Local News

  • Powerball winner’s drug case continued until December

     BOLIVIA — Drug charges against Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes were not resolved during her first court appearance in Brunswick County District Court this week.

    Holmes, who took home $88 million after winning the Powerball lottery prize in February, made her first appearance Tuesday, Sept. 8, on the charges.

  • School district shows improved results in 2014-15

     Statewide test results are in and Brunswick County Schools’ scores are on the rise.

    After the school district received disappointing test results during the 2013-14 school year, central office staff implemented in October 2014 an instructional improvement plan (IIP) that has paid dividends.

    The IIP was developed following the release of the 2013-14 test scores, which showed only nine of the county’s 19 schools met state growth standards.

  • Leland firefighters invent potentially life-saving technique used worldwide

     LELAND — For two men with full-time jobs, they’ve accomplished quite a bit outside of their regular occupations in the past year.

    Christopher Watford and Michael Herbert, both two-time paramedics of the year in North Carolina and volunteers with the Leland Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, teamed up to develop the “Firefighter Down-CPR” technique.

    The technique has been welcomed inside emergency response circles across the county, state, nation and world.

  • County unemployment remains above 7 percent in July

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 7.2 percent in July.

    The unemployment rate hit a low of 6.2 percent in April, then rose to 6.9 percent unemployment in May and 7.1 percent in June.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County remained below highs reached a year ago when the July 2014 unemployment rate topped 7.5 percent.

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

  • Frustrated H2GO customer pickets company headquarters in Leland

    LELAND — A disgruntled family took up picket signs in front of the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO headquarters to protest the company’s billing practices.

    Scott Richards, his wife, Carol, and son, Lucas, H2GO customers who live on South Navassa Road in Leland, stood in front of the H2GO building on Village Road beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, holding up signs asking motorists to honk if they have felt cheated by H2GO.

    By noon Friday, Carol kept track of more than 70 vehicle drivers who honked their horns in recognition of the family.

  • County readies testing for aquifer storage system

    BOLIVIA — Members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved taking the next step toward building an underground water storage system.

    During their meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 8, public utilities director Jerry Pierce asked commissioners to approve a contract with ASR Systems LLC for work to test the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Project.

    ASR Systems conducted a feasibility study in early 2015 to determine if constructing an underground water storage system would meet the county’s potable water needs.

  • Parachute team, fireworks return to Leland’s Founders’ Day Sept. 12

    Leland celebrates the 26th anniversary of the town by hosting its 15th Founders’ Day on Saturday, Sept. 12.

    The event will run from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest Commercial Area, 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd., off U.S. 17, next to the Lowe’s Grocery store.

  • NCDOT announces N.C. 211 lane closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will have nighttime lane closures on N.C. 211 in Southport (at the intersection of N.C. 87 to the Ferry Terminal) Sunday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 14.

    The work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday each week for milling and resurfacing, weather permitting.

    During the work, no on-street parking will be allowed within the work zone and towing will be enforced.

  • Leland man accused of stealing insurance money

     A Leland man accused of stealing money from customers while working as an insurance agent faces charges in both New Hanover and Columbus counties.

    David Mark Blanton, 50, of 11061 Creekside Drive, is charged with six counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent, two counts of forgery of an instrument and two counts of uttering a forged instrument, according to a news release issued by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin’s office.

  • OIB fire truck involved in Labor Day weekend wreck

    An Ocean Isle Beach fire truck was involved in a wreck with two other vehicles Saturday.

    A call about the Labor Day weekend wreck went in to Brunswick County dispatchers at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 5.

    The fire truck was headed south on Causeway Drive with its lights and siren on when a vehicle failed to yield and was hit by the fire truck, then struck a third vehicle.

    A person in the third vehicle suffered minor injuries, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.