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  • Leland police officer shot, gunman killed

    LELAND — The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a shooting Friday, Dec. 9, in which a Leland police officer was injured and the gunman killed.

    Jacob Alan Schwenk, 34, of Winnabow, was listed at press time in stable condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds to his legs, Town Manager David Hollis said.

  • Leland woman county’s fourth lottery winner in 2016

    Serena Perkins of Leland became Brunswick County’s fourth lottery winner of 2016 when she won $100,000 in the Dec. 7 Powerball drawing, beating the 1 in 913,129 odds.

    Perkins claimed her prize Dec. 8 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she received $69,250.

  • Investigators find Holden Beach girl reported missing in 2011

    A Holden Beach woman reported missing five years ago has been found safely living in Columbus, Ohio.

    Rachel Natacha Owens was 15 when she was reported missing May 5, 2011. Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car on her own without force.

    Owens, now 21, was located in Columbus about noon Friday, Dec. 9, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release.

  • Detectives investigate Calabash body shop theft case

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of items from a Calabash body shop.

  • Carolina Shores begins comprehensive planning process

    Carolina Shores is undergoing a comprehensive land use planning process and encourages residents to be involved as a future vision of the town is crafted.

    Monthly public updates are given at planning board meetings, which residents are encouraged to attend.

    Participate in the planning process online at plancarolinashores.com.

  • Rabon named to lead Senate Rules Committee

    State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, will serve as the next chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced via Facebook post.

  • Sunset Beach achieves improved CRS rating

    Sunset Beach’s rating in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program improved to a Class 7, affording flood insurance policyholders an additional 5-percent discount, according to a town news release.

    In total, the town’s efforts in the CRS program allow National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in Sunset Beach to realize a 15-percent premium discount.

  • H2GO water plant wastewater permit public hearing delayed and relocated

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality canceled the H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant public hearing planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    The public hearing was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at a different site: the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m.

    The seating capacity for events at the LCAC is about 230 people.

  • Dry, mild winter predicted due to La Niña but don’t rule out a chance of snow

    Last year’s winter weather forecast called for a wet, but not very cold, winter for Brunswick County because of an El Niño.

    This year it is a La Niña that will affect the winter weather, said Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Instead of storms and heavy rainfall across the eastern Carolinas, Armstrong anticipates the La Niña will provide dry, mild days, punctuated by occasional cold arctic outbreaks.

  • New, re-elected county commissioners seated

    BOLIVIA — New and re-elected members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners took their oath of office during their meeting Monday night, Dec. 5.

    Commissioners Pat Sykes and Frank Williams were sworn in to the Districts 3 and 5 seats they retained, respectively, and Mike Forte took his seat after winning the race to replace board chairman Scott Phillips, who decided not to run again for the District 4 seat he’d held since 2008.