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Today's News

  • The price of policing in paradise

    Ocean Isle Beach may be a sleepy beach town between September and May with a population of only 508 residents. But during the summer tourist season, the population can increase nearly five times, as up to 25,000 people invade the island per day.

    While this may be a boost for the local economy, it takes its toll on the town’s police department that operates with the same amount of officers year-round, only adding a handful of part-timers to patrol the beach during daylight hours.

  • Oak Island: How did they do?

    On March 12, the Beacon faxed a public records request for Oak Island’s written policy regarding document destruction and all records pertaining to the destruction of documents from Jan. 1, 2007 until present.

    Upon receiving the request, Jerry Walters, Oak Island town administrator, said the town would comply.

    On March 16, Joy Davis, Oak Island town clerk, e-mailed the public records to the Beacon. After sending the requests, Davis sent an e-mail to confirm the records were received.

  • Ocean Isle Police Department incident reports

    The following information is from the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department for the 2007-2008 fiscal year:

    Employees:

    15 year-round employees

    5 beach patrol officers

    Salaries & Wages:

    $597,146.94

    General Fund:

    $1,049,947.00

    Traffic Accidents:

    31 total

    July: 9

    August: 3

    September: 4

    October: 2

    November: 5

    December: 1

    January: 0

    February: 0

    March: 1

    April: 2

    May: 1

    June: 3

    Traffic Citations:

    520 total

  • County government: How'd they do?

    What we asked for: Closed session meeting minutes from county commissioners’ closed session meetings from Dec. 1, 2008-March 2, 2009.

    What the law says: North Carolina General Statute 143-318.10(e) requires that “Every public body shall keep full and accurate minutes of all official meetings, including any closed sessions held pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11.”

    The minutes can be released to the public as long as the disclosure of the minutes would not “frustrate the purpose of the closed session.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach: What we asked for, how they did

    What we asked for

    The Beacon requested documents regarding the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department during the 2007-2008 fiscal year, including:

    •Department budget

    •Complete personnel list, including salary and benefit information

    •List of assigned equipment

    •Employee work log information

    •All incident reports and all activity reports

    What the law says

  • Homemade Chinese food is easier to prepare than you might think

    Do you instinctively grab the phone to order Chinese food every time you crave something different? If you do, why not try a Chinese cook-in instead of take-out? Homemade Chinese food is a lot easier to prepare than you might think.

    You don’t have to have a lot of special cookware or buy fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t need to own a wok to cook your own Chinese food, just use any frying pan (deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.

    Avoid those extra shopping trips

  • Ounces of prevention can be helpful to ward off summer heat in the garden

    In case you haven’t noticed, it gets pretty hot in southeastern North Carolina in the summer. Add the humidity, lots of poorly drained soils and, sometimes, excessive rainfall, and you have a recipe for disaster for many of the plants we like to grow, such as azalea, camellia, gardenia and Japanese hollies.

    Take a cue from our old buddy “Poor Richard” who was fond of saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

  • Read the label carefully when using products to control weeds in the landscape

    I have been having a number of clients calling about weed control in their landscape. Some products come with a hefty price tag to them, and people are always looking for a bargain or for a cheaper alternative.

    I just had a client call me about the use of Image to control nutsedge and wild onions in her lawn. She was advised to use Image or 2,4-D. Follow along with what could happen if you don’t read the label.

  • How to create landscaping around your home for wildlife: Part I

    With the number of new housing developments and new folks to this area, it is time to do a series on making the backyard and wooded areas attractive to wildlife. The first couple of articles will look at ways to invite birds to your area.

  • Long-Cox

    Debra J. Long of Shallotte and Jared Cox of Ash were married Oct. 25, 2008, at Caldonia Golf and Fish Club, with the Rev. Phil Norris officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Grady and Peggy Long of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Tom and Pam Anello of Ash.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The bride wore a white strapless gown with a ballgown skirt and semi-cathedral train, rouched bustline with a semi-sweetheart neckline.Cameo designs with sequins and bugle beads adorned the fitted bodice, skirt and train.