Local News

  • UNCW brings radar to examine Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park

    BELVILLE — Researchers from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington tested out their newest technology to examine the history in Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Dr. Eleanora Reber of the UNCW Department of Anthropology and Drs. Scott Nooner and Eman Ghoneim of the UNCW Department of Geography and Geology brought a ground penetrating radar (GPR) to the park to look for the remnants of structures that once stood there.

  • Boating safety promoted as summer approaches

    Safe Boating Week only runs from May 16-22, but boating safety proponents see this week as an important kickoff to a season of boating safety awareness.

    “The week before Memorial Day kicks off boating season,” said Glenn P. McVicker, public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-05 of Southport. “We try to use this as a fire starter for thinking about safe boating all summer.”

  • Family celebrates Supply native Tuskegee Airman with tribute, reunion

    SUPPLY — Wilbert C Gore Sr., a Tuskegee Airman and native of Brunswick County, was celebrated for both reasons by his extended family Saturday.

    Gore, who was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Supply, lives in Portsmouth, Va. But his sons, Glene and Wilbert Jr. said their father wanted to come back for a happy occasion — to see his hometown again — instead of a family funeral.

  • Tropical storm leaves cannonball on Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Wind and rain weren’t the only weapons Tropical Storm Ana brought to land last week. The storm that made landfall in Brunswick County on May 10 also attacked Ocean Isle Beach with a cannonball.

    Terry Bryant, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation for the Museum of Coastal Carolina, where the cannonball wound up, said Ocean Isle Beach’s utilities maintenance supervisor, Bobby Hardy, found the cannonball.

  • Appeals court upholds convictions in separate cases

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of two people who were charged with murder in separate Brunswick County cases, according to a news release issued by the District Attorney’s Office.

    Richard Hugh Grissett, 54, was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward of Longwood.

    A jury took less than an hour to find Grissett guilty of first-degree murder April 10, 2014.

    He also was convicted of first-degree burglary, common law robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon in the slaying.

  • Men indicted in sexual assault cases

    Two Leland men accused of sexually assaulting children in separate cases were indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury May 4.

    Scott Kenneth Aubrey, 36, of Macklin Street, was indicted on a sell/deliver schedule III controlled substance charge and two counts of statutory rape.

  • Residents and families enjoy ‘senior’ prom

    BOLIVIA — Seniors at Universal Health Care had May 16 circled on their calendars since the start of 2015.

    Once a year, the front of the assisted living facility off Old Ocean Highway is decorated for the facility’s annual prom.

    This year, 12 tables were set up under the canopy out front with balloons tied to tables and chairs. Another table accommodated a DJ who had her laptop ready to play all of the requests she received from residents and patients.

  • Four rescued from ocean in Sunset Beach

    Three adults and a child were rescued from the ocean Sunday, May 17, after getting caught in strong currents at Sunset Beach.

    Around 2:30 Sunday afternoon, May 17, town beach patrol was alerted about a child in distress in the water about 100 yards from the shore east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    Three adults went into the water to assist the child, who was brought safely back to shore by one of the adults.

  • Sunset Beach issues alert about IRS tax scam

    The town of Sunset Beach has issued a notice to residents about an IRS tax scam.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner said her department recently received several complaints about bogus phone calls. The callers identify themselves as agents from the Internal Revenue Service who tell the person answering the telephone they are being sued by the IRS.

    Joyner said the callers have been very persistent, urging call recipients to wire money.

  • DENR recommends no more emissions tests

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is recommending the state eliminate vehicular emissions testing in more than two dozen counties, including Brunswick County, in 2016.

    Emissions tests are required in 48 counties for most cars and lightweight trucks at a cost of $16.40 each.

    Citing improved air quality, DENR secretary Donald R. van der Vaart said last month eliminating testing can be done without harming air quality or violating federal standards.