Local News

  • 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.

  • Shallotte: Cat city or breeding ground?

    SHALLOTTE—During August, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has met twice to discuss town changes and both times talk turned to feral cats.

    At the Aug. 7 regular board meeting, aldermen heard from Paws-Ablity. The group asked the town to participate in a pilot spay/neuter program.

  • DSS director fired effective immediately

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services Director was fired Tuesday afternoon.

    Patty Connelly was hired as DSS director by the board on April 11, 2011. She was fired on Aug. 28 and escorted from the building.

    The board has been meeting in several recent closed sessions, which it did again on Tuesday. After returning to open session, board member Bernest Hewett made the motion to terminate Connelly.

    “I move to end Ms. Connelly’s employment,” Hewett said.

  • Calabash veteran recalls meeting Neil Armstrong on Xmas Day 1969

    On Christmas Day 1969, around the world families gathered to exchange gifts and to remember the gift of the Christ Child.

    In one little spot on this large planet, though, the atmosphere was far from family life, although the Christ Child was a comfort for many who found themselves in Vietnam.

    For years, the Christmas gift-giver for American troops was Bob Hope.

    He would gather the stars of the day and fly with them to remote lands where American troops were serving. This time it was another trip to Vietnam.