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Today's News

  • Post-office hell delivers on least heavenly day

    I don’t like to complain — well, maybe I do. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

    The recent day I made one of my rare, debutante appearances at a post office near my home just across the state line was one of those days.

    It was a Tuesday morning — drop-dead newspaper deadline day. I should’ve known better. But I really, really wanted to pick up the package for which I had received notification via a pastel slip the postman had left in my South Carolina mailbox the previous Saturday.

  • BSRI director gets hero's serenade for rescue

    SHALLOTTE — Jim Fish was being a Good Samaritan when he stopped to assist with the rescue of a man who had driven into freezing water on an equally frigid day.

    When Fish, president and CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., along with fellow Ash resident Glenn Biddle, happened up on the Jan. 7 scene off Four Mile Road, he disregarded the cold and jumped into cold waist-deep water to save the man’s life.

    Last week, the Coastal Harmonizers launched into song to pay tribute.

  • Plant sale heralds spring

    Now that spring has finally sprung, the Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is gearing up for its annual plant sale April 3-5.

    This year’s event will be at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, in the greenhouse behind Building N, across from the botanical garden. Look for the signs.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    In anticipation of the upcoming sale, hundreds of colorful plants have been planted, and more shrubbery and trees will be brought in.

  • Marlowe earns state’s highest civilian honor

     In 1993, Sgt. Donnell Marlowe received a call about a car that had driven off the road south of Shallotte.

    “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he said.

    A car carrying two adults and their four children pulled off the side of the road to allow an emergency vehicle from Calabash to pass. As the vehicle pulled off, the tires slipped and the car became submerged in a ditch.

    Marlowe rushed to the scene to the find only the bumper sticking up from out of the water.

  • Tart accepts new position, CIS seeks to fill executive director role

     One of the county’s largest and most effective community-based organizations is searching for a new executive director.

    Cynthia Tart, who had served as founding executive director of Communities in Schools in Brunswick County since 1995, accepted a position in the organization’s state office.

    Nearly 20 years later, Tart, who resides in Oak Island, thought it was time for a change.

  • County real estate on the upswing

     SUPPLY— Homes are more affordable than they’ve been in the last five years in Brunswick County, said Steve Candler, CEO of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Candler and other local real estate leaders spoke about this topic and more at the Association of Realtors’ Media Luncheon on March 18 in Supply.

    Board president Wilson Sherrill presented the State of Brunswick County Real Estate to a group of more than 100 Realtors and real estate agents in the conference room at 101 Stone Chimney Place.

  • Murder trial begins Monday

     The trial of a Brunswick County man accused of beating an 86-year old Longwood woman to death in November 2012 is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31.

    Richard Hugh Grissett, 52, is charged with murder in death of Linnie Mae Ward of Longwood.

    Deputies were dispatched to her 1975 Gwynn Road NW residence about noon Nov. 13, 2012, when her death was reported. Detectives believe Ward was killed the night before after an obvious struggle, Sheriff John Ingram said in an interview soon after Grissett’s arrest.

  • Zeng and Niggles shoot and score with BEMC grant

     It’s the soccer equivalent of scoring a game-winning goal in the state playoffs to send their team to the championship game.

    Ian Niggles and Sam Zeng, a pair of West Brunswick High School soccer players, launched Free Kicks, a program to help the special needs youth population in Brunswick County develop soccer and social skills.

    The two students realized their program would need extra funding to support itself, so they embarked on another journey.

  • Deputies cleared in 2007 shooting of Leland man

     A pair of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies accused of excessive force in a 2007 shooting were cleared in a civil rights lawsuit in federal district court Thursday, March 20, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    The jury determined George Cooper, a Leland man who was shot by two deputies in May 2007 at his Maco Road home, had fired a shotgun at the officers. U.S. District Court Judge James Dever dismissed the case, saying the deputies were entitled to the use of excessive force and not liable for their actions.

  • Despite presence of coal ash, South field deemed safe for play

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — The debate over youth baseball fields usually centers around grass versus dirt infields, but a third surface has been thrown into the mix as Brunswick County Schools officials have discovered coal ash on the baseball field at South Brunswick Middle School.

    The field has been opened for use by students after state regulators determined coal ash left on the facility more than 20 years ago poses no health risks.