Today's News

  • Events commemorate spring, Easter season


    The spring and Easter season will be celebrated in style this week with a number of events planned in and around Brunswick County.

    Southport Spring Festival

    The annual event is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Franklin Square Park. Admission is free.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Highlights include more than 150 crafters, entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities.

  • BSL police arrest three Venus Flytrap trappers

    Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley reported three Brunswick County residents have been charged with stealing Venus Flytraps.

    According to Shirley, at approximately 6 p.m. on April 15, Boiling Spring Lakes police officers were dispatched to the area of Barclay Road after a witness who was walking their dog observed the three subjects acting suspiciously.

    As the witness approached the individuals discarded a bag that contained several Venus Flytraps in the edge of the woods, Shirley said.

  • 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.

  • Survivor recalls horror of 9/11

    BOLIVIA — Joe Dittmar remembers where he was and what he was doing Sept. 11, 2001.

    The Philadelphia native was one of only seven survivors out of 54 insurance executives attending a meeting that horrific morning on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York City.

  • Shallotte motorcycle builder won big at Daytona Bike Week

    Custom motorcycle builder Rodney Smith won two bike shows during Bike Week in Daytona Beach last month.

    The Shallotte resident won the bagger show – a contest for big touring bikes with saddlebags – at Boot Hill Saloon, sponsored by American Bagger magazine March 11.

    Smith designed a radical bagger, meaning a hand built bike, with a dragon theme which he named Draco.

    “It was built from scratch from a 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster, built from the frame up,” Smith said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ash man dies in ATV accident

     An Ash man died Friday night, April 11, in an ATV accident.

    Anthony Haynes, 49, was riding the ATV with his friend, William Cribb, who lost control of the ATV and flipped into a pond, pinning Haynes below the water just after 6:20 p.m.

    Haynes drowned and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Haynes’ death was ruled accidental and no charges will be filed, the highway patrol said.

  • Fire destroys two Leland homes

     A burn pit that wasn’t extinguished properly caused a fire that destroyed two homes in Leland’s Windsor Park neighborhood Sunday, April 17.

    No residents were injured.

    The fire, which started in a rolling cart between 1190 and 1188 Amber Pines Drive, was reported at 3:20 p.m.

    A resident said he watered down materials he had put in the cart from a burn pit before going to bed the night before, about five hours before emergency personnel responded.