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Today's News

  • Tax liens, second bankruptcy pending for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    Liens are pending against Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club for nonpayment of property taxes totaling $22,542.57.

    Brunswick County tax administrator Tom Davis said last week the golf course also is in bankruptcy.

    “We’ll file a claim with bankruptcy court,” Davis said of pending tax liens for the unpaid balance on approximately 14 property parcels. “We stand in line with everybody else.”

    Davis said the county tax office couldn’t force payment when someone goes into bankruptcy.

  • Carolina Shores OKs injunction, fines against Internet sweepstakes business

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners last week approved an injunction and fines against an Internet sweepstakes business they say is continuing to operate in violation of town ordinances.

    Commissioners voted Aug. 4 to direct town attorney Holt Moore to proceed with an injunction against Cyber Connect, 10200 U.S. 17. They also approved having town building inspector Chuck Riggins impose fines against the business.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale deemed the situation an “ongoing fight for the last several months.”

  • Current, former, would-be mayors wear many hats, faces, definitions

    May-or: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town or borough—Webster’s definition

    Mayor: (1.) a person who is very popular, as in “Dude! The girls are all over you. When did you become the mayor?”

    (2.) a male cheerleader, as in “Haha! Look at the Mayor! What a dork!”

    —Urban Dictionary definitions

    No matter how you slice or dice ’em, mayors in my neck of the county have been getting lots of Beacon ink lately.

  • Bowling, laser tag, cosmic golf among celestial highlights at Planet Fun

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is having its grand opening for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, located beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • Seeking home

    Flynn is a playful gray male tabby kitten who’s about 3 months old and has lots of personality. He was found wandering and homeless at Sunset Beach Town Hall. To see him, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Flynn, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Iler talks about first eight weeks in legislature

    State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, has completed his first eight weeks in the N.C. General Assembly, and the legislature has adjourned its long session.

    Iler was chosen to fill out the unexpired term of former Rep. Bonner Stiller, also an Oak Island Republican, when he resigned in June. Since that time Iler has been able to vote on numerous bills that affect Brunswick County.

  • Longtime town employee, Hughes is happy to fill in as administrator

    Shallotte Public Works Director Albert Hughes has seen the town grow from a small, rural community to a commercial hub, and during his 26 years with the town, he has had a front row seat for most of that growth.

    Hughes has been with the town of Shallotte since 1983, when he was hired as public works director to oversee the implementation of the town’s sewer system. During his tenure, his duties have also including serving as the town’s building inspector and zoning administrator.

  • St. James hears from residents of area planned for annexation

    SUPPLY—Residents of the Midway Road area say they don’t have anything against the residents of St. James—they just don’t want to be forced to live there.

    That was the consensus of speakers at Monday night’s public hearing on the town of St. James’ attempt to annex properties on Midway Road and across from Arbor Creek on N.C. 211. The hearing was in the events center at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Drug agents seize 158 marijuana plants

    SHALLOTTE—An afternoon fly-by eradication operation led to the seizure of 158 marijuana plants—some reaching 8-10 feet tall.

    During a joint eradication operation with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the State Highway Patrol Monday afternoon, a highway patrol helicopter spotted marijuana plants growing in a Shallotte backyard.

  • Bonds granted for murder suspects

    Bonds have been set for murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie.

    According to District Attorney Rex Gore, Bryant and Moultrie, who are both in custody awaiting trial for the April 27, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, were given bonds because it will be prosecuted as a non-capital case.

    Superior Court Judge Frank Floyd set Bryant’s bond at $310,000, while Moultrie was later given a $200,000 bond.

    At press time Tuesday, both suspects were in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.