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  • Short and sweet meeting in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“We may have set a record,” said Mayor Debbie Smith as the board of commissioner’s regular December meeting adjourned on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

    The meeting lasted just a few minutes more than 30 minutes.

    During the meeting Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said the natural canal-dredging project is ahead of schedule. The dredge is operating on a 12-hour daily schedule, six days a week with no operations on Sunday. The project is expected to be complete by March 31, 2013. 

  • Country music legend Willie Nelson breaks records at OWA

    BOLIVIA—The crowd roared when Willie Nelson hit the stage at Odell Williamson Auditorium last Friday night to perform his first-ever Brunswick County gig.

    Fans rushed toward the front of the auditorium to shoot photos on cameras and cell phones as Nelson strolled onstage for the Dec. 7 performance and immediately broke into “Whiskey River,” his first song of the night.

  • Building moratorium to be pondered on Sunset Beach canal

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has set a public hearing for its Jan. 7 meeting to consider a construction moratorium along a mostly undeveloped canal.

    The canal is along North Shore Extension on the northeast side of the island that feeds into Tubbs Inlet.

    Adjacent property owners are also supposed to be notified.

  • Sunset Beach ponders merchants association

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is ripe—if not overdue—for formation of a merchants association, town and business officials agree.

    It was the main topic at a Dec. 5 business community reception orchestrated by the town at Sea Trail.

  • Fifth robbery suspect turns herself in

    A fifth suspect sought in connection with a Nov. 29 robbery in Carolina Shores has turned herself in.

    Ronchekala Shawntae Veness, also known as “Koot,” 32, of 3243 Foxwood Drive in Loris, S.C., turned herself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, BCSO Lt. Donna Simpson said Friday.

    A warrant charges Veness with conspiracy to commit robbery in the early-morning incident at Winner’s World Sweepstakes, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

  • Sheriff pledges support in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will continue to be in the area providing support, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says.

    Ingram, accompanied by Capt. Mose Highsmith, spoke at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 6 to address concerns about traffic and law enforcement protection. Highsmith also serves as attorney for the sheriff’s office.

    Ingram responded to residents’ concerns about speeding. As long as it’s a public highway, “we can enforce those speed limits,” he said.

  • Brunswick Catch hopes to snag statewide group

    Brunswick Catch is working to establish a statewide organization.

    Last week, Brunswick Catch hosted the fall meeting of North Carolina Catch, a newly organized eastern N.C. group, at Holden Beach Town Hall.

    Brunswick Catch works to educate consumers about the advantages of local seafood and to assure sources for local catch. Brunswick Catch is joining with its sister organizations, Carteret Catch, Outer Banks Catch, and Ocracoke Fresh to form an umbrella group, North Carolina Catch.

  • Rapp retracts "unfounded" accusation about Judge Ola Lewis

    A Brunswick County resident is retracting what he now deems a false accusation he made nearly three years ago about Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Edward Lee Rapp of Boiling Spring Lakes told the Beacon this week his accusation was unfounded about Lewis, whose libel suit against Rapp is scheduled for trial in January.

    In 2010, Rapp posted commentaries in an online forum, claiming there was probable cause for disciplining Lewis for violating the North Carolina Code of Judicial Conduct for openly campaigning for candidates in the Republican primary.

  • Five people will be selected for ‘A Season of Smiles’

    Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry is rewarding those who give back this year with “A Season for Smiles.”

    “This year marks the inception of a new program that is meant to reward people in the community who spend so much time giving to others that they may forget to take care of themselves in the process,” said Liz Cervantes of Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry.

  • Brunswick County sweetheart princess fights for her life

    SHALLOTTE—It started as a typical autumn weekend for the Goodman family.

    Molly Goodman, 3, watched her older brother Justin’s football team, the Shallotte Pirates, play a game. Then the family went out to dinner to celebrate. Molly went to her grandmother’s house in Southport.

    Brian and Tangela Goodman, Molly’s parents, got a call at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, saying Molly was throwing up, hadn’t slept and was really thirsty.