Today's News

  • The golfers among us: Ted Lide, Vietnam hero

    A few weeks ago, I began the series “The Golfers Among Us.” We have a fabulous, fantastic, fascinating mix of people here in Brunswick County and I wanted to feature some of our local citizen/golfers.

    This week, we honor one of our military heroes: Ted Lide. He is a gentle, humble man, yet he is also the most decorated Vietnam veteran hailing from South Carolina.

  • 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.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 7

    Larceny; someone took two fishing reels worth $21.92 from Wal-Mart without paying for them.

    May 8

    Identity theft; someone used victim’s personal information to obtain services from Verizon wireless.

    May 11

  • 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.

  • WBHS Show Choir presents award-winning concert May 21

    Last Saturday, May 9, the West Brunswick High School Show Choir traveled to Atkins A & T High School in Winston-Salem to win third place in the state finals of the William Peace University North Carolina Show Choir Competition.

    The choir, one of eight high schools in the competition, will present its award-winning performance at a free spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited.