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  • UPDATE: Missing woman safely located

    Missing woman Deena Delfosse has been located and was returned home safely Thursday night.

    Delfosse was located in Wilmington on Third Street, according to Lt. Jeremy Humphries with the Leland Police Department.  

    Delfosse, 40, was reported missing Nov. 14.

  • County to begin accepting LIEAP applications Dec. 1

    Brunswick County will begin accepting applications Dec. 1 for LIEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are at least 60 or disabled.

    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • Vote recount yields same tallies

    BOLIVIA — Discretionary recounts conducted Wednesday morning by the Brunswick County Board of Elections have led to the same tallies reported on election night, Nov. 7.

    That means Sunset Beach resident Jan Harris still has a one-vote edge over former town councilman Wilson Sherrill to win a third seat on Sunset Beach Town Council, with 661 votes to Sherrill’s 660.

  • Leland TDA OKs partnership with town

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority agreed to a $25,000 administrative services contract with Leland town staff at its Nov. 8 meeting.

    Town Manager David Hollis and staff have participated in the TDA meetings since the board reorganized in the spring to discuss the town providing administrative services instead of the TDA hiring an executive director.

    Leland’s town council re-chartered the TDA in May, increasing the membership to include nine seats on the board and voting to have a town commissioner Michael Callahan serve as chairman.

  • NCDOT aims for Dec. 15 opening for I-140 Wilmington Bypass

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is pushing to complete the work to open the Wilmington Bypass by mid-December.

    Daniel Waugh, NCDOT Division III resident engineer for the I-140 project, said the goal is a Dec. 15 for opening the I-140 extension, even if a little more work will need to be completed in 2018.

  • Leland police add community crime map program

    LELAND — The Leland Police Department has a new mapping tool for incidents and arrests that provides an online map for residents.

    Town board meeting, Council members unanimously approved Oct. 19 authorizing an agreement for the LexisNexis Accurint Virtual Crime Center with a $9,000 contract for one year.

    Police Chief Mike James said there are two parts to the program: a public access side that provides information for Leland residents, including crime rates, and the map of its own locations.

  • Brunswick County GenX levels jump

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply spiked in mid-October, but the latest samples returned to the numbers that have been reported through the summer.

    Results reported Nov. 13 by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson showed water samples taken Oct. 26 with levels of 39.5 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 38.4 parts per trillion in the finished water source.

  • County to add ‘In God We Trust’ to vehicles

    Brunswick County commissioners will add “In God We Trust” to all county vehicles.

    A one-and-a-half-inch sticker will be placed under the county seal, which is on the driver and passenger doors, of each county vehicle.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke requested a discussion to add the national motto to all county vehicles at the Oct. 16 county board meeting.

    The issue was tabled until November for county operation services director Stephanie Lewis to determine a design and cost for the addition.

  • Bridge expected to open before Shallotte Christmas parade

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is expected to open in time for Shallotte’s Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 2.

    The B-440 bridge replacement project on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, planning director Robert Waring said during the town’s Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 8.

    Mayor Walt Eccard raised the question about the Dec. 2 event, noting Bridgers Road is used for parade access.

  • WBHS honors veterans in Nov. 9 ceremony

    SHALLOTTE—Remembrance, not only for past and present veterans but for their families as well, is what United States Navy Captain Doug Elznic hoped attendees of Nov. 9’s West Brunswick High School Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony would take to heart. And not just remembrance, he said, but proper care for all veterans, no matter their situation.