eight-and-a-half years, when Keefe, owner of the Yardbird Emporium in the Low Country Stores complex, helped rescue Buddy and his two kitten siblings from under the store’s porch at 10138 Beach Drive.

    Mary took Mini, one of Buddy’s sisters, home to live with her. The proprietor of the former Martelle’s Flag Store took the other feline sister, Miss Kitty.

  • Do you bamboo? Calabash shop showcases bamboo items

    CALABASH—As far as Dean Moore is concerned, his Bamboo Boutique is fabulously unique.

    The proprietor of the newly opened business in the Low Country Stores complex lets passersby know it, too.

    “Have you seen the bamboo clothing?” he asks potential customers walking by on the wooden porch connecting the stores.

    “The bamboo WHAT?” they often reply.

  • Calabash commissioners address penalties for Devaun Park clear-cutting

    CALABASH—Following much debate, including statements from both alienated developers, town commissioners have approved enforcing a town ordinance, coupled with legal adjudication, addressing clear-cutting violations in Devaun Park.

    The town board of commissioners, with one absence, unanimously approved the motion at Tuesday night’s monthly board meeting. Town commissioner Forrest King was absent.

  • Judge attacks chief deputy’s claims in traffic court saga

    Though administrative traffic court has resumed in Brunswick County, the battle over the program continues in the state Supreme Court in Raleigh.

    Justices with the state’s highest court have agreed to hear the matter Oct. 18.

    The matter to be heard is whether Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly acted within the scope of the law when he issued an administrative order on April 15, which halted the administrative traffic court program implemented by then-recently elected District Attorney Jon David.

  • Correction: Free dump week at Brunswick County landfill

    Incorrect information about free dump week at the county landfill ran in last week’s Beacon.

    The information should have stated Brunswick County residents may bring items, except for household trash, land-clearing debris and new construction debris, to the landfill in Bolivia free of charge. 

    Commercial vehicles will be charged normal tipping fees. Please be prepared to show proof of residency. For more information contact Kimberley Thompson at (910) 253-2524.

    Free dump week is Sept. 12-17.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •David Ray Johnson, 53, of 2041 Waterloo St. SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with nine counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500,000 secured bond.

  • Brown recognized by county, state for mosquito-control program work

    Jeff Brown, a project coordinator with the county’s mosquito-control program, was recently honored by the North Carolina Association of Counties and by Brunswick County Commissioners.

    At their Sept. 6 meeting, commissioners adopted a resolution honoring Brown, who has worked with Brunswick County Operations Services Department since 2003.

  • Your regularly scheduled hyper-opinionated columnist will return in two weeks

    It’s not often I find myself at a loss for words. Just ask my co-workers, friends, family—just about anyone who knows me.

    So, as I sit here the morning of Monday, Sept. 12, in a feeble attempt to pen this column, I find myself in a strange state, at a loss for words. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of column fodder circulating around these days. It just doesn’t seem to matter like it usually does.

  • Brunswick County Schools to review procedures after bus incident

    Brunswick County Schools officials are reviewing procedures after a kindergarten student boarded the wrong bus and was later dropped off at a bus stop near her parent’s work.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said on Monday, Sept. 12, the kindergartner boarded the wrong bus at Town Creek Elementary School, and later got off the bus at a stop near where he parent works.