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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach council debates land purchase for future park, boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A debate ensued last week about whether the town should pursue buying a 5-acre lot overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a future park.

    Town councilman Len Steiner reiterated at the specially called Sept. 2 meeting it’s a one-time opportunity to buy the idyllic mainland plot, while a majority of fellow council members expressed opposition.

  • Electronic gaming rules approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved electronic gaming as a special use in the mainland business (MB1) zoning district.

    According to the amendment approved by the board at its Sept. 3 meeting, if approved as a special use, an electronic gaming operation would apply to the town board of adjustment for approval.

    Four conditions must be met, including one parking space for each gaming machine and one space per employee on the “largest shift.”

  • Woman upset after Brunswick County animal control officer shoots and kills dog

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Lee Gushman knew something was wrong after Stoley, her 15-year-old dog, wandered off her property Monday and couldn’t be found.

    She just didn’t think it would be the worst thing imaginable.

    A Brunswick County animal control officer, believing the dog was rabid, shot and killed Stoley minutes before she called 911 to report him missing Labor Day morning.

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss policy for canal property owners

    Holden Beach officials might require canal property owners to have bulkheads on their property, and the new, educating-the-public policy about an ordinance requiring canopies be removed from the beach by night does not appear to be working.

    Holden Beach commissioners had extensive discussion about those and other items but took no action at their regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

  • Having an event in October or November? Let us know about it

    Fall is a time of milder temperatures, brightly colored leaves and crisp, cool nights. It’s also a time when many churches, school and civic groups plan area festivals and events.

    In celebration of these family-friendly events, this year The Brunswick Beacon is launching its first fall festival special section “Fall Into Festivals.”

  • Annual mullet run off to an early start

    The recent dip into autumn-like temperatures had anglers hoping fish would start gearing up for the fall runs. That didn’t exactly happen, but we are still seeing good fishing with quite a few big flounder, redfish and trout now out there around their usual inshore haunts.

    If fishing is this good now, it is possible this fall season will make up for last year’s disappointments.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Low gross, Paul Michal, 77; Stu Cleveland, 79; Harry Haggerty, 81; Jim Beairsto, 86; Bob Byrne, 87. Low nets: Michal, 63; Cleveland and Byrne, 66; Ed Hennessey and Bob Smith, 68. Team two low nets: Michal, Hennessey, Fred Ortiz and Beairsto, 30-under par. Golfer of the week was Paul Michal.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • CIS to open second thrift shop location

    SUNSET BEACH—Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) is set to open its second thrift shop next month with two purposes—to raise money for the nonprofit’s operational costs and to provide a service back to the community.

    Cynthia Tart, executive director of CIS, said opening a thrift shop in Brunswick County had been part of the organization’s strategic plans for many years, but it was an idea that never came to fruition until several months ago.

  • Parks and Rec names photo contest winners

    The Brunswick County Parks & Recreation 2009 Amateur Photography Contest received 61 photo entries. They will be on display Sept. 6-26 at Franklin Square Art Gallery in Southport.

    The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Winning photographs will have ribbons affixed for identification of winners.

    Brunswick County Amateur Photography Contest 2009 winners:

    Best in Show

    “Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird” by Jerry Koons of Shallotte.

    Colors Rivers/Coasts

  • Fall kingfish bite begins at local beaches

    When Mother Nature flipped the switch, she did not hold back. It has gone from summer to fall in a hurry, and I am not complaining.

    The mullet have been running the beach and the menhaden schools are lined up along the beachfront from Ocean Isle Beach to the Cape Fear. All the pieces are in place for one of the best fall king mackerel bites we’ve seen in years.