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  • UPDATESheriff's deputies charge two suspects with Realtor's murder

    First published online at 9:20 p.m. 5/8/2008

    Updated at 1:20 p.m. 5/9/2008

    On Thursday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Craig Juan Bryant, 46, 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, also of 4395 Owendon Drive, for the murder of Shallote Realtor Adam Bradshaw.

  • Incumbents safe in commissioners' primary

    County commissioners incumbents May Moore and Tom Rabon are safe in their seats—at least until November.

    Both Democratic incumbents secured enough votes to move on to the November election. Newcomer Charles Warren secured the Republican nomination for District 3 and will face Moore in the general election.

    Warren defeated Pete Enis, 2,877 votes to 2,674 votes.

    Moore, the District 3 Democrat, secured 6,131 votes, or 42 percent of the votes, over challengers Boyd Williamson, with 5,393 votes, and Bobby Hewett, with 3,033 votes.

  • Ray Gilbert unseated in board race

    Olaf (Bud) Thorsen edged out current Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert and candidate Tracey Danka, securing the Republican nomination for District 1 of Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Thorsen, 50, served on the Board of Education from 1994-2004, and served as board chairman from 2000-2002.

    “I hope to bring my experience back to that board,” Thorsen said. “I’m energized, and I know I’ve got the qualifications and the background. I look forward to being on the board again.”

  • Man's death considered a homicide

    What began as a missing person investigation is now a homicide investigation.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office homicide/major crimes unit is investigating the homicide of Adam Bradshaw, a 34-year-old Shallotte real estate agent who was first reported missing April 26.

    Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, sheriff’s deputies found Bradshaw’s body off Watts Road near Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bradshaw was shot once, chief deputy John Ingram said, but would not say where he was shot.

  • Controversial boat trailer laws may be changed when legislature convenes

    Stories of patrolmen pulling over recreational fishermen for pulling their boats on Sundays, after dark and on holidays have been making the rounds in North Carolina for the past year, sparking complaints sport fishermen may avoid the state altogether.

    The N.C. Board of Transportation, the N.C. General Assembly, local fishermen and town officials want state laws regarding trailers amended to keep it from happening again.

  • Commissioners boast full roster, appoint chair and vice-chair

    BOLIVIA—And then there were five.

    County commissioners on Monday appointed their newest member to the board—Marty Cooke.

    Cooke was selected by the Brunswick County Republican Party Executive Committee last month to serve as county commissioner until the first meeting in December; and to appear on the ballot on Election Day this November.

    The seat was vacated April 4 with the death of longtime county commissioner and past chairman David Sandifer.

  • Women's Bar Association begins volunteer work

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—They weren’t exactly in their element, wielding hammers and saws and measuring vinyl siding, but seven members of the Brunswick County Women’s Bar Association were proud to be on site at the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house last week.

    Group members gathered at the construction site on Dixon Street, the county-sponsored Habitat project, on May 1 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Law Day.”

  • Dems to vote for sheriff Saturday

    The race for the next sheriff is drawing to a close. Ten candidates have expressed interest in the job, but any Democrat who meets the criteria could still pull a last-minute upset Saturday.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee and other eligible voters, totaling at least 105, will cast their votes for a nominee for sheriff at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway, Supply.

  • Cooke appointed new county commissioner

    Marty Cooke wears many hats—businessman, husband, father, community and political activist.

    On Monday, the 51-year-old father of four officially donned his newest hat as a county commissioner.

    As his wife Catherine and their children—Katie, 16; Mary Lou, 13; John, 9; and Annabelle, 7—looked on, Cooke took his oath of office as county commissioner at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

  • Strong voter turnout reported Tuesday

    Voter turnout in Brunswick County was good for a primary election, said Greg Bellamy, Brunswick County’s director of elections.

    The unofficial tally Tuesday night showed a turnout of 23,573 voters or 33.6 percent of the county’s 70,139 registered voters.

    Of that number, 16,808 voted in the Democratic primary, 6,690 in the Republican primary and 62 posted nonpartisan ballots.

    Bellamy said the fact it was a presidential primary probably drew more voters.

    “You had more candidates at the national, state and local level,” he said.