Local News

  • Leland man killed in head-on collision

    A Leland man died Nov. 22 after his vehicle hit another head-on on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

    Elijah James Barron, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, North Carolina State Highway Patrol First Sgt. Troy Pope said.

    Barron was driving north on Mount Misery Road when he crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by Miranda Holmes at 5:45 p.m., Pope said.

    Holmes, whose age and town of residence were not available, had been wearing a seat belt.

    Barron, who Pope said was at fault in the crash, had not been wearing a seat belt.

  • Oak Island police seek teen last seen Nov. 22

    Oak Island police are requesting assistance from the public to find 15-year-old Trevor Joe Freeman.

    Freeman is described as a 5-foot-5 white boy weighing 150 pounds with short light brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen at his home in the 2200 block of East Beach Drive on Oak Island at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, wearing camouflage shorts and white shoes.

    Anyone with information regarding Freeman’s whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 278-5595 or the Brunswick County Communications Center at 253-7490.

  • Trustees OK live project for welding technology department

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees approved a request from the Welding Technology Department to have a live project through which students create projects in the classroom and sell their goods.

    With funds from the project, students will be able to create a special account allowing them to replenish their goods and to make more items in class, board member Gene Steadman said during the board’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Other live projects, like a plant sale by the horticulture department, exist already on campus, he said.

  • GSATS visits Shallotte for transportation study input, offer online participation

    SHALLOTTE — The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) hosted an open house meeting on long-range transportation planning Nov. 16 at Shallotte Town Hall.

    About 20 visitors dropped in at the town aldermen’s’ meeting room to share their interests.

    While the number of participants wasn’t huge for a Wednesday lunchtime meeting, GSATS encourages participating online through the project WikiMap, an interactive mapping application that allows users to pinpoint areas to identify transportation issues at tinyurl.com/GSATSwikimap.

  • Old Fayetteville Road multi-use path design changes plans again

    LELAND — The road to a multi-use path along Old Fayetteville continues to be long and winding for Leland officials.

    Town board members decided at their Thursday, Nov. 17, meeting if the project was a path they wanted to continue following.

    The Old Fayetteville Road multi-use path was submitted to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) in 2013. The WMPO received federal funding for pedestrian projects, which would be funded with approval of the project design by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

  • Shallotte starts meetings with NCDOT on street realignments

    SHALLOTTE — Planning for realigning Wall Street and Shallotte Avenue where they intersect with Main Street began the three-year process to construction with a North Carolina Department of Transportation meeting with Shallotte officials Nov. 14.

    The project has a let date, to go out to contractor bid, in August 2019.

    “It’s still in the preliminary stages,” Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard said of the meeting, adding town officials first met with NCDOT representatives earlier this year to select an engineer to design the realignment.

  • Election protest delays ballot canvass

    A protest delayed the completion of the Brunswick County Board of Elections’ canvass of the Nov. 8 general election results.

    Brunswick County Republican Party chairman Joe Agovino of Southport filed the protest Thursday afternoon, Nov. 17, saying state General Statute 163-82.1 was violated.

  • Man arrested in 2001 Oak Island sex crimes involving child

    A Burlington man is accused of sex crimes involving a child that happened 16 years ago in Oak Island.

    Alamance County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 45-year-old James Floyd Cameron at his Baptist Church Loop Road home Nov. 18 on two felony charges: indecent liberties with a child and committing a crime against nature.

    According to warrants issued by Oak Island police June 6, 2004, Cameron committed the sex crimes when he was 30 against a victim younger than 16 between June 1, 2001, and Aug. 1, 2001.

  • Shallotte man indicted on felony charges in January incident

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man indicted on allegations he forced a woman to drive him around Shallotte in January.

    Demitrius Isiah Warren, 20, of Maple Hill Road, was indicted Nov. 1 and arrested Nov. 15. He was charged with felonious restraint, two counts of felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

    Warrants show Warren tried to run from a deputy twice before being arrested Nov. 15.

  • Officers seek Leland Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are looking for a man they said skimmed credit card information and used it to make purchases at Wal-Mart.

    The skimmer, described only as a black man, purchased items between Oct. 26 and Nov. 8.

     Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.