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  • Sunset Beach tallies give Harris 662-vote win over Sherrill’s 660

    BOLIVIA — Sunset Beach Town Council candidate Jan Harris received one more absentee vote in canvass-day tallies Friday, giving her 662 votes to former councilman Wilson Sherrill’s 660 votes to win a third available seat on the five-member town board.

    “It’s a win for Sunset Beach,” Harris said after the hour-and-a-half-long sessions adjourned Friday morning at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Bolivia.

  • Leland police seek power tools thief

    Leland police are looking for the man who stole power tools from vehicles owned by Vance Johnson Plumbing.

    The man entered several vehicles soon after 1:20 a.m. Nov. 6 and took the tools worth an estimated $6,200, according to a news release issued Nov. 17.
    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jennings Reid at 332-5018.

  • 10-year-old expected to be OK after two-vehicle crash in Winnabow

    A 10-year-old girl is expected to recover after being airlifted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Center as a result of a two-vehicle collision Nov. 15 in Winnabow.

    The girl was one of three passengers in a white Oldsmobile van driven by her mother, 39-year old Roselia Enriques of Winnabow, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper A.S. Godwin said, who did not give the girl’s name.

  • 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.