Local News

  • 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.

  • BCC Board of Trustees approves articulation agreement

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees has made it much easier for students to transfer to four-year universities within the North Carolina system.

    The State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors revised an agreement between the two systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow for prospective transfer students.

    The agreement will officially take effect this fall as the trustees unanimously approved it at their monthly meeting Thursday, March 20.

  • Body found on Bald Head Island ID’d as missing Southport man

    A body found off Bald Head Island lat week was positively identified as a missing Southport man, Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said.

    Adam Karami Muhammad, 22, had been missing since Feb. 14. A man walking his dog found the remains March 17 on Bald Head Island near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    An autopsy Thursday, March 20, was unable to positively identify the body. Dove said dental records later confirmed a wisdom tooth that led authorities to determine the body was Muhammad’s.

  • Shallotte woman accused of setting fire to residence

    A Shallotte woman is accused of setting the fire that destroyed her residence Thursday afternoon.

    Lisa Watts Stillwell, 49, of 363 Longs Circle, is charged with second-degree arson, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Stillwell, who was arrested Thursday night by members of the Brunswick County Fire Investigation Task Force, is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.

  • Five arrested, accused of kidnapping, armed robbery

    Five people arrested March 18 are accused of kidnapping and committing armed robberies in the Shallotte area.

    Colin Chase Bennett, 24, of Supply, is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, common law robbery, robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of kidnapping, assault on a female, assault by strangulation, interference with emergency communication and possession of stolen property. He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Ice storm debris digs into pockets of some Brunswick County towns

    Brunswick County and its municipalities have taken different approaches to cleaning up the damaged trees caused by the Feb. 19 ice storm, the second one to hit the area this winter.

    Depending on how hard the area was hit, the local towns have either seen an unexpected bill come from the storm damage or were able to leave debris removal to the property owners.


    Shallotte public works crews continue to remove debris from the most recent ice storm.