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  • Brunswick County growth numbers best since 2006

    The U.S. Census Bureau released figures in March that identified Brunswick County as the fastest-growing county in North Carolina.

    The Census Bureau determines population numbers through the census, which is completed every 10 years and last performed in 2010. The Census Bureau estimates population figures annually in the interim years.

    Brunswick County’s population grew from 112,197 in 2012 to 115,301 in 2013.

  • Smart Start trailer stolen in Shallotte

    Police are looking for the person who stole Smart Start of Brunswick County’s event trailer last week.

    Linda Gironda, executive director of Smart Start of Brunswick County, said the trailer was stolen late last Thursday night or early Friday morning. It had been parked at the Smart Start facility on 5140 Sellers St. in Shallotte.

    It was scheduled for use on Saturday, April 5, at Kids Art Day in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

  • Testimony continues in Grissett murder trial

     BOLIVIA — A day after Richard Hugh Grissett, 53, was arrested and charged with the murder of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward in November 2012, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members found the rifle she had used to try to defend herself in a pond beside Grissett’s home, evidence showed Tuesday, April 8.

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

  • Decades Dance celebrates BCC’s 35-year anniversary




    What: Brunswick Community College Blue & Teal Decades Dance


    When: Friday, April 11, 5:30 to 11 p.m.


    Where: Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, Brunswick Community College


    How much: $10 for alumni, faculty and staff; $20 general admission


    For tickets, go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-teal-decades-dance-tickets-10802814509?ref=ebtn



  • Proposal could lead to change in school start times

     The Brunswick County Schools district has proposed a change in bell times for elementary, middle and high schools in the coming school year.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden announced the proposal at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s April 1 monthly meeting.

    It would have elementary school bells ringing at 7:35 a.m., with high schools pushed to 8:40 a.m. and middle schools beginning at 8:50 a.m.

  • Prosecution makes opening statement in murder trial, testimony begins

    Prosecutors said Richard Grissett’s need to get high brought him to the one of the lowest points of his life: Standing trial for the killing of an 86-year-old Longwood woman.

    Grissett is accused of beating Linne Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her home. Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said the crime resulted from Grissett’s desire to feed his crack cocaine addiction.

  • Sunset Beach teen's body found in Shallotte River
  • Winnabow man accused of assaulting pregnant woman

    Deputies have arrested a Winnabow man accused of assaulting a pregnant woman.

    Maurice Kendell Wright, 29, of River Road SE, is accused of habitual misdemeanor assault, assault on a female, battery of an unborn child and assault inflicting serious injury, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred March 31 in the Leland area.

    Wright, who was arrested Friday, April 4, is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $65,000 bail.

  • Grissett murder trial postponed until Monday

    BOLIVIA — The trial of Richard Grissett, who charged with first-degree murder in the death of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward, has been postponed until next week because the judge fell ill, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Grissett, 52, is accused of beating Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home in November 2012.

    Judge Wayland Sermons became sick and notified the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday morning, April 3.

  • Winnabow man dies in Funston Road crash

    A Winnabow man was killed Wednesday, April 2, when his car flipped on Funston Road off N.C. 87.

    Jesse Mason, 23, crossed the center line in his Ford Explorer, and when he tried to get back in his lane, he lost control of his vehicle, Sgt. P.M. Sanders of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

    Sanders said Mason then crossed the center line again and ran off the left side of the road.

    “His vehicle then hit a tree and that’s when the car flipped,” Sanders said. “He actually crossed the center line twice.”