Local News

  • North Brunswick service groups create council to coordinate efforts

    Service organizations in North Brunswick County are partnering to assist local residents in need and will organize a community service board at a Feb. 12 meeting at Leland’s town hall.

    The community partnership resulted from a community service organization meeting hosted by the town on Oct. 30, 2014, which was held to assist North Brunswick’s population of unemployed, underemployed, and poverty stricken families.

    The group first met to discuss community assistance efforts and out of that meeting they organized a clothing drive.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 23

    Larceny of a ring taken from a Parkmore Court residence.

    Traffic crash on Ocean Gate Plaza, two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash resulting in property damage.

    Jan. 25

    Traffic crash on Highland Hills, one vehicle was involved in a traffic crash resulting in property damage.

  • Leland neighborhood HOA asks town to help with storm drainage clearing

    LELAND–Heavy rains on Christmas Eve brought a Leland neighborhood’s flooding concerns to a head and brought a dozen residents to the town board meeting Jan. 15.

    Patrick Cummings of the Hearthstone subdivision off Lanvale Road spoke for about a dozen people who attended the Leland town board meeting.

    According to Cummings the neighborhood received five- to six-inches of rain on Christmas Eve.

    “Every street in the community had up to one foot of water in every single road,” Cummings said.

  • Shooting near North Brunswick High leaves student injured

    LELAND — A North Brunswick High School student is being treated for injuries at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after being shot just yards away from the school’s campus in Leland.

    Officials with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington contacted the Leland Police Department just before noon Wednesday to report someone was being treated there for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release.

  • Fish named Jefferson Award winner

     SHALLOTTE — During the past three years, Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. president and CEO Jim Fish has worked long, hard hours to ensure the seniors of the region have the means to live long, healthy lives.

    Now, thanks to an award established more than 45 years ago, Fish is being recognized for those efforts.

    Wilmington television station WECT-TV6 announced Fish was the recipient of the Jefferson Award, the first of 12 such awards WECT will hand out in 2015.

  • Shallotte woman faces cruelty charges in apparent hoarding case

     A 73-year-old Shallotte woman was charged last week with misdemeanor cruelty to animals after 27 animals were rescued from her home in an apparent hoarding situation.

    Twelve dogs of assorted breeds and 15 cats were surrendered to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services from the home of Elizabeth Wright at 159 Pine St. on Jan. 28.

    Shallotte police charged Wright with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. She was released on bail, but the amount was not available.


  • Leland woman faces drug trafficking charges

     A Leland woman faces several drug charges after her arrest Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 61-year-old Dorothy Ann Jefferson and charged her with eight drug-related crimes, including trafficking opium or heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Leland man accused of assaulting skateboarding teen

    A 65-year-old Leland man is accused of assaulting a skateboarding teen during an incident initially investigated as a possible attempted kidnapping.

    Deputies arrested Gerald Anthony Novarro, of Jackey’s Creek Lane, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, on a charge of simple assault, according to a news release from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax. He is accused of grabbing a 15-year-old boy who was skateboarding in his neighborhood “by the arm and sweatshirt” at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 3.

  • Changes aiding pet stats in Brunswick County

    It’s a multi-faceted community effort that’s making a difference in pet numbers and lives in Brunswick County, a local animal advocate says.

    Changes at the local shelter, a new low-cost spay-neuter facility and program, volunteers and rescue groups along with grant money to aid homeless cats are all having impact in increasing the number of pet adoptions and reducing the euthanasia rate, said Janie Withers.

  • Prayer drive-thru a blessing for S.C. church

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Never mind temperatures had dipped below freezing and it wasn’t the warmest day to be standing outside.

    Right on schedule, a team of volunteers at Little River United Methodist Church turned out to wave at passersby and be on standby for the church’s biweekly prayer drive-thru.

    “We do (this) every other Wednesday,” said church member Larry Johnston, holding a “prayer drive-thru” sign and waving at passing traffic alongside fellow volunteer Joan Campbell in front of the church on U.S. 17.