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Today's News

  • Ex-Trojan Markel Jones thriving at Louisburg

     BOLIVIA — Former West Brunswick baseball player Markel Jones was in uniform for Louisburg College when it played a non-region game April 2 against Brunswick Community College, and he showed the same form that made him a top player for the Trojans.

    Louisburg beat BCC 6-5 in 10 innings. Batting cleanup, Jones finished 1-for-5 with a single, a stolen base and a run sored. Entering the game against BCC, Jones was batting .365 with 12 RBIs. He had stolen 13 bases in 16 attempts. He had hit nine doubles, two triples and three home runs.

  • Grissett murder trial jurors selected, opening statements begin Thursday

    BOLIVIA — A jury has been selected for the trial of Richard Hugh Grissett, who is accused to beating 86-year old Linnie Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home in November 2012.

    After a two-day suppression hearing, jury selection began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, and lasted until 5 p.m. The jury is comprised of seven men and five women, with two alternate jurors. The group was chosen from a pool of 75 candidates.

  • 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.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    March 24

    Corey John Mulvaney, 18, 8 Queens Grant Circle, cited for taking items from Walmart valued at $14.88.

    March 25

    Justin Michael Charles Platts, 25, arrested on charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 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.

  • Robinsons celebrate 51st anniversary

     Billy and June Robinson are celebrating their 51st anniversary. They were married in Snow Hill, Md., on Dec. 28, 1962. They have two daughters, Lisa Ward of Supply and April Robinson of Shallotte. They also have three grandchildren: Coby Walker, Abby Perry and Jaye Ward Jr., all of Supply.

  • David and Lorick announce engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dr. Meredith Elizabeth David of Columbia, S.C., and Luke Clayton Lorick of Atlanta. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Fred David of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Neville and Mary Alice Lorick of Lexington, S.C. A May 10 wedding is planned at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel on Ocean Isle Beach.

  • 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.