Today's News

  • Six months later: Lung transplant patient breathing easier upon happy homecoming

    SHALLOTTE — Buddy Norris was definitely breathing easier.

    Nearly six months after receiving double-lung transplant surgery and intensive follow-up treatment in Atlanta, the Shallotte sign-maker is finally back home.

    Norris, 52, returned to his residence with his wife, Amy, this past Saturday, May 16, from Atlanta, where he had been living since undergoing surgery at Emory University Hospital just days before Thanksgiving last November.

  • Habitat volunteer accused of stealing van, money from Leland ReStore

    A Habitat for Humanity volunteer is accused of stealing a van and money from the organization’s new Leland ReStore.

    Leland police arrested 20-year-old Steven Lynn Spell Jr., of Carolina Avenue in Leland, on Tuesday, May 19, and charged him with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle and safecracking, according to a news release.

    Police responded to a break-in reported that day at the store on Village Road, the release said. A van belonging to the organization was stolen, along with $750 from a safe.

  • Family celebrates Supply native Tuskegee Airman with tribute, reunion

    SUPPLY — Wilbert C Gore Sr., a Tuskegee Airman and native of Brunswick County, was celebrated for both reasons by his extended family Saturday.

    Gore, who was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Supply, lives in Portsmouth, Va. But his sons, Glene and Wilbert Jr. said their father wanted to come back for a happy occasion — to see his hometown again — instead of a family funeral.

  • Two men charged in Calabash gun theft

    Two Tabor City men are accused of breaking into a Calabash business May 10 and stealing eight guns.

    Joseph Bryan Nealey, 37, of Swamp Fox Highway East, and Edward Devon Grainger, 30, of 832 Big Avenue, are each charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm, warrants show. Nealey also is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • Kindred Spirit back in business

    It took a team of dedicated volunteers to restore the Kindred Spirit site to its original glory.

    Last Thursday morning, May 14, the team trekked down to the popular notebook-writing spot on Bird Island to right the wrong caused by Tropical Storm Ana when the May 10 storm blew through, sweeping away the renowned Kindred Spirit mailbox, its bench and American flag and bending the flagpole.

    After a search, the damaged mailbox was found as was the bench, which had been washed almost down to the Little River, S.C., jetties.

  • Revaluation could increase county tax rate to 48.50 cents

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s proposed budget for 2015-16 would increase the tax rate to 48.50, up from 44.25 cents.

    County Manager Ann Hardy presented the county board of commissioners with a $214.2 million budget proposal at their Monday, May 19, meeting. The 2014-15 budget was $210.2 million

    Hardy said the budget will be balanced with $3.06 million from the fund balance.

  • 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.

  • Boating safety promoted as summer approaches

    Safe Boating Week only runs from May 16-22, but boating safety proponents see this week as an important kickoff to a season of boating safety awareness.

    “The week before Memorial Day kicks off boating season,” said Glenn P. McVicker, public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-05 of Southport. “We try to use this as a fire starter for thinking about safe boating all summer.”

  • Navassa teen reported missing found safe

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a Navassa teen reported missing endangered.

    Micheal Arthur Hook, 16, was last seen on Ivester Court carrying a blue sleeping bag and was believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment and was found safe.

    The center, which issued the alert Tuesday afternoon, canceled it late Tuesday night.

  • 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.