Local News

  • Little progress for retired government employees

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    The General Assembly’s recent session adjourned with several accomplishments; however, it fell short in addressing the needs of government retirees.

    The North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees’ Association (NCRGEA) appreciates the 1.6 percent one-time cost of living bonus for teachers and state government retirees, but knows it will not meet the needs of government retirees.

  • Leland Police offers citizens academy

    The Leland Police Department is offering a citizens academy showing an inside look into police duties on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 25. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug.19.

    The application is on the town website, townofleland.com under Police Resources. Complete the form and mail or deliver to Lt. Jeremy Humphries, Leland Police Department, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes police to host meeting

    The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department will host its next community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Boiling Spring Lakes City Hall.

    John and Lisa McNeill from Alligator Alliance will make a presentation on alligators and what the community should know about these animals that are native to this area.

    Residents can also communicate directly with Police Chief Brad Shirley and other members of the department about any issues or concerns they may have.

  • NCDOT continues nightly closures on ramp at battleship

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will continue nightly closures on the ramp at the Battleship North Carolina for Carolina Beach, South U.S. 421, East U.S. 76 and North Business U.S. 17, weather permitting.

    These closures will continue each week Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Sept. 30 until the work is completed. There will be no ramp closures permitted Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve easements resolution

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Monday night authorizing the filing of condemnation actions to acquire perpetual easements for the town’s Central Reach Project.

    The beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • BSL teen returns home, police seek her companion

    A Boiling Spring Lakes teen reported missing Aug. 3 returned home to family members Friday, Aug. 12.

    Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said his office received a call Friday at 10:45 p.m. from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office that 16-year-old Angel Walker had turned herself in at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • BSL police seek man in kidnapping, vehicle theft

    Boiling Spring Lakes police are looking for a man who they say stole a car with a toddler inside Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4.

    The 3-year-old girl was released safely to her mother, Police Chief Brad Shirley said in a news release.

    Shirley said 26-year-old Joshua Brandon Miller was a passenger in a black 2016 Toyota Corolla four-door driven by the child’s mother. When the woman stopped about 4 p.m. at the Olde Brunswick Store at Fifty Lakes Drive and N.C. 133, Miller got into the driver’s seat and drove off.

  • Task force seeks five, charges 13 others in drug operation

    The FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, which includes two Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, charged 18 people with drug-related crimes after an operation conducted Aug. 3, according to an FBI news release issued Thursday.

    Five remain at large, 11 were arrested and two were already incarcerated.

    Warrants show:

  • Shallotte Lowes Foods to close by Sept. 17

    Lowes Foods announced it is closing its Shallotte store on Main Street by Sept. 17.

    It is one of three stores to be closed as "continued adjustments to their total store portfolio as part of a broader growth strategy for investing in new stores (including new markets), while continuing major store remodels," according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon. The others are a Lowes in North Wilkesboro and a Just$ave in Dobson.

  • Department of Insurance rate increase rejection upheld

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals today handed down a decision affirming the North Carolina Department of Insurance’s rejection of a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase sought by the insurance industry.