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Today's News

  • Bradley Bell scores three touchdowns in West victory over North

    LELAND—Bradley Bell—a 145-pound substitute running back—scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 67 yards and returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in leading West Brunswick to a 24-22 victory over North Brunswick in a Waccamaw Conference football game Friday night.

    West led 24-7 entering the third quarter, but North scored off a blocked punt and a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 24-22 with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left.

  • Twenty-year vested rights sought for The Pearl in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners indicate they favor granting a 20-year vested rights agreement for a future 900-acre residential development at The Pearl Golf Links.

    Commissioners’ informal comments came at the end of an Oct. 1 workshop. They also set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 to take public comments and possibly act on the requested agreement.

  • Shallotte board nixes Wildwood park site, seeks more 'central' location

    SHALLOTTE—The town board of aldermen on Tuesday approved signing a contract for a state grant for a future park, but said they will no longer pursue locating the park at Wildwood Village.

    Instead, board members said they prefer seeking a more suitable, centralized site.

    “It clearly makes sense to me to sign the contact,” alderman Walter Eccard said. “Properly positioned, the park could be a major asset into our vision plan, which is to develop the town.”

  • Want to know more about elections in Brunswick? Visit www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Next week, The Brunswick Beacon will join together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to bring residents political candidate forums for some of the most hotly contested races in Brunswick County.

    We’ll be hosting forums for the towns of Carolina Shores, Calabash, Sunset Beach and Shallotte. A story in today’s Beacon will detail the forums including dates, times, locations and format.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board recommends rezoning golf course open spaces

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week approved recommending rezoning of golf course open areas and maintenance rules for docks, piers and bulkheads.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the proposed golf-course rezonings from mainland residential to an open space district is to preserve the courses’ existing open spaces.

    “It’s fulfilling a goal on our land use plan to try and preserve that as open space,” Curtis said at the Oct. 1 public hearing.

  • Gaming rules, park property buy approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved an amendment allowing electronic gaming operations as a special use permissible on appeal to the town board of adjustment.

    Four conditions must be met, including an off-street parking requirement of one space per gaming machine and one per employee on the largest shift. The town will add a definition for electronic gaming operation, including additional, in-depth information from town administrator Gary Parker to explain this type of business.

    The town ordinance currently doesn’t address this type of use.

  • An artificial crater and a trio of planets are just a few of October's celestial highlights

    On Oct. 9, the moon will get a new crater. The crater will not come from the normal source, such as a meteor hitting the surface. This time the crater will be an artificial depression.

    The crater will be just a bit of cosmic surgery on the face of the old man in the moon, just below his chin.

    The real reason for the new crater is to answer the age-old question: “Just how much water is on the moon?” The estimated quantity of water is believed to be 32 ounces per ton of top layer soil; equating to the driest Earth desert.

  • Using small, short trees to enhance garden landscaping, water features and garden art

    You can tie the landscape together with short, squat trees. Another problem commonly encountered when designing small spots is finding a way to provide low, space-conscious structure with trees that carry the bulk of their mass below eye level.

    These trees are often important in tying together the landscape and connecting it to water features, garden art, and hardscaping. Their low visual center of gravity—typically from squat or weeping shapes­—makes this possible.

  • Danford

    Richie and Carrie Danford of Shallotte announce the birth of sons Thomas Abram and William Edward Danford. They were born on Aug. 6 at Grand Strand Medical Center.

    Thomas, born at 9:32 a.m., weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. William, born at 9:34 a.m., weighed 5 pounds and was 18 inches long.

    They are joined at home by a sister, 3-year-old Rachel Danielle.

  • Camellias--another old southern favorite blooming in a garden near you

    Early October marks the beginning of the season for an old southern garden favorite—camellia.

    It blooms in shades of red, pink and white open on large, evergreen shrubs with glossy, dark-green foliage. The flowers you’re seeing now are what the locals call “sasanquas” or just the “fall camellias.”

    Throughout the winter and into early spring, the common camellia (Camellia japonica) provides a show with blooms that are so perfect they could be computer-generated.