Local News

  • Woman injured in N.C. 133 crash

    A 24-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle collision Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, on N.C. 133 near Southport.

    A passing motorist discovered the crash, which was reported at 5:54 a.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    The woman was driving her gray 2006 Pontiac G6 north on N.C. 133/River Road when she swerved to avoid a deer that had darted into the road, Inman said. She lost control of the car, veered off the right side of the road and hit several trees before rolling over into a ditch on the side of the road.

  • BCC business office receives security updates

    BOLIVIA — Renovations under way to improve security in Brunswick Community College’s business office, located in Building A, are expected to be complete by the beginning of February.

    Spokeswoman London Schmidt said upgrades to the exterior of the business office began Dec. 12.

    The upgrades were prompted by a session Sheila Galloway, BCC vice president of budget and finance, attended April 13, 2016, as part of the Association of Community College Business Officials Conference in Charlotte.

  • Hospice patient checks off bucket list item with helicopter ride

        LELAND — Mike Brewer of Leland began to notice swelling in his leg in late 2013.

    Julie Brewer said she knew it was serious when he came to her and told her something was wrong. Her husband of 22 years rarely went to the doctor or called in sick.

    “We started about a year’s worth of specialist doctors, lots of tests, lots of blood tests, lots of machine tests, lots of poking, lots of prodding,” she said.

  • Leland to host trolley plan public hearing Jan. 30

    LELAND — Leland officials received an update at the Jan. 19 town meeting on a proposed railroad realignment plan to move freight trains out of Wilmington and create a downtown trolley system.

    Laura Padgett, chairwoman of the Wilmington Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Realignment, and Glenn Harbeck, director of planning, development and transportation for the city of Wilmington, pitched the plan to town commissioners.

    The task force proposed realigning the CSX railway that travels through Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach considers tree removal request at Sea Trail

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board is mulling a request by Sea Trail to remove 193 non-heritage trees from its Maples golf course.

    Following lengthy discussion at a Jan. 19 planning board meeting, the board pondered issues and was advised to consider options that will make the request workable.

  • Carolina Shores residents crowd floodplain workshop

    CAROLINA SHORES — A capacity crowd of residents flocked to a town workshop Monday addressing changes in floodplain mapping and how it will affect them, including their insurance rates.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall brought experts, including two with the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP), town engineer Robert Tucker and Dale Holland of Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington, to respond to residents’ questions in break-out sessions at the Jan. 23 workshop.

  • ABC stores finish year strong for Belville budget

    BELVILLE — Belville’s ABC stores hit a new sales record in December with $432,000 sales for the month.

    It wasn’t even the best thing Belville ABC Board chairman John Clark presented to commissioners at the Jan. 23 town meeting.

    That was the check for $36,780 he handed them Monday night.

    Clark said the town’s two ABC stores collected $810,000 gross revenues in the July-September quarter, which came to $42,000 profit after expenses. The town receives 90 percent of the revenues.

  • Leland plans engineering study of flood-prone streets

    LELAND — Residents in Magnolia Greens and Waterford are looking for the town’s help to solve their flooding problems.

    Rick Hamilton, a Parkmore Court resident, came to the Thursday, Jan. 19, town board meeting and said he has had water 26 inches deep at his residence twice since he moved there Aug. 29, 2016.

  • Rep. Hamilton named to state position

    Gov. Roy Cooper has pulled District 18 Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-Wilmington, out of her seat to serve in his administration as Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

    The Brunswick County and New Hanover County Democratic Parties are selecting a nominee to replace her.

    A Thursday, Jan. 19, news release from the governor’s office announced Cooper chose Hamilton for the administrative position.

  • Sunset Beach stays mute on firearms theft

    SUNSET BEACH — If townspeople were relying on the town for information, they would have never known about the theft last month of firearms and ammunition from the vehicle of Interim Police Chief Joe Smith.

    Since Smith’s Dec. 5 report of the incident to the Shallotte Police Department, nothing has officially been said in four subsequent Sunset Beach Town Council meetings, except for comments by councilmen Richard Cerrato and Mark Benton at the board’s Jan. 9 and Jan. 17 meetings.