Today's News

  • Sam Yarbrough disqualified in race

    By Bill Hennecy
    Special to The Beacon
    Sam Yarbrough’s Whelen All-American Late Model Stock win Aug. 18 at Myrtle Beach Speedway has been nullified.
    Yarbrough took the checkered flag in the 40-lap feature race and was protested during victory lane ceremonies. Anthony Anders, who ran second and is battling with Yarbrough for the NASCAR track and state championships, posted a protest fee and filed an appeal for further review by NASCAR Whelen Late Model officials.

  • Cougars stop Ashley, win in overtime

    By Shannon Leslie
    Beacon Correspondent
    WILMINGTON—It was old-school, smash-mouth football Friday night at Ashley High School as South Brunswick scored twice in the fourth quarter and won 41-40 in overtime.
    The final play came down to a two-point conversion attempt by Ashley. On the attempt, Cougar senior Johnie “Shaq” Bryant and sophomore Malik Douglas stuffed Ashley running back Quincy Rhodes in the backfield.

  • Trojans finish 1-1 in Battle at the Beach

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick High School soccer team beat Croatan 3-2 Friday in an opening-round game of the Battle at the Beach. On Saturday, West lost 2-1 to Richlands.
    “It was a pretty good weekend in the slop,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “We played in the rain on Friday and we played in the slop the rain left on Saturday. Against Croatan, there was a mud puddle in the middle of the field that ball got stuck in a couple of times.

  • Protect pets and people from deadly diseases

    Rabies is well documented here in Brunswick County. So far this year we have had four confirmed cases of animals with this disease.
    Most recently a bobcat went after a dog and a man in Oak Island. The man was able to kill the bobcat with a tire iron. Luckily the man and dog weren’t hurt.
    There have been three other confirmed cases in the county, including a raccoon that attacked a dog in Supply. The dog, which was not vaccinated against rabies, had to be put down. A fox also attacked people in Oak Island earlier this year.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 15

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Daniel Thurston and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Successful Cape Fear Academy coach to lead BCC women’s basketball

     Joe Gaughan, who has coached girls’ basketball for 12 years at Cape Fear Academy and won 188 games, will be the women’s basketball coach this season at Brunswick Community College.

    “It seems to be a really good fit for us,” BCC athletics director Robbie Allen said about Gaughan, a Leland resident.

    “(Cape Fear) didn’t want to lose him. They said, ‘Please don’t take him away from us.’”

  • 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.

  • Reporting from the courtroom: Trial testimonials can try the soul

    It takes guts to do the right thing.

    For the last week, I have sat in Brunswick County Superior Criminal Court watching as the murder trial of Craig Bryant unfolds. Bryant is accused of murdering Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in late April 2008.

    One-by-one as the witnesses have taken the stand, I have seen one thing in common—nervousness. Yes, there have been a few witnesses who are more seasoned at being put on the stand to testify, but the majority are not.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report


    Ocean Isle Beach crime report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Simple possession and drug paraphernalia on Old Causeway Drive; suspect was smoking marijuana under the bridge.

    •Carl Wesley Caudill, 26, of 1323 Drumcliffe Road, Winston-Salem, was charged with simple possession and drug paraphernalia.