Today's News

  • 5K race takes place in Shallotte

    Staff Report

    Todd Robertson, 44, of Ocean Isle Beacon, won the Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County 5K Turkey Trot in 18 minutes, 47 seconds.
    The runners ran through downtown Shallotte on a chilly, overcast Saturday morning. The race, which attracted nearly 200 runners, began and ended at Planet Fun and was a benefit for Girls on the Run and Stride.
    George Redman, 41, of Surfside Beach, S.C., was second in 19:37.

  • Man arrested for murder of elderly Longwood woman


    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has arrested Richard Hugh Grissett, 51, of Shallotte, and charged him in the murder of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward of Longwood.

    Grissett is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond.

    On Monday, Nov. 26, Grissett was indicted for first-degree murder by a grand jury in Brunswick County Superior Court. He was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree burglary and common-law robbery.

  • Look for ways to give back this holiday season

    Retailers across the country are hoping as soon as you put down your fork and swallow the last bit of your Thanksgiving meal that you’ll put on your most comfortable shoes and head out for a day of shopping Thursday.
    While holiday shopping has traditionally began the day after Thanksgiving, more and more retailers are hoping to lure you in with special deals Thursday instead of waiting for Black Friday.

  • Rouzer requests recount

    Republican state Sen. David Rouzer has requested a recount of votes cast in the Nov. 6 7th-Congressional District race between himself and Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre.

    Rouzer’s campaign issued a statement Tuesday morning.

  • Newly expanded McDonald's reopens near Grissettown

    Morning coffee-drinkers and Egg McMuffin-eaters can rejoice.

    McDonald’s at the corner of U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 has reopened after being demolished to make way for an extensive rebuild.

    Plans called for the new McDonald’s to be more than double the size of the old 22-year-old building, with an 80-seat capacity. The old McDonald’s had a 30-seat capacity.

    The new McDonald’s has a double side-by-side drive-thru, an inside play area consisting of musical instruments, an outside patio and a new stone facade.

  • More donations to aid Sandy victims fill Silver Coast barrel room

    GRISSETTOWN—More donations have come through to aid people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    It was enough, in fact, to fill the barrel room at Silver Coast Winery, where volunteers were busy sorting and labeling items last week to take to aid people in storm-devastated New York and New Jersey.

  • McIntyre beats Rouzer on vote-count canvass

    Incumbent Mike McIntyre has been re-elected to his ninth term in U.S. Congress.

    As 12 counties in the 7th Congressional district finished their canvassing process last Friday, Nov. 16, the final vote tally showed McIntyre with 168,697 votes to Republic opponent David Rouzer’s 168,042. It was a victory margin by 655 votes for McIntyre in the Nov. 6 General Election.

    Based on these latest tallies, McIntyre’s percentage is just slightly more than 50 percent—50.09 percent to 49.9 percent for Rouzer—a difference of .19 percent.

  • Calabash board removes long-range planning proposals

    CALABASH—A majority of town commissioners have voted not to consider long-range-planning items posed by another commissioner.

    At the board’s Nov. 13 monthly meeting, town commissioners Jody Nance, Emily DiStasio, Sandy Melahn and Buddy Walton voted to remove two items posed by fellow commissioner Daria Buccilli, who serves as board liaison on the town’s long-range planning committee.

    Buccilli said the items were something the town’s long-range committee had been working on.

  • Thanksgiving meals served Thursday, and some are free

    Those who are ready for Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want to cook it have several options.

    Several places are offering Thanksgiving meals this week.

    The Boundary House Restaurant, 1045 River Road in Calabash, will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $23.95 adults and $15.95 ages 12 and younger for turkey, ham or prime rib; turkey gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad, a non-alcoholic beverage and choice of pecan or pumpkin pie.

  • Thankful for assistance: Residents line up for community distributions

    BOLIVIA—Cars lined either side of Old Ocean Highway well before the 9 a.m. start of a federal food commodities distribution last week.

    The Nov. 14 distribution at Brunswick County Democratic Headquarters drew a crowd of hundreds, who waited outside in 45-degree temperatures for their turn to receive food.

    When the distribution ended that afternoon, workers had distributed food for 993 households encompassing 2,183 people.