Local News

  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

    A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.

  • Reward offered in Sunset Beach home theft

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for the theft of items from a Sunset Beach residence.

    According to the Sunset Beach Police Department, in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, one or more unknown subjects entered an unoccupied residence at 819 Shoreline Drive West.

  • Supply man accused of sex crimes located

    A Supply man accused of multiple sex crimes has been located and arrested in Lexington, according to a press release issued early Friday morning by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    Timothy Wayne Willard, 34, of Corbin Lane, was wanted on three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of second-degree sexual offense and crimes against nature.

    The incidents involving victims younger than 16 took place between July 1 and Sept. 1, warrants show.

  • Local feline to get famous on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

    SUPPLY — It was just an ordinary day when one of Tammy Jo Bellamy’s cats climbed a tree and needed to be coaxed down.

    The difference is what happened when the gray kitty, named Edward J. or “Eddie” for short, went out on a limb that broke, dropping him unexpectedly to the ground.

    Bellamy also happened to have her video rolling to record the event, which has now been accepted for a future airing on ABC-TV’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

  • Leland looks at buying H2GO water tower to meet future needs

    Leland officials weren’t interested in a new H2GO water plant, but agreed to make an offer to buy its existing water tower.

    The town board voted 3-2 on Aug. 21 to deny a rezoning request which was needed for Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO to move forward with plans to build a water treatment plant.

    Later in the same meeting the board members reviewed a presentation to consider buying the company’s water tower near Brunswick Forest as an alternative to building on of their own to meet future needs.

  • Brunswick Habitat begins work on 50th house

    SOUTHPORT — Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity hit a milestone last month when work began on its 50th house.

    On Aug. 27, the nonprofit organization hosted an official kickoff to construction on the first Habitat house in Southport.

    The house is being built for single mother Kelli Rhyne and her daughter, Shea Campbell.

  • Leland hosts 14th Founder’s Day event Sept. 13

    Leland’s 14th Founder’s Day event on Saturday, Sept. 13 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the town.

    The event will run from 3-9 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest Commercial Area, 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd.

    “Come out and make a day of it,” Niel Brooks, Director of Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs, said.

    “We hope people will be happy with it. There is a lot more variety than we’ve ever had before. I think it will be a really nice event.”

  • Drainage issue on Leland roads left to property owners

    Leland officials decided to let nature, and town ordinances, take their course when dealing with heavy rain drainage.

    Town staff received a complaint from Marty Nowak, of 113 Woodland Drive, that a drainage problem on the street collects rainwater in ditches along the road and sends it into his yard, flooding his garage.

    “The water comes from Village Road right to (my) yard,” Nowak said when he addressed the Leland town board at its Aug. 21 meeting.

  • Dosher hospital announces early retirement, layoff plan

    Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees announced plans Thursday, Aug. 28, to offer early retirement options and reduce staff to deal with financial issues.

    Trustees had a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27, to consider addressing the hospital’s continued financial shortfall. Hospital employees were informed of the board’s decision Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

  • Belville plans to reopen Riverwalk Park observation deck before Rice Festival

    The observation deck at Riverwalk Park at Belville on N.C. 133 has been closed for six months, but Belville officials anticipate repairs will be complete before the end of September.

    Brunswick County officials voted in January to turn over Brunswick River Park to the town of Belville, at the town’s request, as part of the town’s Riverwalk site proposal.

    Town administrator Athina Williams said the town performed a site inspection after taking over the park and found the deck was unsafe.