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  • 2009 municipal election results

    Unofficial 2009 municipal election results

    Below are unofficial election results.

    Sunset Beach

    Unofficial results have Ronald Klein winning over mayor challenger Rich Cerrato in Sunset Beach race. Carol Scott, Karen Joseph and Lou DeVita selected for town council seats.


  • Board members table SRO contract discussion

    BOLIVIA—More than two months into the 2009-2010 school year, Brunswick County Board of Education members and Brunswick County commissioners have yet to agree on a contract for services of school resource officers (SROs).

    A proposed contract previously accepted by the board of education agreed to pay 10 SROs, who are employees of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, up to $653,000 in salaries, benefits and overtime pay. The contract also expected the county to cover any overtime occurred over the budgeted amount.

  • Carolina Shores voters approve mayor-council referendum

    CAROLINA SHORES—Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to return the town to a mayor-council form of government.

    Unofficial results Tuesday show 1,058 voters or 84.57 percent voted “yes” in response to the referendum question asking should the town “return to a Mayor-Council Form of Government, as opposed to remaining in its current Council-Manager Form of Government?”

    That compares to 193 voters or 15.43 percent who voted “no” in the referendum.

  • Stories online, videos, slideshows, Twitter, Facebook and more, oh my!

    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon produces a top-quality newspaper our readers have come to expect from us.

    From updates on the latest news and events, to profiles on people, places and sports, we’re doing our best to cover Brunswick County from as many local angles as we can.

    Our print product, which is in boxes and newsstands each Wednesday morning will continue to be our main focus. We want to continue to grow the size and content of the Beacon so each week you feel like you’re getting the most comprehensive news source created for Brunswick County.

  • Hell House is ministry tool and fundraiser for church

    The walls are dark—pitch black. You can hardly see the person in front of you. You hear a voice in the dark. It’s the devil.

    Finally there is light, and you see a girl holding a gun. Then it becomes black again.

    This could be the scene from a movie, but it is just one of the scenarios at Shallotte Church of God’s Hell House.

    The Hell House consisted of a maze and six areas depicting real-life scenarios. The rooms included a car wreck, a séance room, a suicide room, an abortion room, hell and heaven.

  • Four incumbent commissioners re-elected at Holden Beach; Young wins by two votes

    Holden Beach Board of Commissioners challenger Sheila Young apparently won a seat on the board by two votes, defeating fellow challenger Peggy Schiavone.

    Four commissioner incumbents won re-election to their seats and said Tuesday they were happy the voters thought they had done a good job the past two years.

    Young garnered 183 votes, while Schiavone received 191.

    Young, who lost by four votes two years ago, said Tuesday she was “just amazed” by the tight race and would not be surprised if a recount would be requested.

  • Carl Bazemore served Sunset Beach well

    Those who knew Carl Bazemore say he was a quiet man who got along well with others. He is noted for his public service, particularly to Sunset Beach where he served for 12 years on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    In addition to maintaining a council seat for three terms, Bazemore also served on the Brunswick Beaches Consortium and was a chair of the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority’s stormwater management program.

  • Shallotte sign painter recalls the old-fashioned method

    With more than 30 years of experience painting colorful advertisements for golf courses, restaurants and all kinds of small businesses, Shallotte’s Buddy Norris will always call himself a sign painter.

    He hand paints signs and posters for friends and family members and for himself—just to keep his creative juices flowing—but the realities of the business have changed. These days, customers prefer letters designed on computers and cut out on vinyl.

  • Strong tides have a big impact on local fishing

    Warmer than normal temperatures so far this year have anglers hoping for a late fall, and it looks as if that is what might happen. October was a bit more streaky than usual, but there are a lot of fish being caught now.

    I hate to sound like a meteorologist, but higher than normal water temperatures with a succession of cold fronts followed by sunny days make for great fishing weather, especially if the fish are still biting. Also, strong tides influenced by the moon are having a big impact on local fishing.

  • Detectives searching for suspects in Shallotte armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for four black males they say robbed four people at gunpoint at their Shallotte home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jayne Todd said four victims reported being robbed at gunpoint by four unknown black males at their Maple Hill Road home around 11 p.m. Saturday.

    Each suspect is believed to have been carrying a firearm, Todd said, adding the suspects stole cash.