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  • College student wins $1 million in lottery

    Mikala Fields, a community college student from Oak Island in Brunswick County, says she plans to use the $1 million she won on a 20X The Money ticket to buy a home, a new car and invest for the future.

    She is the first player to win the top prize since the $10 game launched on May 16.

    Fields, who plans to study nursing, was at home on Friday evening when she learned of her big win.

  • Heat index of 110 and higher expected this weekend

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an excessive heat warning, which will be in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Heat index values may reach between 110 to 115 degrees with temperatures higher than 100 degrees.

    The hottest temperatures and most extreme heat index values will occur in the middle to late afternoon hours each day. The overall highest values will likely occur on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s throughout the early part of next week.

  • One dead in afternoon house fire

    A house fire in Leland claimed the life of a 47-year-old woman on Friday afternoon.

    Donna Byrd Hambrick was killed in a fire at 6495 Farm Meadows Drive.

    According to Scott Garner, deputy director of Brunswick County Emergency Services, emergency responders received a call about 10 minutes until 1 p.m. for a structure fire.

    “There was one fatality,” Garner said. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

  • Teen charged with father’s death, DWI in early-morning wreck

     A Lumberton teenager has been charged in the death of her father.

    According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Brianna Galloway of Lumberton has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. The wreck happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

    Galloway was driving on Stone Chimney Road in Supply, about 6.3 miles north of Shallotte, when she ran off the road, hit a tree and her vehicle overturned.

    Galloway’s passenger, her father Troy K. Galloway, 41, of Supply, was killed in the wreck.

  • Autopsy shows 3-year-old suffered trauma to chest, abdomen and head

    SHALLOTTE—Three-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was killed by blunt force injuries to the abdomen.

    The State Medical Examiner’s Office released the official results of Jaronn’s autopsy on Thursday afternoon. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

  • Several towns have Fourth of July festivities planned

    Independence Day is rapidly approaching. Brunswick County and the surrounding areas offer many ways to celebrate the holiday. There are parades, dancing, live music, food and other festivities including fireworks. Make your plans early and enjoy a relaxing Independence Day with family and friends.

     

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  • Stolen too young: One man’s family speaks out about testicular cancer

    Joseph Anthony Steinbach III was 18 years and 18 days old when he died.

    Joey, as his family called him, bravely battled testicular cancer. Born on June 25, 1985, he died on July 3, 2003. He was a senior at West Brunswick High School and lived in Holden Beach with his family.

    His family will never forget the love he brought to their life and want to spread awareness about the cancer that stole him away.

    “Joey was a super hero on earth,” said Mary Steinbach, his mother.

  • Help the county’s children in need by volunteering or packing a backpack

    Brunswick Family Assistance is looking for volunteers to donate time or resources to change the lives of Brunswick County youth.

    There are several opportunities for the community to get involved. One way is to serve youth breakfast and/or lunch through the summer food service program. Volunteers are also needed to transport children to and from the sites.

    The program, now in its second full week, served more than 2,100 meals the first week.

  • Toxicology back for 3-year old; still no charges in death

    SHALLOTTE—A toxicology report shows atropine was in the body of a dead 3-year-old boy.

    Jaronn Ladale McAllister’s toxicology report shows his body had no other drugs present except atropine. Atropine is sometimes used in emergency situations to maintain proper function of the heart.

  • Wilmington woman charged in fatal wreck that killed Southport woman

    BELVILLE—A Wilmington woman has been charged with the death of a Southport woman after a fatal wreck last Monday, June 18.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Anna Pierce, 27, of Wilmington, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the fatal head-on collision that killed 55-year-old Sheila Sorrentino of Southport.

    Parks said Pierce was driving her 2008 Ford passenger vehicle on River Road (N.C. 133) near Belville around 7:39 a.m. last Monday, June 18.