Local News

  • Leland officers need help identifying woman in break-in

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman involved in a vehicle break-in.
    Officers received a report of a motor vehicle break-in Jan. 15 at 2013 Olde Regent Way where many items were taken, according to a news release. The next day, the victim learned three unauthorized checks totaling about $2,800 had been cashed from his account.
    Anyone with information about the white woman with dark hair and glasses pictured in a surveillance image provided by Leland police is asked to call Detective Felicia Garnes at 332-5005.

  • Second day of Vassey trial hears testimony from shooting witness

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — “It was the frickin’ loudest Taser I’ve ever heard.”

    This was the first thought Boiling Spring Lakes Police Cpl. John Thomas had upon hearing the gunshot Bryon Vassey fired, killing 18-year-old Keith Vidal more than two years ago.

  • Wildfire burns 20 acres near Whiteville Road in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — A woods fire burned 20 undeveloped acres behind New Beginnings Community Church and ATMC offices on Whiteville Road on Wednesday afternoon.

    North Carolina Forest Service spokesman Brian Haines reported two bulldozers were able to plow a fire line to keep the fire from spreading.

    The fire started west of Ruby Way NW, where Shallotte Fire Department trucks and the Forest Service protected ATMC buildings that extend along Ruby Way as well as several manufactured homes further down the road.

  • Couple escapes Shallotte house fire

    Crews from the Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a fire at 5065 Northside Drive about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

    Homeowner Ray Whitley said he and his wife, Tabitha, who lived at the residence for the past three years, were in the house when they heard a series of pops and then more than one smoke alarm went off inside the house.

    Ray Whitley suffered a burn on his head when he tried to fight the fire with an extinguisher before he and his wife escaped with their pets.

    The cause of the fire has not been determined.

  • Mountain biking league for students organizes

    LELAND — Mountain biking enthusiasts are blazing a trail for a racing league for students in northern Brunswick County.

    Mike Long, director of the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League, part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), hosted the first organizational meeting April 9 at the Leland Port City Community Church (PC3) offices.

    Don Brown, PC3 Leland campus pastor, is a member of the North Carolina NICA board.

  • N.C. 133 diverging diamond interchange opens

    LELAND — The weather forecast and the North Carolina Department of Transportation schedule for creating the new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at N.C. 133 at U.S. 17/74/76 finally aligned over the weekend.

    To prepare the DDI, which runs under the highway on N.C. 133 between Leland and Belville town limits, NCDOT had to close N.C. 133 — Village Road in Leland, River Road in Belville — between the U.S. 17/74/76 interchange ramps.

  • Leland economic development promotes master plan draft review

    LELAND — Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar encourages public input on the first draft of the town’s 2020 Master Plan.

    The plan, discussed at the Leland Economic Development Committee meeting April 14, addresses the town’s population increase, vision for land use, parks and open space, transportation and economic development.

    Leland officials brought in PlaceMakers Consulting Team on Nov. 10-13, 2015, to help update the plan. In the 2009 version of it, residents said they wanted compact, walkable and mixed-use development.

  • County commissioners agree to put $152M school bond on November ballot

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to place the school board’s requested $152 million bond referendum for school capital needs on the Nov. 8, 2016 general election ballot.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke, who has been critical of the school board’s planning and timing of the bond request since a joint meeting with the board on Nov. 23, cast the dissenting vote during commissioners’ regular meeting Monday night, April 18. His wife, Catherine Cooke, is a school board member.

  • With FASTAR, every child wins

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — Ready.



    This was the goal for elementary school students at Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School in Leland on April 12 during the 12th annual FASTAR event.

    FASTAR is an academic competition for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade that revolves around a NASCAR theme. Participating students had been training for the event since January, Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said.

  • Students learn how STEM Speaks at BCC event

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Science, Technology, Engineering, Math — the building blocks of the future of our world.

    That’s the message Brunswick County middle and high school students received during “STEM Speaks” at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College’s campus Monday, April 18. STEM lead teacher Sarah Osborne said the presentations were modeled after TED Talks, which have proven successful in providing a lot of information to people in a relatively short amount of time.