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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach man graduates from West Point

    He may have just graduated from a four-year university, but the next 10 years of his life are already planned out.

    James Hart, 21, of Ocean Isle Beach, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, about 56 miles north of New York City. He is now a second lieutenant in the Army, where he will serve five years active duty and three years in the reserves after completing a two-year flight school.

  • One-cent tax increase proposed for Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town administrator has proposed a 1-cent tax increase for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

    When presented to the board of commissioners Tuesday morning, the general fund balance was based on a tax rate of 9 cents per $100 valuation with a .995 percent collection rate. That is up from the current 8-cent tax rate.

  • Shallotte planning board sets workshop with developer as a result of last-minute revisions

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has scheduled a workshop with a developer whose request for plat approval was shot down Tuesday night because of last-minute revisions.

    Instead of recommending to the board of aldermen final plat approval for phase 1A of Sea Wynde Plantation, planning board members voted to meet with developer Adam Lisk on June 26 before the July 1 board of aldermen meeting to work out the issues staff and the board members had with the original plat.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board nixes variance for proposed sewer pump site

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has rejected a setback variance for a sewer pump house.

    At a June 5 board of adjustment hearing, URS Greiner Corp., the engineering company charged with building the Brunswick County-operated sewer system, requested a variance to the 25-foot front yard setback for a two-story vacuum pump house on a vacant lot at 407 North Shore Drive East.

  • Hurricane forum opens eyes to the importance of preparation

    They are the largest, deadliest storms on Earth, and 14 of them have affected the Brunswick County coast since 1900.

    Hurricanes are a constant threat for the residents of Brunswick County, and last Thursday evening Brunswick County Emergency Services sponsored a public forum to help residents understand how to prepare for these storms.

    With an expert panel of speakers that included representatives from FEMA, the state department of crime and public safety and the National Weather Service, the message seemed to be the same—be prepared.

  • Tips for beating the heat, even at the beach

    I’m sure global warming supporters are jumping for joy with the temperatures soaring faster than gas prices.

    You know it’s hot out there when the conversation turns from rising gas prices to rising temperatures.

    On a recent 99-degree day in Wilmington, my brother was complaining to me that it was even hotter and more humid in his D.C. suburb, missing the coastal breeze of Southeastern North Carolina.

    With normal early-June highs teetering around the mid-80s mark in our part of the world, the recent temperatures have people talking.

  • Addressing the energy crisis

    Now that Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee and John McCain is the Republican nominee, the question is who will step up to the plate and address the energy crises?

    Obama used a high-tech political machine driven by 20-and 30-year-olds to dismantle an old guard, 20-year-old Clinton political machine. The question is does he have any high–tech ideas to address America’s energy crises?

  • Calabash leaders shouldn't forget promises of integrity, open government

    When Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons ran for election last year, he said, “The citizens of Calabash are calling for a ‘better today’ as well as a ‘better tomorrow.’ They want to see leadership, integrity and confidence restored to the office of mayor, and I fully support their goals.”

    When a Beacon reporter called him on deadline for a brief pre-election interview over the telephone, Clemmons spoke off-the-cuff and apparently voiced what was in his mind and heart without a prepared script.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 7

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Jenna Agee, improper equipment, costs.

    Wanda Jean Agee, improper equipment, costs.

    Sasha Vanessa Ahlers, improper equipment, costs.

    Haitham F. Albarghouti, improper equipment, costs.

    Jacob Lewis Arthur, improper equipment, costs.

    Shaun Erik Ashley, improper equipment, costs.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments for May 19

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on May 19:

    Kyle Charles Ahneman, 21, of 2704 W. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place controlled substance.

    April Leigh Allred, 27, of 1901 Raeford Road, Boiling Spring Lakes; felony possession of marijuana.