Local News

  • Oceanfront OIB house finalist in design contest

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Inside a photogenic house called Long Isle, at 210 E. First St., there’s a “sea of blue outside every ocean-side window.”

    That’s what publicist/decorator Catherine Sludds has to say about the two-story, blue-roofed vacation rental that is a finalist in Vacation House Review’s 2012 North Carolina Beach House Design Contest.

    Sludds and others who had a hand in the design and decorating scheme of the home are hopeful judges will feel the same way they do when the winning house is announced next month.

  • DSS and health boards abolished

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have taken over the county’s health and social services boards.

    In a 3-2 vote Monday night, with commissioners Charles Warren and Marty Cooke dissenting, commissioners dissolved the department of social services board and the board of health. Then they approved a resolution to assume control of the activities of a consolidated human services board. It’s effective immediately.

    The vote came after a lengthy public hearing and a presentation explaining the action by county manager Marty Lawing.

  • Co-defendant, state’s witness sentenced in murder

    Craig Bryant’s co-defendant Lora Ann Moultrie, 50, was sentenced Monday by Judge Thomas H. Lock.

    She pled guilty in July 2011 to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the role she played in Bradshaw’s murder.

    Moultrie was sentenced to 120 to 153 months or 10.25 to 12.75 years in prison.

  • Guilty: Life sentence without parole

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury has found Craig Bryant guilty of the 2008 murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw.

    The decision came Monday after four weeks of testimony and nearly two days of deliberating.

    Bryant, 50, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with a firearm. His sentences for these charges are to run consecutively.

  • Pedestrian killed near Carolina Shores

    A 61-year-old Myrtle Beach, S.C., man was killed after he was struck by a tractor-trailer rig as he walked up U.S. 17 near Carolina Shores early Sept. 13.

    James Arthur Best Jr. of 1007 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, died following the 5:30 a.m. incident last Thursday.

    According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Best was walking northbound in the roadway when he was hit by the northbound truck.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said the incident occurred in the highway between Country Club and Persimmon roads.

  • Commissioners clash in Calabash over costs and character

    CALABASH—What seemed to be a brief, routine public meeting erupted into a three-hour marathon when members of the town board of commissioners clashed at a monthly meeting Sept. 11.

    Several town commissioners questioned expenditures for the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks event this year as well as other costs handled by the town community services committee, for which town commissioner Daria Buccilli serves as liaison.


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  • UPDATE: Motorcycle rider dies; deputy charged

    A Virginia man has died after his motorcycle collided Monday with a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy cruiser.

    The motorcycle rider, Thomas Varney of Virginia, died after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Adam Lockner, 59, has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol with death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right-of-way.

  • Reward offered in arrest of “armed and dangerous” suspect


    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward up to $500 for the arrest of Brandon Lamar Stevenson.

    Stevenson, 23, is a suspect in a non-fatal shooting. The shooting took place about 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2526 Burnice Lane, Bolivia.

    Warrants have been issued for his arrest. The Sheriff’s Office advises that Stevenson should be considered armed and dangerous.

    The victim Zachary Jamal Hankins, 25, suffered a minor abrasion and didn’t require medical attention.

  • Craig Bryant found guilty of first-degree murder

    A Brunswick County jury has found Craig Bryant guilty of the first-degree murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw. He was also found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Bryant was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the charge of first-degree murder. The charge of conspiracy to commit murder carries 180 to 225 months and the charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon carries 72 to 96 months.

  • Ocean Isle Beach works to flush out a wastewater management plan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two public meetings in Ocean Isle Beach have revolved around whose going to be responsible for keeping toilets flushing on the island in the future.

    Mayor Debbie Smith explained to a packed commissioner’s chambers on Monday evening there is a need to do something about the town’s wastewater management plant. The state requires towns to begin plans for expansion when they are at 80 percent of disposal capacity. By 90 percent, construction is supposed to be under way. The disposal capacity is estimated by the state based on peak usage.