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  • Ocean Isle Beach couple wins more than $660,000 in lottery

    Dale Strickland of Ocean Isle Beach had a big suprise for his wife last week.

    After hearing a Southport couple had won $100,000 playing the lottery, he broached the subject with his wife, Beth, a retired teacher.

    “A couple from Southport won $100,000,” he said to her. “Tell me 10 things you would do with $100,000.”

    The first few items on her list, such as new beach chairs, sounded conservative to Dale. So he asked her to walk to the ocean with him to talk more.

  • State’s witness accuses Bryant as testimony continues in murder trial

    BOLIVIA—The girlfriend of the man on trial for killing a local Realtor says he didn’t want to be a disgrace to his family.

    That was part of testimony last week as Lora Ann Moultrie took the stand for the prosecution. She is testifying against Craig Bryant, 50, who is on trial for killing Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in 2008.

  • Lotto madness: What a winning streak

    Brunswick County residents must be feeling lucky lately. There have been some big wins here from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    On Tuesday, lottery officials announced a Carolina Cash 5 ticket sold on Saturday matched all five numbers and is worth $661,409.

    The ticket was sold at the Palms Grocery on Ocean Highway East in Winnabow. The winning numbers in Saturday night’s drawing were 8-18-19-28-35.

    By press time Tuesday, the winner(s) had not come forward to claim the prize.

  • Boulevard building halt on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is poised to consider a proposed building moratorium along Sunset Boulevard at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 10.

    The session begins at 6:45 p.m. with a pre-meeting workshop at town hall.

    An agenda attachment for the meeting states council could consider invoking a development moratorium, which would first require a public hearing. The hearing could be scheduled for council’s Oct. 1 meeting.

  • Carolina Shores UDO up for review, possible adoption Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—With the town board poised to adopt its Unified Development Ordinance update, a resident pointed out two concerns at a Monday workshop.

    Former town commissioner Gere Dale, speaking during public comment at the morning session, took issue with two sections in the UDO draft that will be presented and explained to the public at 2 p.m. Thursday at town hall.

  • Brunswick Schools assessment points way to accreditation

    A recent assessment finding “interference” by the Brunswick County Board of Education with administrative responsibilities was not specifically addressed at a subsequent board retreat Aug. 15.

    Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki noted Tuesday in a response to the Beacon the session attended by AdvancED consultant Joe Delaney addressed the final report of a review by a quality assurance review team April 1-4.

    Swencki added the retreat was a first opportunity the board and schools cabinet had as a group to discuss findings.

  • Labor Day weekend brings out impaired drivers on moonlit night

    CALABASH—Under a full moon, as muggy August melted into sultry September, law enforcement was out en masse last Friday night, on the lookout for impaired drivers.

    Annual Labor-Day-weekend Hands Across the Border checkpoints involved law enforcement officers throughout the region. With assorted officers posted at three key entry/exit routes, it was difficult for drivers crossing the Carolinas border in Brunswick County to skirt their scrutiny during checkpoints that launched at 10 p.m. Friday and continued until the wee hours Saturday.

  • DSS board re-appoints interim director

    In a special-called emergency meeting Thursday, the Brunswick County DSS board re-appointed previous interim DSS director Neil Walters to that post. It’s effective Sept. 4.

    Walters’ appointment follows the Tuesday, Aug. 28, firing of DSS director Patty Connelly. After Connelly was fired, the board voted to hire Sandy Jackson, a DSS income maintenance supervisor, as interim director.

  • Fundraiser to honor the memory of Billy Stone


    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It is a phone call she will never forget.

    Amanda Stone was working the night shift at Lowes Foods when she got the call.

    “It was 5:30 a.m. when I got the call. I had to tell our parents,” Amanda said. “It was the worst day of my life.”

    Amanda Stone is Billy Ray Stone’s older sister; he was the youngest of seven children. Billy, 20, was driving home from work in Wilmington last year when he died in a wreck.

  • Testimony in murder trial continues

    BOLIVIA—Did a real estate deal gone bad end in murder?

    That is the question one jury in Brunswick County must answer.

    The jury trial for Craig Juan Bryant, 50, is unfolding in Brunswick County Superior Criminal Court with Thomas H. Lock as the presiding judge.

    Testimony began on Wednesday, August 22, as the district attorney’s office began unveiling details surrounding the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw.