Local News

  • Brunswick County moves up in state health ranking

    Brunswick County has moved up in statewide county health rankings, though there’s still room for improvement.

    Brunswick County now ranks 40th in health outcomes, 28th in health factors and 10th in health behaviors among North Carolina’s 100 counties in the annual rating released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

  • Oak Island seeks town volunteers

    The town of Oak Island police volunteers to help enforce parking regulations and firefighters to drive a truck in parades or work community events.

    The town also needs Beach Ambassadors — citizens who will help explain beach rules to visitors.

    Those interested in helping out in one of these areas or in some other way are asked to fill out a volunteer application.

  • VA Whole Health Workshop set for March 29

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Wilmington Health Care Center (WHCC) is inviting coastal area transitioning military, veterans and VA employees to a two-hour introduction to VA Whole Health Workshop.

    The workshop is set for Thursday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wilmington HCC at 1705 Gardner Road. Reservations are required. Veterans are welcome to invite their spouse or significant other to this training. RSVP to William Lowry Jr., WHCC peer support specialist, at (910) 343-5300, ext. 3585 or (910) 813-5448.

  • Stand Down event for veterans March 22-24 in Wilmington

    District 9 of the American Legion, the New Hanover Veterans Council, partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer, will sponsor a Veteran Benefit Experience Center (VBEC) and Stand Down event March 22-24 at the Wilmington Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

    American Legion District 9 encompasses multiple Legion Post’s in the Cape Fear region, including Brunswick, Pender and Johnson counties in addition to New Hanover County. All veterans in the surrounding community are encouraged to attend.

  • Workshops for Carolina Shores homeowners in flood-prone areas

    The town of Carolina Shores is conducting a public input forum related to properties that are subject to flooding or have been previously flooded. Taking place at various locations throughout Carolina Shores on Wednesday, April 4, these workshops are primarily geared to residents who live in low-lying and flood prone areas that have experienced flooding in recent storm events (e.g., October 2016).

  • Required fire hydrant testing in Leland starts Monday

    To ensure fire hydrants in Leland are prepared to protect property, valuables and occupants in the event of an emergency, the National Fire Protection Association requires fire hydrants undergo annual inspections and maintenance.

    The hydrant testing/flushing will begin Monday, March 26. Flow testing will take place Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioner charged with DWI

    An Ocean Isle Beach commissioner is scheduled for a May 16 District Court appearance on a driving while impaired charge.

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged Bob Williams with DWI on March 2.

    Trooper J.S. Ransom reported at 7:42 p.m. he had reasonable grounds to believe Williams operated a vehicle on Cumberland Street while committing an implied-consent offense of impaired driving, “in that with a flat tire on Ocean Isle Beach with a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage with bloodshot glassy eyes.”

  • Harrington Village developer announces more businesses while first tenants move in

    The first mixed-use development on Village Road in Leland has added retail tenants and its first apartment resident.

    Harrington Village developer D Logan and Shirley Logan of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast announced Monday that Sandalwood Shoppes and Axis Fitness + Training will open in the spring.

    The Harrington Village subdivision is a multifamily development planned off Village Road between Baldwin Drive and Fairview Road.

  • Brunswick County ABC store approved for move closer to Leland

    Brunswick County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board received state approval to move its U.S. 74/76 ABC store from the Brunswick-Columbus county line to the highway intersection at Maco Road, near Northwest.

    The NCABC Commission approved the store relocation request at its regular meeting March 7 in Raleigh.

    According to state ABC Investigator James Casteen’s report to the NCABC Commission, the Brunswick County ABC board requested approval to relocate the ABC Store from 5211 Andrew Jackson Highway (U.S. 74/76) to 3660 Maco Road in Leland on Jan. 24.

  • Judge agrees to move H2GO from defendant to plaintiff

    BOLIVIA — Superior Court by Judge Thomas A. Lock handled some table setting in the lawsuit over the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s assets at a March 9 hearing by agreeing H2GO could move from a defendant to a plaintiff along with the town of Leland.