Local News

  • Victaulic to lay off 133 Leland plant employees

    Pipe company Victaulic will lay off 133 employees from its Leland plant, according to a report filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Director Jim Bradshaw said Victaulic makes an easy to install fire suppression product at the plant, which is in the Leland Industrial Park.

    Two of the Leland plant operations — manufacturing of rubber gaskets used in sprinkler head systems and pressfit operations — will move from Leland to another Victaulic facility.

  • Persons of interest sought in store break-in

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying five people in a breaking/entering and larceny that happened Monday, April 14, in Supply.

    Two women and three men are considered persons of interest in the crimes that occurred about 3 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Holden Beach Quick-n-Easy at 2685 SW Holden Beach Road.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ryan Newman at 880-4866.

  • Supply man faces murder charge in woman’s death

    A Supply man is charged with murder after one of the people he is accused of shooting during the weekend died, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested 36-year-old William Calvin Steward after they said he fired a rifle into an occupied vehicle Friday night, April 11.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen located

    Missing teen Hunter Howell has been safely located in the Supply area, according to a press release issued Friday morning by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    The sheriff’s office has sought the public’s help to find the 16-year-old had been missing for nearly a week.

  • Grissett found guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

     BOLIVIA — A jury took less than an hour to find 53-year-old Richard Hugh Grissett guilty of first-degree murder in Brunswick County Superior Court on Thursday, April 10.

    Grissett was also convicted of first-degree burglary, common law robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon in the killing of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward.

    Grissett was accused of beating and strangling Ward during a burglary at her Longwood home Nov. 12, 2012.

  • State rests its case in Grissett murder trial

     BOLIVIA — The morning after Richard Hugh Grissett, 53, was arrested in November 2012, he told Detective John Holman he was responsible for the death of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward, evidence showed Wednesday, April 9.

    Grissett is accused of beating Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home.

    Holman, of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, testified he was booking Grissett into the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Nov. 19, 2012, when Grissett became “extremely teary-eyed and clearly upset.”

  • Agents seek Southport man on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit is looking for a Southport man who is wanted on drug charges.

    Christian Dale Moore, 29, faces possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute cocaine, possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for the sale, manufacture or distribution of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

  • Former K9 officer guides puppy-mill rescue dogs at Brunswick shelter

    SUPPLY — When five German shepherds were seized from a puppy mill bust last month in Duplin County, they were transferred to the right place.

    Lt. Tommy Tolley, a former K9 officer who serves as director of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services, has been working with the rescued dogs since the bust and rescue of more than 50 dogs March 21 by Duplin County Animal Services.

  • Residents trash garbage collection for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — If the remarks of three residents ring true, most people in the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association community do not want to revert from the town recycling center to residential garbage pickup.

    Resident Marlene Stewart, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, April 7, said during public comment she has garnered opinions as a newly elected member of the Carolina Shores POA board.

  • Countdown to April 15: Preparers prep for last-minute filings

    With federal income tax return deadline-day less than a week away, local preparers are gearing up for last-minute business.

    Among them are John Bryant, Randy Wrigley and Jack Lohman, volunteers with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. The program offers free assistance and preparation with income-tax returns, especially for residents 60 and older.

    For the past few months, these three men and others have been part of a rotating roster of volunteers on hand to help at local libraries.