Local News

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve exercise stations

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    HOLDEN BEACH--In a rare split vote, Holden Beach Commissioners approved spending up to $20,000 for a par course [a series of fitness stations] to be built between Greensboro and Scotch Bonnet streets.

    Commissioners purchased that tract of land at the turn of the year.

  • Former commissioner Dixon honored in Calabash

    CALABASH—Former town commissioner Bill Dixon received accolades and applause Tuesday night for his service to the town.

    During a ceremony at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting, Dixon was recognized by the town board and staff.

    Dixon resigned in May after five-and-a-half years with the town, citing health reasons.

    Town clerk Kelley Dixon presented Dixon with a plaque expressing gratitude for his dedication to the town.

  • Boat ramp? One is on the way in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—For the fourth year in a row, the town has been without a boat launch.

    But, as outlined at recent town meetings, a new boat ramp is on the way. Just give it one more year, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker says.

    Parker, speaking at a recent town meeting, guesstimates the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is poised to start construction of the planned waterway facility across the street from Twin Lakes Restaurant later this year, with projected completion by next summer.

  • Future park on Sunset Beach agenda

    Discussion about a future town park is on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s next monthly workshop at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    Jim Pryor, director of the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, is supposed to discuss a “park development planning approach,” according to a workshop agenda.

    Other agenda items include signs for the park and boat ramp and review of draft proposals for a personnel consultant and engineering consultant.

  • Garden/event space 'not necessarily being pursued' in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—It’s not a park, and it’s not necessarily being pursued.

    Those are some of the statements town officials made in recent days regarding a proposed idea for a future community garden/event space, as it’s called in the town administrator’s report.

    Though the town has contracted with a consultant to prepare conceptual plans, town officials have said the proposed site isn’t in stone yet.

  • Town agrees to $14,000 settlement

    The town of Carolina Shores and former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut have agreed to a $14,000 settlement.

    That’s the amount the town will pay Chestnut following her firing from the town last year, in May 2010. Chestnut subsequently filed a lawsuit against the town, seeking damages in excess of $10,000.

  • Local veterans, elected officials gather to celebrate ribbon cutting of VA clinic

    SUPPLY—Local veterans, elected officials and community members gathered Monday to celebrate a milestone for the estimated 15,000-16,000 veterans living in Brunswick County—the opening of the Veterans Affairs (VA) outreach clinic.

    Though the clinic opens to patients this Monday, Aug. 15, VA officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Monday afternoon attended by many local veterans.

  • Judge files notice of appeal in libel suit loss

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is appealing last month’s loss in her libel lawsuit against local political activist Ed Rapp.

    On Friday, July 15, Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled against Lewis, issuing an order for summary judgment in which he found in favor of Rapp in the libel and defamation suit Lewis filed last year.

    On Monday, Aug. 8, Lewis filed a notice of appeal that she planned to appeal the matter to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

  • Brunswick County VA outreach clinic

    The Veterans Affairs (VA) Brunswick County Outreach Clinic will open to patients Monday, Aug. 15.

    The clinic, at 20 Medical Center Campus Drive, Supply, is just off U.S. 17, south of the U.S. 17/N.C. 211 intersection.

    Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with a rotating schedule of specialty care and health education classes on Fridays.

    Veterans currently enrolled in the VA health system and assigned to other clinics will be given the opportunity to transfer their care to the Brunswick County Outreach Clinic.

  • Board of education meetings to be aired online

    BOLIVIA—By next month, parents, students and members of the public will be able to watch board of education meetings online.

    With attendance at the monthly meetings historically low, board members decided airing meetings online would allow more people to watch meetings, school system spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

    Cameras were rolling at the board’s regular August meeting last week, but Swencki said that was a trial run.