Local News

  • Panera, Starbucks locating along U.S. 17 in Leland

    Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar updated the economic development committee Oct. 12 about businesses poised to move into the town.

  • 2017 Run OIB has board worried races are too big for island roads

    Just days after the 2017 Run OIB 5K and half-marathon Oct. 7, organizer David Hutnik of Coastal Race Productions was seeking approval from Ocean Isle Beach officials for the 2018 event.

    But town commissioners chose to have staff take another look at the race routes before approving a permit for 2018.

    “I have mixed feelings. You all know I’m against anything that goes over the bridge. But this brought a lot of people to Ocean Isle Beach. But it may have been too big for our island,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said during the Oct. 10 meeting.

  • Leland board will consider concept for municipal campus master plan

    Leland Town Council will consider approving the town’s municipal campus master plan at its Oct. 19 meeting.

    The plan is a proposal to expand amenities at Leland Municipal Park and former town hall site, as well as adjoining properties, to create a central hub for recreation and public events.

    Operation services director Niel Brooks will make a presentation of the plan details at town meeting and ask for the board’s vote to approve the concept.

  • Caw Caw Drainage District cleared in areas plagued by flooding

    Brunswick County officials announced a new maintenance program for the Caw Caw Drainage District has completed clearing areas near Carolina Shores that flooded the past two years.

    The Caw Caw Drainage District was initially created in 1953 to establish levees, drains, canals and ditches or other waterways to drain swampland or handle water overflows onto land used for agricultural purposes.

  • Cape Fear Public Utility Authority files suit against GenX maker

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) filed two lawsuits this week to keep its legal options open as the investigation of the GenX contamination of Brunswick County’s drinking water source continues.

    The CFPUA filed a motion Tuesday, Oct. 17, to intervene in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) lawsuit brought against The Chemours Co. on Sept. 5 in Bladen County Superior Court. 5.

    The CFPUA also requested a declaratory judgment to seek the right to receive notice and comment on any settlement of the DEQ action.

  • County eliminates special assessment district policy to review cost sharing

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners abandoned a special assessment district policy after realizing public money would pay for more than 50 percent of the first approved project.

    In September, they unanimously approved a resolution for a water special assessment district for Marsh Bay Estates off Sunset Harbor Road SE next to South Brunswick Charter School in Bolivia.

  • Detectives seek man on kidnapping, assault charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is looking for a Leland man accused of causing a woman to lose an eye after he assaulted her.

    Jemar Lee Bell, 37, of Bell Way Drive faces first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female charges.

    Warrants show Bell assaulted the woman, resulting in the loss of her right eye, and choked her from behind to the point she felt she would pass out during incidents that happened between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14.

  • Southport women face cocaine charges in separate cases

    Two Southport women face cocaine charges in separate Brunswick County cases.

    Sarah Elaine Walker, 32, of Fairway Drive is charged with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Leland police seek four women in scam

    Leland police are looking for four women involved in a scam.

    The women, each described as black with a medium build, entered Leland’s Walmart at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, and got more than $7,000 using a scam to obtain pre-paid Visa cards, according to a police department news release.

    The women were last seen driving a white SUV with a Florida license plate.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Jacob Schwenk at 371-1100.

  • Man arrested in Brunswick County faces charges in three states

    A man accused of committing property crimes in three states was arrested Oct. 10 as the result of a joint effort between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Horry County (S.C.) Police Department.

    James Douglas Valenti, 40, of Friendfield Terrace, Little River, S.C., is charged with receiving stolen goods/property, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property under false pretense, safecracking, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.