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  • Sunset Beach celebrates 50th with weekend beach party

    Fiftieth-anniversary partying continues in Sunset Beach, where a beach bash is planned near the island gazebo this weekend.

    The town of Sunset Beach was incorporated on March 26, 1963.

    In addition to a reception at Sea Trail this past March, the town has scheduled a golden-anniversary beach party that will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on the beach at the island gazebo (if it rains, the party will take place Sunday, May 19).

    The public is invited to festivities that will include D.J. music and food catered by Jerome’s.

  • Budget, administrator on Sunset Beach work agenda

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the town hall conference room.

    Council will discuss the proposed 2013-2014 budget.

    Council is also scheduled to discuss determining what traits, characteristics, skills, education, experience and special qualifications are desired in the next town administrator. 

  • Brunswick sheriff has a new son

    Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram and his wife Michelle are parents of a newborn son.

    The baby, named Tison, was born Monday, May 13, at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Ingram’s dad, Billy, said Tuesday.

    All are doing well, and the baby is “beautiful like his grandfather,” Billy Ingram said.

    The new baby is Sheriff Ingram’s fourth son.

  • Deputies to speak at Calabash meeting

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are scheduled to speak at the Calabash town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. May 14 at Calabash Town Hall on Persimmon Road.

    Deputies will be on hand to answer questions from citizens about law enforcement in the town.

  • Beach Boys tickets catching fast wave

    Tickets are selling briskly for The Beach Boys' upcoming debut concert in Brunswick County.

    Tickets for the Aug. 29 concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College went on sale Monday.

    Auditorium manager Mike Sapp said Tuesday there were only about six remaining VIP tickets, but otherwise still plenty of really good tickets available for the upcoming performance featuring Beach Boys veterans Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.

    Sapp is anticipating a concert sell-out and advises buying tickets now.

  • Former D.A. to face trial in August

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore’s trial date was set for Aug. 19 in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday.

    Gore was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 20, 2012, on one count of felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

    Elizabeth Carlisle, administrative assistant to current D.A. John David, said the Attorney General’s office is handling the prosecution of Gore and requested a special session for the trial.

    That trial is expected to take place in Brunswick County unless a motion to change the venue is filed, she said.

  • Movies and concerts headline Leland summer entertainment

    LELAND—The entertainment has begun in Leland’s Municipal Park.

    The Concerts in the Park series begins Thursday, May 30.

    The town’s Movies in the Park series began in April, and the family-friendly movies are shown every other Saturday through June.

    “Movies were one of the first things the town did,” parks and recreation director Niel Brooks said, adding they started before he joined the town in 2007.

  • County eliminates extra corridor development standards

    Business development won out over corridor development at Monday’s Brunswick County Commissioners’ meeting.

    Two-dozen property owners of land along U.S. 17, N.C. 211, U.S. 74/76, N.C. 130, N.C. 133 and N.C. 904 attended the May meeting in hopes board members would strip away corridor-development standards.

    They are additional development standards beyond basic property zoning for non-residential, multi-family and mobile-home parks that were part of Brunswick County’s Unified Development Ordinance.

  • Commissioners make Hardy interim county manager, select firm for job search

    Brunswick County commissioners elevated Ann Hardy from special assistant to the county manager to interim county manager at the start of Monday night’s county meeting.

    Then Hardy set in motion the plan to search for a new permanent manager.

    After former county manager Marty Lawing accepted an offer to take the same role with Guilford County March 22, commissioners voted for the special designation for Hardy, the county finance director, March 27.

  • Public restroom on OIB town board agenda

    Ocean Isle Beach officials will discuss placing a second public bathroom on the island at the May 14 town board meeting.

    Ocean Island Beach currently provides public restrooms at one location on the beach, the community center.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said the board will consider locations for a second bathroom on Shallotte Boulevard on the east end of the island, next to the museum and playground in the center of the island and on Driftwood near the water tank on the west end.