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Today's News

  • Milliken wins 100-lap race

    By Bill Hennecy
    Special to The Beacon
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.— Justin Milliken drove his way to the front and won the first-100 lap race of the Myrtle Beach Speedway 2012 racing season.

  • Annual flounder tourney is June 8-9

    Staff Report

    The 29th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament, based from the Shallotte Point  Volunteer Fire Department, is 7 a.m.-5 p.m. June 8-9.
    The captains’ meeting is 6-10 p.m. June 7 at the fire department. Tourney participants, who must have a North Carolina Saltwater Fishing License, may fish in all places between Wildlife Landing at Sunset Harbor (including Blue Water Point) and Little River Inlet. No ocean fishing and no congregation of boats are permitted.

  • Revised hospital offer a good one

    No, it’s not perfect. It’s far from perfect, in fact, but we think county commissioners moving forward with the bid process with Crown Management’s revised bid to purchase the old hospital is a step in the right direction.
    After submitting its initial bid of $1.5 million last year and then withdrawing that bid in April, Crown Management has once again come to the table to negotiate the purchase of what was once Brunswick Community Hospital and the land on which it stands. Crown officials plan to convert the hospital to a psychiatric care facility.

  • Sunset Beach police arrest two for break-in, theft

    SUNSET BEACH—Two homeless people have been charged with a breaking-and-entering and larceny from a Sunset Beach address.

    Jimmy Dean Garner, 49, and his wife, Carole Lynn Garner, 46, were each charged May 27 with breaking-and-entering and larceny by Sunset Beach Detective Joe Smith in connection with the May 11 incident on Sailfish Street.

    Town police also investigated the following incidents reported over the past month.

    •A report of identity theft in the area of Magnolia Drive was made on May 29.

  • Resident complains panel-box placement causes unsightly "red light district"

    SUNSET BEACH—Karla Squier is ready to flush an unsightly electrical sewer panel box recently installed on the front of her house.

    “I have a 5-foot monstrosity attached to the front of my garage with a huge red light on it, and I’m naming it the red light district,” said the Sea Trail resident, speaking during public comment time at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

  • June 12 meeting to address tapping onto Metropolitan Grand Strand

    SUNSET BEACH—Will Sunset Beach and other towns in Brunswick County become part of the greater metropolitan Grand Strand stretching well into South Carolina?

    That’s an issue that will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday in Carolina Shores.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said the discussion will center around an “MPO proposal to add Sunset Beach to the Grand Strand, S.C., MPO”—which stands for Metropolitan Planning Organization.

  • Carolina Shores looking at speed-limit reduction to 25 mph

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is poised to review a proposed town-wide speed limit of 25 mph.

    The proposed change would mostly affect the town’s main residential area adjacent to Carolina Shores Golf Course as well as the Village at Calabash, where the speed limit is now 30 mph on town-operated streets in both communities. The speed limit is already 25 mph in The Farm at Brunswick.

  • Calabash Fire board approves bonds for new firehouse

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department has approved a bonds resolution for its future fire station.

    The unanimous vote Tuesday by the fire department board is for issuance of up to $2 million in bonds or notes to construct a firehouse. The resolution will be forwarded to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners for consideration at their June 18 meeting.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said it’s a tax-free loan that places no liability on the county.

    “The IRS has rules that we’re following,” he said.

  • Two arrested for golf course break-ins

    Detectives have arrested two men for break-ins to the Olde Fort Golf Course near Winnabow.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said detectives arrested Michael David Nucci, 23, and Nathan Atlas Hale, 16, on May 31, for recent break-ins reported at the golf course.

    Routh said detectives have been investigating the break-ins since early May.

    When detectives arrived at Nucci’s residence, they found both suspects, along with property stolen from the golf course.

  • Crown Management submits revised offer to purchase old hospital

    BOLIVIA—Crown Management LLC has come back to the negotiating table to purchase the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Crown Management LLC was the sole bidder when commissioners began the upset bid process to purchase the 60-bed former hospital and the 30-plus acres on which it sits last year.

    In April, Crown Management, who announced plans to locate an acute-care psychiatric treatment facility and physiatrist residential facility in the old hospital, withdrew their $1.5 million dollar bid, leaving the county with no viable bidders.