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  • 11th anniversary of 9/11

    The 11th anniversary of 9/11 is under way today with Lions, Legionnaires and VFW members waving flags at passing traffic from the N.C. 130 Bypass in Shallotte. A motorcade of motorcyclists, law enforcement and emergency personnel is proceeding up U.S. 17 in time for the annual 9/11 ceremony at Brunswick Community College today. For more details, pick up a copy of this week's Beacon.

  • Missing person alert issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

    Around 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, Glenn McLellan, 74, left his home at 108 Windsor Circle, Ocean Isle Beach, driving a Silver Toyota Tacoma truck with a camper shell. The license number of his vehicle is XYM-2490. He is believed to be in the Lumberton area, but could come back to the Brunswick County area. If anyone has seen him or knows his whereabouts, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office at 253-2777 or Det. Tate Bond at 880-4945.

  • Murder trial witness says defense attorney paid him

    BOLIVIA—The defense in the murder trial of Craig Bryant, the man accused of killing Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in 2008, promised to show “incredible” doubt in opening statements, but witnesses had different stories to tell.

    After presiding judge Thomas H. Lock denied two motions by the defense to dismiss the case at the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, Mike Willis, defense attorney delivered his opening statement.

  • Ocean Isle Beach couple wins more than $660,000 in lottery

    Dale Strickland of Ocean Isle Beach had a big suprise for his wife last week.

    After hearing a Southport couple had won $100,000 playing the lottery, he broached the subject with his wife, Beth, a retired teacher.

    “A couple from Southport won $100,000,” he said to her. “Tell me 10 things you would do with $100,000.”

    The first few items on her list, such as new beach chairs, sounded conservative to Dale. So he asked her to walk to the ocean with him to talk more.

  • State’s witness accuses Bryant as testimony continues in murder trial

    BOLIVIA—The girlfriend of the man on trial for killing a local Realtor says he didn’t want to be a disgrace to his family.

    That was part of testimony last week as Lora Ann Moultrie took the stand for the prosecution. She is testifying against Craig Bryant, 50, who is on trial for killing Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in 2008.

  • Lotto madness: What a winning streak

    Brunswick County residents must be feeling lucky lately. There have been some big wins here from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    On Tuesday, lottery officials announced a Carolina Cash 5 ticket sold on Saturday matched all five numbers and is worth $661,409.

    The ticket was sold at the Palms Grocery on Ocean Highway East in Winnabow. The winning numbers in Saturday night’s drawing were 8-18-19-28-35.

    By press time Tuesday, the winner(s) had not come forward to claim the prize.

  • Boulevard building halt on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is poised to consider a proposed building moratorium along Sunset Boulevard at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 10.

    The session begins at 6:45 p.m. with a pre-meeting workshop at town hall.

    An agenda attachment for the meeting states council could consider invoking a development moratorium, which would first require a public hearing. The hearing could be scheduled for council’s Oct. 1 meeting.

  • Carolina Shores UDO up for review, possible adoption Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—With the town board poised to adopt its Unified Development Ordinance update, a resident pointed out two concerns at a Monday workshop.

    Former town commissioner Gere Dale, speaking during public comment at the morning session, took issue with two sections in the UDO draft that will be presented and explained to the public at 2 p.m. Thursday at town hall.

  • Brunswick Schools assessment points way to accreditation

    A recent assessment finding “interference” by the Brunswick County Board of Education with administrative responsibilities was not specifically addressed at a subsequent board retreat Aug. 15.

    Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki noted Tuesday in a response to the Beacon the session attended by AdvancED consultant Joe Delaney addressed the final report of a review by a quality assurance review team April 1-4.

    Swencki added the retreat was a first opportunity the board and schools cabinet had as a group to discuss findings.

  • Labor Day weekend brings out impaired drivers on moonlit night

    CALABASH—Under a full moon, as muggy August melted into sultry September, law enforcement was out en masse last Friday night, on the lookout for impaired drivers.

    Annual Labor-Day-weekend Hands Across the Border checkpoints involved law enforcement officers throughout the region. With assorted officers posted at three key entry/exit routes, it was difficult for drivers crossing the Carolinas border in Brunswick County to skirt their scrutiny during checkpoints that launched at 10 p.m. Friday and continued until the wee hours Saturday.