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Today's News

  • Shallotte adopts sewer transmission fee policy, discusses San Rio agreement

    SHALLOTTE—The town has a new sewer transmission fee policy in place, developed after disagreements with developers over the previous policy resulted in a need for compromise.

    At Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen unanimously approved a policy requiring developers to pay $60,000 for 60 units at the time they request preliminary plat approval and another $60,000 when they start the next phase. The developer has five years to pay the full amount.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council gets focused on future; looks to next budget

    SUNSET BEACH—A new boat ramp and bridge, bike and pedestrian trails and road improvements are at the top of town council’s planning list.

    Following an executive session at a March 19 day-long planning retreat at Sea Trail, Mayor Ron Klein announced council has authorized town administrator Gary Parker to negotiate possible purchase of a 1.2-acre tract on Sunset Boulevard for a public boat ramp. The site is next to the Intracoastal Waterway, across the street from Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant.

  • No-shows at land use open house in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—No citizens showed up for an open house to review the town land use plan last Thursday morning, March 20.

    The planning and zoning board session, which lasted about 15 minutes, was scheduled to offer the public a chance to view the town’s draft of its updated CAMA land use plan.

    Penny Tysinger, town planning consultant with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said the no-show could be a good sign indicating citizens have no more questions following a succession of meetings over the past two years.

  • New arts and entertainment listings give taste of goings-on

    Two weeks ago we launched another new addition to The Brunswick Beacon.

    After soliciting feedback from our readers, we found out there was a need to provide you with more information about events and activities not only going on in Brunswick County, but also communities within a short drive.

    A team of Beacon staffers got together and spent several weeks planning out what we thought we needed to do to fill that information void. After lots of planning, we unveiled the new “Arts and Entertainment” pages in the March 20 edition.

  • Gearing up for spring, stuck in winter weather

    With spring officially sprung, I spent the weekend gearing up for my favorite season.

    No spring cleaning, planting flowers or mowing the grass for me. I braved the pollen-infused air for an afternoon at one of my favorite places in the world: the outlet mall, or as I like to call it, the eighth wonder.

    While I realize saying I needed to go “spring shopping” holds little or no merit, it seemed like a great excuse for me to indulge in only the spring necessities.

  • Tip etiquette questions arise in today's fast-moving world

    The whole world is on fast forward.

    Everything we do nowadays is hurried or rushed. The Internet makes any information imaginable available at the click of a button. TIVO and DVR makes it possible for us to not only watch our favorite shows, but also to watch them in about a third of the time if we fast forward through all the commercial breaks.

    Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’d tell you in full detail why I think these things are a few of the best inventions ever, but I don’t have time.

  • Bring back the gas wars

    So the weekend kicked off with the usual payday quest to fill up the car at the cheapest gas station, preferably one within reasonable driving distance in one of the Carolinas.

    About 10 years ago, when the price of petroleum was an issue but not as big an issue as it is now, I interviewed a local businessman who complained about “people who’ll drive 20 miles across town to save 2 cents on gas.”

    Well, anything for a bargain, I always say.

  • Easter bunny proves her worth on baby's first

    Peter Cottontail hopped down the bunny trail and right into my house Sunday morning.

    It was my son’s first Easter, and the Easter Bunny really went all out to make this first year a special one.

    In fact, I think the Easter Bunny probably had to take some Advil and use some Aspercreme for her back after all that hopping and shopping.

    My son, Levi, celebrated his first Easter in grand style with two teal Easter baskets filled with all of the top-rated toys and books

  • Alaskan adventure was great, but there's really no place like home

    If you’ve not been to Alaska, you need to go, and you need to go soon so you won’t say, “I wish I went earlier.”

    Alaska is a place of incredible beauty, with wildlife right outside your window, dangers that are more than just conversation and the rugged individualistic spirit of people similar to those who settled this great country.

  • Tourist season is now upon us

    Warm weather has arrived in Brunswick County, and this weekend is projected to bring even warmer temperatures that will move lots of people outdoors and into the sunshine.

    As Brunswick County residents head outside to enjoy the spring weather, so will others. Starting with the Easter weekend, residents get ready to share the roads and beaches with the countless travelers that will make their way into our community. The bustle traditionally lasts through the Labor Day weekend.