Local News

  • NCDMV accepts American Express credit cards as of Oct. 23

    North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ driver license offices and license plate agencies accept American Express credit cards, effective Oct. 23.

    NCDMV’s acceptance of credit cards has allowed customers to make payments and conduct online transactions. With the addition of American Express, DMV offices around the state will accept four credit cards.

    MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards have been accepted at license plate agencies since late 2013. NCDMV’s driver license offices began accepting credit cards in 2015.

  • N.C. aquariums to reduce admission for low-income families

    Beginning Nov. 1, admission fees at North Carolina aquariums will be reduced for patrons presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, card along with a valid form of photo identification.

    Under the new program, adult admission will be $3 and $2 for children 3-12. Up to four individuals can be admitted with each EBT card presented. There is no charge for children 2 and younger.

  • Hospice wish list drive

    In honor of Make a Difference Day, Lower Cape Fear Hospice is hosting a wish list drive for its patients and their families. Community members can drop off items between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at any one of its four locations: 955 Mercy Lane in Bolivia; 1414 Physicians Drive in Wilmington; 206 Warrior Trail in Whiteville; and 209A U.S. 117 N. in Burgaw.

    They are in need of prepackaged paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, laundry detergent, Ensure Nutrition Shakes or Boost Shakes and Clorox/Lysol wipes.

  • Four-county medication disposal event set for Oct. 28

    In an effort to encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional health care, law enforcement, education and safety organizations to hold a first ever four-county medication disposal event.

    Nine locations in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties are scheduled to accept all medications on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks three men who stole WBHS flag

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three men who stole West Brunswick High School’s flag Friday at 8:30 p.m.

    The three men were in a lifted pickup and, although images from the scene are fuzzy, one of the men appears to have been wearing red shorts, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Donna Simpson at 880-4952.

  • Bolivia man accused of hitting pregnant woman with vehicle

    A Bolivia man is accused of hitting a pregnant woman with a vehicle.

    The woman’s condition was not available by press time Tuesday, but warrants show she sought a warrant on 19-year-old Brice Allen Lewis, of Martinsville Drive SE, who was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor battery of an unborn child.

    The warrant shows Lewis hit the woman with a vehicle Oct. 8 knowing she was pregnant.  They do not say the type of vehicle Lewis was driving.

  • Leland police seek three people in two Wal-Mart thefts

    Leland police are looking for three people who stole televisions from Wal-Mart in two separate cases.

    A man and woman came into the store at 10:13 p.m. Oct. 13 and left with a shopping cart of various items worth an estimated $1,076.08, according to a news release.

    The woman has a small build and a small tattoo on the back of her neck. The man, also of small build, has a tattoo on his upper arm and left calf.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berry at 332-5003.

  • Holden Beach candidates share views at forum

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach’s mayor and the seven people vying for five open town commissioner seats, including three incumbents, participated in a Holden Beach Property Owners Association “Meet the Candidates Night” where they addressed town issues and concerns, including a substantial pay increase for Town Manager David Hewett.

  • Sunset Beach reaps new amenities through donated efforts

    Sunset Beach has new landscaping and wildlife-viewing binoculars thanks to recent local voluntary contributions.

    Last Tuesday, Oct. 17, a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorated new landscaping and beautification of an area next to the fishing pier at the Sunset Beach Boat Ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The work was contributed by local Boy Scout Troop 201 member Wil Warner as an Eagle Scout enhancement service project.

  • Rouzer touts tax reform

    SHALLOTTE — Tax reform, along with infrastructure and other topics tied to his home state are foremost on Congressman David Rouzer’s agenda these days.

    The Republican representing North Carolina’s 7th District said tax reform won’t be resolved until it’s sent to President Trump and signed into law.

    “But we’ve got a framework that has broad support between the White House and the Senate,” Rouzer said during a visit and interview at The Brunswick Beacon last Friday.