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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach bridge ahead of schedule; advancing across waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—As new high-rise bridgework proceeds across the Intracoastal Waterway, the other good news is work is ahead of schedule, a construction official said this week.

    If work continues at its current pace, the new $32 million NCDOT bridge should be up and ready for traffic by mid 2010, project coordinator Dylan Frazier said Monday.

    “It should be right around there—June or July,” Frazier said as co-workers with English Construction Co. dissembled a crane Monday in preparation for having it moved by barge across the waterway.

  • Shallotte Assisted Living earns first deficiency-free rating

    Shallotte Assisted Living on Mulberry Street has received its first deficiency-free survey rating from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

    Every year, division representatives visit licensed adult care homes to determine if any deficiencies exist. According a division report, the facility was cited for a violation regarding restraint use during the October inspection but came into compliance by the December re-inspection.

  • Town OKs new stop signs to prevent wrecks

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved installing new stop signs at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets and at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Last month, an accident at the intersection of Mulberry and White that injured four people prompted Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, to bring the issue to the rest of the board.

    He said the accident involving a car and an ambulance was the third in five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics center scheduled to open next month

    BOLIVIA—Within a few weeks, the Brunswick Community College volleyball team will no longer have to travel to play home games. South Brunswick High School’s swim team will not have to travel out of state to practice and compete. And community members looking for a workout facility will not have to travel far.

    The Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College is near completion, and president Stephen Greiner hopes to see the center open by Feb. 1.

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  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the passing of a counterfeit $5 bill at the Marathon Minuteman on Causeway Drive.

    According to the police report, a suspect purchased cigarettes using the $5 bill.

  • Get in shape with county’s 2009 fitness schedule

    Now is a great time to launch a new shape-up program with the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2009 spring fitness schedule.

    A variety of classes are slated throughout the county, kicking off this month and continuing in coming weeks. They range from Zumba fitness and Aido Shokai JuJutsu martial arts to cardio and strength training and dance classes.

    For more information or to register, call 253-2670.

    The schedule and fees are as follows:

  • Improving health services important to growing community

    As Brunswick County continues to grow and its population continues to increase, so does its need for more quality, affordable health services.

    Many residents are anxiously awaiting the completion of Brunswick County’s newest hospital—the facility that will replace the current Brunswick Community Hospital. Slated to be completed in 2010, the new hospital will encompass 252,604 square feet, with an additional 75,000 square feet of future medical office space. The $107 million hospital will have 74 acute-care beds, four observation beds and five operating rooms.

  • Ryan Hill is top player in football

    West Brunswick quarterback Ryan Hill is the county player of the year in football.

    South Brunswick coach Gordon Walters is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season. Seven players from each team were selected.

    Hill quarterbacked the Trojans to the MEC 3-A title and a spot in the state playoffs.

  • Giant bluefin tuna season has begun

    I am happy to ring in the New Year with the good news the giant bluefin tuna have finally shown up off our coast.

    The season for this fishery typically starts in December and runs through January. Last season it was very slow off our area, but this season we had our hopes high. Much of the commercial netting of menhaden (giant bluefin tuna’s main food source) has been haulted off the Carolinas, and all indications were there was going to be much more baitfish presence this season.