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Today's News

  • Construction begins on new shopping center

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Construction has begun on The Landing at Ocean Isle Beach Shopping Center, a project three and a half years in the making.

    Ground broke Thursday as Crescent Retail announced the start of construction on The Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of N.C. 179 and Ocean Isle Beach Road.

  • San Rio's Phase II requests pulled

    SHALLOTTE—A week after being accused of poor sediment and erosion control practices on their vacant land, developers of San Rio Ocean and River Club have withdrawn petitions to annex 78 acres for Phase II of the project.

    Wakefield Coastal’s Senior Vice President Jim Wiseman withdrew the requests, which had been pending for the past two months, during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.

  • Shallotte Point residents appeal judge's dismissal

    The Shallotte Point residents who sued the town over a rezoning in their neighborhood have appealed a judge’s recent dismissal of the suit, hoping the state court of appeals will reverse the decision.

    Husband and wife Chris Musi and Pam Sabalos, who live on Riverbend Drive, filed suit last year against the Town of Shallotte, claiming the town’s rezoning of land on the street for the proposed Holden’s Landing condominium project was “arbitrary” and amounted to illegal “spot zoning.”

  • Shallotte schedules hearing on vision plan, approves annexations

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have set a public hearing and presentation on the town’s vision plan for the pre-agenda meeting Aug. 26.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, the board of aldermen agreed to hear from consulting planner Allison Platt at the 5:15 p.m. pre-agenda meeting. Platt will give a final presentation on the 10-year vision plan and answer questions from the board and the public.

    At the regular board meeting the following week, aldermen will consider voting on the plan, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.

  • Officials pinpoint area for second fire station

    SUNSET BEACH—Town officials on Monday outlined the geographical feasibility of locating a second fire station in the vicinity of N.C. 904, south of Georgetown Road.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said that’s also the location recommended by an N.C. Insurance Commission representative, who has been working with town fire chief Chris Barbee on a prospective fire station.

  • A sudden jolt of electricity leaves me wondering how tough I am

    I learned this week I am not as cool as I once thought I was.

    I always thought of my self as tough—I’ve swum countless miles for countless hours, ran stadiums until my feet bled and tore my MCL after a mishap on a slippery pool deck.

    Year after year of swim practice, cross-country practice and just about every other sport’s practice, I assumed that made me tough.

  • Sitting 'criss-cross applesauce' wishing for Oreos

    Last week the Beacon’s education reporter returned from covering one of her stories and was talking about some of students. She described them as sitting “criss-cross applesauce.”

    Say what?

    While I thought this must mean they were sitting in a criss-cross pattern in giants bowls of applesauce, she explained this was the new way to describe sitting “cross-legged” or what we used to call “Indian style.”

  • True happiness is not found in materialism

    In today’s fast-paced world there is an over- emphasis on material possessions. A desire to keep up with Joneses is a national obsession for many men, women, boys and girls.

    Some people are convinced their neighbors and friends are blessed with an abundance of material possessions and they desire to possess the same level of materialism. They fail to realize some people are in debt and have no idea how they will maintain a pseudo delusion of wealth acquired by high interest credit cards.

  • FBI motto: Fidelity, bravery and integrity, begin early

    As I trudged up the dirt driveway after school toward our little house, I spotted a strange car parked near the front door. What happened inside during the next hour set the stage for a dramatic change early in my 11-year-old life.

    It was 1949 in Arcadia, Calif., and Mom and Dad did not have much money to raise us three growing boys. Dad had trouble with arthritis in his right shoulder. That was a real hardship for a house painter.

  • Suggestions for our TV listings

    Here at the Beacon, we’re constantly evaluating what we’re doing and how well we’re doing it.

    In the past year, we’ve made a number of content and design changes to better serve our customers. As we continue to grow and develop, we’re always looking for feedback from our readers.

    This week, I ask you to take a look at the two pages of television listings that appear on 5C and 6C. The pages feature a sampling of televisions channels offered by local cable companies, as well as broadcast channels.