Local News

  • Ocean Isle Beach pushes for largest terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If Ocean Isle Beach is approved for a terminal groin, town officials want to go big.

    Board members voted March 20 to endorse a 750-foot terminal groin recommendation to the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Town officials met with Ken Willson and Tom Jarrett of Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina to review an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is required for approval of a terminal groin project.

  • Iler touts Brunswick company for coal ash cleanup

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has pitched a Brunswick County business as a possible solution to Duke Energy’s environmental pollution problem.

    On Friday, March 21, state regulators asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up pollution caused by its coal ash spill onto the banks of the Dan River near Eden in early February.

  • Family of Town Creek Confederate Army veteran dedicates new grave marker

    TOWN CREEK —The ancestors of Civil War Sgt. Andrew Jackson Potter held a family reunion of sorts Sunday, March 30, meeting at his gravesite off Rock Creek Road in Town Creek to replace a missing headstone.

    Dale Coleman Spencer, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Potter led the effort to install a new grave marker for the relative she only recently learned about.

    Spencer said she discovered her family connection to Potter through genealogy records.

  • Southport city manager involved in golf-cart accident

     Southport’s city manager accidentally struck a pedestrian with his golf cart last week, Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said.

    Kerry McDuffie was leaving Southport City Hall about 1:15 p.m. March 25 when he accidentally ran into a woman who was walking down the street, Dove said. The woman was treated and released from Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport that same day.

    No charges have been filed, Dove said.


    Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.

  • Judge rules key evidence admissible in murder trial

     BOLIVIA — A judge has ruled that a recording in which Richard Grissett tells investigators he is responsible for the death of an 86-year old Longwood woman can be admitted as evidence in Grissett’s first-degree murder trial.

    Grissett, 52, is accused of beating Linnie Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her home Nov. 12, 2012.

    Judge Wayland Sermons is presiding over Grissett’s trial in Brunswick County Criminal Superior Court. The trial, which began Monday, March 31, is expected to last about two weeks.

  • Sheriffs, Attorney General address statewide evidence backlog

     Attorney General Roy Cooper and law enforcement officers from across North Carolina, including Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, gathered in Wilmington last week for the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Spring Conference to discuss several issues, including the evidence backlog at the state level.

    Law enforcement and prosecutors across the Tar Heel State have experienced difficulties in obtaining results of evidence testing.

  • ‘Grandparents scam’ returns to Brunswick County

     A scam preying on grandparents is again making the rounds in Brunswick County.

    A Sunset Beach woman who recognized it through a suspicious phone call is warning others about the dangers of a con artist on the other line.

    Lillie Little received several phone calls in a two-week span that alerted her to the possibility of the scam returning to the area.

  • Brunswick County improves in annual health rankings report

     Brunswick County continued its rise in the annual county health ratings, according to the latest County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report.

    Brunswick ranked 34th out of 100 counties in the report, moving up three spots from last year’s standing of 37th. The 2014 ranking is 13 standings lower than the 2012 of ranking of 47th in North Carolina.

  • Schools keep ‘Arts Alive’

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the arts are an extension of the core curriculum.

    So he was proud last Friday night when students from 11 of the district’s schools performed at the 14th Annual Arts Alive at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • New Carolina Shores town administrator on the job

    CAROLINA SHORES — New Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall started his first official day with the town Tuesday, April 1, with the usual get-acquainted routine.

    His first order of business was a 9 a.m. meeting with town staff at town hall.

    Mendenhall, 30, was hired by the town board of commissioners in February. He replaces former town administrator Mike Hargett, who resigned in November to become Brunswick County’s new planning and community development director.