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Today's News

  • Families of victims sue Ocean Isle parasail companies

    The families of two women killed in a parasailing incident on Ocean Isle Beach last summer—as well as the father of children on the boat when it happened—have filed a lawsuit in Forsyth County Superior Court seeking more than $10,000 in damages per person.

  • Former DSS worker sentenced to 48-67 months in prison for embezzlement

    BOLIVIA—A former Brunswick County Department of Social Services case worker, who investigators said defrauded the government out of more than $100,000, was sentenced to 48-67 months in prison Monday.

    April Shawnette Stuckes, 35, of 1721 Zachary Brook Lane, Raleigh, pleaded guilty to felony obtaining property by false pretenses in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 28, and was sentenced to 48-67 months in the North Carolina Department of Probation, according to Sgt. April Stanley, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Ester Virginia Todd, 24, of 2276 Shell Point Road, was charged with assault on a handicapped person. Someone called the police department to let them know a woman in the Walmart parking lot had a warrant for her arrest. The responding officer found Todd was wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault on a handicapped person.

    •Assault on a female on Brooks Court; suspect struck victim in the face.

  • David-Wilson named new director of BSRI

    The board of directors of Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. has appointed Michael J. David-Wilson, formerly of New Jersey, as its new president/chief executive officer.

    He will replace founding president/chief executive officer, Jim Russell, who has served for the last eight years.

    Russell will retire effective July 31.

  • Man arrested for assault with a machete

    ASH—An Ash man was arrested for assaulting a man with a machete last week.

    Jose Simeon Barron, 51, of 32 Rubin Way, Ash, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for cutting a man with a machete on Ace Ford Drive in Ash, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    The man was not seriously injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Barron was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500 secured bond.

  • Should songs that make little sense be remade for the next generation?

    Recently, I noticed a new hip-hop version of the old Mungo Jerry song “In the Summertime” was popping up on Disney Channel, “sung” and accompanied by various Disney Channel stars.

    Thankfully, the new version doesn’t include the references to having a drink and a drive or doing “what you feel” with girls who come from the wrong side of the tracks—lines that would charitably be called “questionable” in this day and age.

  • California man drowns off Holden Beach coast

    A California man drowned off the coast of Holden Beach last Friday, June 25.

    According to Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne, Raymond Joseph Dracker, 55, of San Rafael, Calif., drowned Friday morning when his kayak was overtaken by waves in the Lockwood Folly Inlet off the east end of Holden Beach.

    “His family member lost contact with him and subsequently located an empty kayak,” Layne said.

    Layne said Dracker’s family then called 911.

  • Local woman's purse recovered in suspect's car in Virginia

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman’s stolen purse was recovered in Virginia, after the suspect was involved with a shootout with sheriff’s deputies there.

    According to Detective Ken Bellamy of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Ocean Isle Beach resident Ginny Pridgen’s stolen purse was recovered after Virginia authorities apprehended John Benton Hodges, 32, of Pulaski, Va., on June 20.

  • West Brunswick beats Post 68

     West Brunswick kept itself in the running for a division title by beating Leland Post 68 10-0 Thursday in a Junior American Legion Baseball game.

    West scored two unearned runs in the first inning and scored eight in the fifth to end the game. The victory avenged a 5-1 loss June 4 at North.

    Landon Tilley was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits. He walked two and struck out one.

  • Hometown girl joins Beacon staff as summer intern

    Hello. My name is Michele Johnson, and I will be your intern for this summer.

    I’m from Sunset Beach—been there most of my life. I graduated from West Brunswick High School knowing I wanted to be a reporter. That is why I am here today, introducing myself to you.

    I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a major in journalism.

    While at Pembroke, I studied and worked with all types of media, but newspapers are still my favorite.