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Today's News

  • Union Elementary School students honored for final nine weeks at awards day

    Union Elementary School recently had its final nine weeks awards day. The following students were recognized:

    Citizen of the Month

    Kindergarten: Sydney Nonnenman, Brodie Burcham, Tanner Smith, Chloe Bland, Isaiah Yuricek, Hannah Long, Kadey Dunlap, Isabel Tapia, Kyleigh Abernethy, Shelby Dixon, Trevor Freeman, Sarah Nelson.

    First-grade: Summer Kelly, Vicky Lin, Aubree Barnett, Aduardo Diaz, Sierra Monk, Jadon Smith, Alex Younts, Stephenie Gillispie, Te’lea Vereen, Savannah Summerlin

  • Medieval philosophy rings with today's truth

    Some things never change—and they never should.

  • Church briefs

    St. Luke to break ground

    St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach (opposite Union School Road), will celebrate the groundbreaking for its new sanctuary, administration area and classrooms on Sunday, July 13.

    Services will begin at 10 a.m. inside the existing sanctuary and later will move outside to the location of the new buildings.

    Special invited guests will include former pastors of the congregation, charter members, a representative from R.H. McClure Builders and others.

    A reception will follow the service.

  • Students make UNCW dean's list for spring 2008

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington has announced its dean’s list for the spring semester.

  • Realtor's murder suspects indicted

    A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie for first-degree murder.

    Bryant and Moultrie were indicted June 2—each indicted on one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy for their alleged roles in the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw.

    Bryant and Moultrie were arrested May 8. Bryant was charged with murder; Moultrie was charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy.

  • Man pleads guilty to killing wife

    Sixty-five-year-old Robert Kaufman will likely spend the next 11-15 years behind bars for shooting his wife and for sexual abuse.

    Robert Kaufman pleaded guilty on Monday to both voluntary manslaughter and sexual offenses against a minor.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Haigwood sentenced him to serve 140-188 months in prison for both charges, Dave Crocker, special investigator for the district attorney’s office, said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach kidnapping, rape case under way

    BOLIVIA—Jury selection is complete for the trial of a Supply man accused of kidnapping and raping two teenage girls in 2001.

    Opening arguments are expected to begin at 2:15 today.

    Forty-nine-year-old Larry Raynor is accused of kidnapping two girls, then 15-and-16-years-old, from the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, where they were vacationing in June 2001.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

  • Raking a Difference

    On a hot mid-June morning, 73-year-old William Gause relaxes on a picnic table in the shade of an old oak tree while nine middle-school-aged girls tear up his front lawn with garden trowels and cultivators.

    A green cap casts a shadow over Gause’s face as he watches the girls at work. He spends most of his days like this, sitting under the oak tree and listening to church music. Gobs of Spanish moss hang from the tree’s limbs, giving it a weeping quality.

    “I hung that moss,” he says, his voice soft and proud.

  • Superstreet intersection at U.S. 17 and Mount Pisgah, Ocean Isle Beach roads

    Drivers turning left onto U.S. 17 from Mount Pisgah and Ocean Isle Beach roads will have to travel a little farther to do so.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation recently completed a superstreet intersection at U.S. 17 and Mount Pisgah Road, and construction is ready to begin on a similar intersection at U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach Road.

    For drivers wishing to turn left or go straight through these intersections, they must first turn right, and then make a U-turn.

    Allen Pope, NCDOT Div. 3 engineer, said the two intersections qualified for spot safety funding.

  • Fisherman dies in storm

    Scattered thunderstorms and rough seas didn’t keep many boats ashore during Saturday’s Jolly Mon Fishing Tournament, with more than 250 boats taking to the open sea, hoping to reel in a prize-worthy catch.

    But the thunderstorms and rough seas may have been the cause of at least one capsized boat, and contributed to the death of Supply fisherman Scott Hewett.