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  • Holden Beach talks pavilion and parks

    After a contentious discussion, Holden Beach commissioners Tuesday night asked town manager David Hewett to find out the where the CAMA and U.S. Corps of Engineer lines are drawn so they know exactly where a picnic shelter can be placed.

    The picnic-shelter placement was the main part of the proposed parks and recreation project behind town hall that prompted discussion at the regular monthly commissioners’ meeting.

  • Angie Sutton named Beacon general manager

    Angie Sutton has been named the general manager of The Brunswick Beacon.

    Sutton, who joined the Beacon as an advertising sales representative in May 2007, was promoted to Beacon advertising director in August 2008. Prior to joining the Beacon team, Sutton worked in retail management for six years and worked at The Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton for five years.

    In her new role as general manager, Sutton will continue to serve as advertising manager, but will also assume operational oversight of the newspaper.

  • St. James forms American Legion, hosts veterans service

    Former soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, along with their family and friends attended St. James Plantation Veterans Day memorial service Sunday afternoon.

    The numbers were no surprise for a development that houses so many veterans, it established its own American Legion Post.

    Post 543 was officially organized in September 2011. It had 17 members, the minimum required for a charter.

    Rick Sessa, Post adjutant, said the new American Legion was expected to grow at a rate that it would reach 50 members by 2013.

  • New commissioner full of ideas for first term on county board

    Frank Williams has enjoyed being an elected official for a week better than he did being a candidate for 14 months.

    “I started campaigning in August of last year. I’m glad the election is over and excited to get to work,” Williams said.

    Williams is the new face on the county board. Scott Phillips won a second term as a county commissioner and Pat Sykes served on the county’s Department of Social Services board before running for a county commissioner seat.

  • School employees to receive $750 holiday bonus

    Brunswick County School System employees will receive something better than a turkey for Thanksgiving—the school board approved a $750 bonus at the Nov. 8 meeting.

    The school system will cut a bonus check to each full-time employee Nov. 20 instead of with their next regular paycheck to have the money in hand for post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

    Board member Charles Miller recommended sending out the bonus before Thanksgiving.

  • Captain pleads guilty in 2009 parasailing death

    RALIEGH—Thomas Povazan, 45, of West Mifflin, Penn., pled guilty in federal court on Wednesday, Nov. 14 to a violation of the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1115.

    Povazan was a licensed mariner, working as the captain of the Tied High in connection with a parasailing business. According to information presented in open court, two women died as a result of his negligence.

  • Elderly woman murdered in Longwood

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information on a murder.
    According to BCSCO spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, a homicide investigation is under way in Longwood.

    Deputies were dispatched to 1975 Gwynn Road, NW in Longwood on Tuesday, Nov. 13, around 12:03 p.m. for a death investigation. 

    “When the deputy arrived on scene, he was met by a relative who was there to check on Linnie Mae Ward, an 86-year-old white female, who was found unresponsive,” Routh said in a press release.

  • Relay for Life Talent Show Monday, Nov. 19, at BCCOWA

    The West Brunswick High School Vocal Music Department will present its annual Relay for Life Talent Show at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Vocal director Annette Harton of WBHS said this year they are moving the variety show from the high school and expanding its array of talent.

    “We are adding faculty from other schools and church groups,” she said of the benefit show.

    The onstage lineup includes Brunswick County Board of Education member Catherine Cooke as well as teachers.

  • Holden Beach celebrates rescheduled Festival by the Sea Nov. 17-18

    HOLDEN BEACH—Hurricane Sandy may have delayed this year’s Festival by the Sea, but she didn’t bring it down.

    Postponed plans are rescheduled and “on” this weekend for the seaside town’s annual autumn celebration, which was postponed from Oct. 27-28 because of Hurricane Sandy’s untimely visit up the coast.

    An array of activities are planned at the festival, now slated for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18 on the island next to the Holden Beach Bridge.

  • Residents rally for Sandy relief

    CALABASH—It was an assembly-line operation last week at Turtle Crossing Cupcakes, only the participants weren’t baking cupcakes.

    Business owner Kathy Cody, assisted by shop employee Kia Vandekolk and Kathy Barry, another Calabash businesswoman-turned-volunteer, were busy boxing up donated items to take to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the North.

    “Everybody wanted to do something,” Barry said. “Nobody knew what to do.”

    They soon found out.