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Today's News

  • Shallotte police report

    Shallotte police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports:

    • Police arrested Mark John Kelly, 34, of Ocean Haven Road, Ocean Isle Beach, on one count of felony larceny for stealing jewelry, a wallet, money, a pink bar of soap and tiber bar, a DVD player, a small craft hammer, a box of beads and a cheese spreader from a residence on Arnold Palmer Drive. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

  • Nationwide schools earn 'C' average

    A report card recently issued by Education Week gives schools across the nation an overall C average, grading on education performance and policy.

    North Carolina also received a C average for its overall grade, which grades state schools on six subject areas: chance for success, K-12 achievement; standards; assessment; and accountability; transitions and alignments; teaching profession; and school finance.

  • BCC announces continuing education classes

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, public information officer at the college.

    Many courses are free to seniors (65 and older).

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, visit: www.brunswickcc.edu.

    To register, call 755-7380.

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss waste ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners met for a board workshop Tuesday and discussed an amendment to the town’s solid waste ordinance.

    Interim town manager Jim Lowell said an amendment to the ordinance would require every rental property have one trash can per two bedrooms. The amendment only pertains to rental properties, Lowell said.

    The amendment will be implemented in April, he said.

  • Cardinal Pointe complaints continue; resident to meet with regional manager

    SHALLOTTE—Cardinal Pointe resident Amy Bass is continuing her fight against the managers of the apartment complex, next to the Highlands off Frontage Road, claiming they are overcharging and harassing renters.

    This week, a manager at NRP Management LLC, Cardinal Pointe’s property management firm, said she wants to meet with Bass next week to discuss the problems and find a resolution.

    She says she’s confused because Bass recertified her lease for another year but continues to complain to authorities.

  • Shallotte's vision for the future; Group seeks input

    The Downtown Shallotte Development Committee wants to know what residents want their town to look like over the next 10 years, and the planners hired to come up with a 10-year vision plan will be listening.

    They have scheduled two upcoming meetings, Jan. 22 and 24, to hear from Shallotte’s residents and business owners to guide their plans.

    At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Shallotte Middle School will be the site of the first public meeting, starting with refreshments and moving into a more formal brainstorming session at 7 p.m.

  • Find out how you measure up to issues with candidates

    As newsies, the Beacon newsroom is always abuzz with conversations about local and national events.

    With the May primary only a few months away and races heating up with nearby debates in South Carolina, the topic of late has been the presidential election.

    The newsroom is a good mix of conservatives and liberals, and discussions are always fun and interesting. I count my blessings to be involved with a group of people who, although their views may differ, really care about what’s going on in the world.

  • If I knew what to write, I would have written it, right?

    Apparently, there are 91,300,000 professional, expert writers among us. At least that’s what Google says.

    I’ve been stuck in a rut lately when it comes to column writing. I’ll go ahead and blame it on the Seasonal Affective Disorder I wrote about last week.

    Taking my own advice, I bought a new lamp. I’m sure it wasn’t the kind experts say to use for light therapy, but it was on sale, very modern looking, and in a way, helped me through retail therapy.

    Close enough.

  • Listen to candidates before you make up your mind

    I went into last week’s GOP debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., confident I wanted John McCain to be our next president.

    But when all the candidates left the convention center and all but a few of the press had hopped on their planes headed to their next debate, I wasn’t as sure as I was when I arrived earlier that day.

    Don’t get me wrong; I was very impressed with McCain.

    While I am not trying to endorse McCain, I agree with a good portion of his message—his priorities for this country and our security.

  • Anyone could manage with a lifestyle manager

    It’s one thing to have a career and quite another to stay at home, tending to the home fires and bookoodles of endless tasks shrieking for attention there.

    A few days ago, I was about to move out until I read some advice about cutting what you have to do down into “chunks,” to make the chores at hand less overwhelming and more manageable.

    I think that’s a great idea.