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Today's News

  • H2GO water plant wastewater permit public hearing Jan. 12

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality public hearing regarding the proposed H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m. Seating capacity for events at the LCAC is around 230 people.

  • County unemployment above 6 percent for November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent for November after remaining steady at 5.9 percent through September and October.

    The unemployment rate was almost a point below the rate for November 2015, when Brunswick County had 7.2 percent unemployment.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    According to the NCDOC, Brunswick County had 3,030 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 48,391 for November.

  • Leland Police reports

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

    Dec. 11

    Breaking and entering at Brunswick Surf and Skate on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Dec. 12

    Breaking and entering at 1713 Valerian Lane.

    Dec. 13

    Obtaining property by false pretense by using victim’s debit card to make purchases totaling $116.47 at Food Lion on Reed Road.

  • Shallotte police reports

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

    Dec. 26

    Erik David Grainger, 36, was arrested on a charge of driving while license revoked

    Dec. 27

    Josman Robert Blythe, 37, was arrested on charges of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

    Dec. 28

  • Leland purchases body cameras for use in 2017

    The new year will see Leland police officers add body cameras to their uniform.

    Leland officials approved an increase in the 2016-17 tax rate in part to fund the hiring four new patrol officers and three new detectives. The town also planned to add new patrol cars and detectives’ vehicles.

    Leland Police Chief Mike James said the budget plan for new officers included adding body cameras.

  • Residents seek help with peeling homes

    CAROLINA SHORES — Ken Frost first noticed a problem on the outer trim of his home about five years ago.

    At the time, he deemed it a minor issue — a little pitting here and there in the pre-painted aluminum coil trim under the garage door header on the front of his house in The Farm at Brunswick.

    “I would scrape my fingernail and the paint would come off,” he said. “I couldn’t figure out why it was doing that.”

    He thought a touch-up with paint would take care of it.

  • Beware of computer, Internet scammers

    While computer and Internet use has made communication faster and often easier than ever, users are as susceptible to criminals in the virtual realm as they are in the real world.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident reports routinely document victims who have been conned out of money through various schemes. Sheriff’s office Detective Ed Carter says scammers have ripped off some of our neighbors to the tune of millions of dollars within just the past 10 years.

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 16-31 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Dec. 16

    Identity theft at CVS. Victim’s information was used to get $400 from the ATM.

    Dec. 18

    Identity theft at the ATM off Seaside Road to get $500.

    Dec. 20

    Identity theft over the Internet to get $1,501.29 from the victim’s account.

    Dec. 21

    Breaking and entering on Oyster Bay Drive several TVs stolen.

  • Interim Sunset Beach police chief’s guns stolen from department vehicle

    Shallotte police are investigating the theft of firearms from the vehicle of Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith.

    Four firearms, ammunition, several magazines from each gun and an LA Police Gear bag were reported stolen Dec. 5 from Smith’s vehicle parked in the driveway of his home on Owendon Drive in Shallotte.