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  • Teen dies after falling from truck

    A 13-year-old boy died Monday, Aug. 5, when he fell from the back of a pickup driven by his best friend near Holden Beach.

    John Paul Smith Jr. was riding in the bed of the truck, driven by 15-year-old Danny Parker Jr., when it happened at 1:43 p.m., N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T.D. Wheeler said.

    Parker was preparing to make right turn onto Red Bud Road from Oyster Lane in Supply, toward Holden Beach. Just as he began to make the turn, Smith stood up, lost his balance, fell from the truck and hit his head, Wheeler said.

  • Holden Beach vacationers, homeowners collect 100,000 pounds of food

    People whip their cars into the Holden Beach Chapel parking lot and pop out of the front-seat doors like sideways jacks-in-the-box.

    Then they fling open the door of the back seat, trunk or hatchback and snatch up bags of groceries. Volunteers say “thank you” as they receive the bags and immediately put them on a set of scales.

    The contributors are back in their cars in less than three minutes and headed home, wherever home may be. People who donated food Saturday, July 27 came from as far away as Utah and Nevada.

  • Officers seek man who robbed Supply business Monday night

    Brunswick County law enforcement officers are looking for the man who robbed a business in Supply on Monday night. No one was injured.

    A call came into the Brunswick County 911 center regarding the armed robbery of Lucy’s Island Girl at 2920 Holden Beach Road at 6:20 p.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Grand jury indicts man in case of 3-year-old boy’s death

    Montey Andrea Murray has been indicted on first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the 2012 death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

    The grand jury’s indictment Monday comes more than a year after the Shallotte boy died of injuries he suffered while in Murray’s care.

    Murray has been in jail since that time, after law enforcement officers said he led them on a high-speed chase from the hospital where he had taken Jaronn.

  • Judge sentences Leland man to 30 years in prison in child porn case

    A Leland man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release after admitting to producing child pornography.

    Bruce Wayne Lorette, 34, was first charged in an indictment Oct. 24, 2012, with 10 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker. After more evidence was discovered, Lorette was named in a criminal information filed March 7 charging him with producing child pornography, a charge to which he pleaded guilty May 13.

  • Randy Thompson kicks off campaign for Brunswick County commissioner

    SUNSET BEACH — Former Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson, a Republican, has announced he will run for the District 1 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners in 2014.

    Thompson, now a small business owner, is seeking the seat currently held by board of commissioners’ chairman Phil Norris, who has announced he will not seek re-election. 

    In a press release issued Aug. 1, Norris offers his support for Thompson’s candidacy in a statement.

  • Brunswick County detention officer fired after inmate assaulted

    A Brunswick County detention officer has been fired after being charged with assaulting an inmate at the Brunswick County Jail.

    Henry Michael Williams, 51, of Cross Road Trail, Bolivia, is accused of assaulting inmate James Matthew Cain by pushing him to the ground while Cain was in leg restraints Wednesday, July 31, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Following an investigation requested by Sheriff John Ingram, Williams was charged with one count of simple assault, a misdemeanor offense, by the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Back to Basics is focus for back to school

    Brunswick County Schools administrators reverted to the essentials when devising this year’s school supply list, especially in anticipation of the Carolinas’ sales tax-free weekend Aug. 2-4.

    Members of the Teacher Advisory Council, central services staff, and county principals collaborated to make the list, called Back to Basics.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council to discuss beach safety at special meeting Monday

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has scheduled a special meeting for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the town hall conference room to discuss beach safety in the wake of recent drownings in Sunset Beach and the adjacent towns of Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.

    Council may take action during this special meeting, according to a meeting notice posted by town clerk Lisa Anglin.

  • Candidate says college degree 'invalidated'

    State senate candidate Danny Hefner has issued an update stating his college degree has been invalidated.

    Hefner issued the statement last week in response to someone whom he said had been contacting local news outlets denouncing his educational background as fraudulent.

    In a statement sent to the Beacon, Hefner said he and his team started working to find out why the allegations were being levied against him.