Local News

  • Shallotte police charge four with attempted murder

    Shallotte police arrested four people accused of shooting into a vehicle in which two women, one of whom was pregnant, were riding last month. No one was injured.

    Eighteen-year-olds Drewshawn Maqual Stanley, of Freedom Star Drive in Longwood, and Toriantte Leviticus Holmes, of Stevenson Road SW in Supply, and 17-year-old Deontre Abraham Benbow, of Hill Crest Road in Supply, are each charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and misdemeanor battery of an unborn child.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve special election for staggered terms


  • Local crews help rescue family after their boat sinks

    Townsend and Amanda Link and their two daughters launched their beloved boat, Eliza Gray, from Holden Beach toward Shallotte Inlet in search of some fish Saturday morning.

    Everything was going smoothly until about 11 a.m. when the boat’s motor died. A dead motor meant a dead alternator and two dead batteries, too.

    Eliza Gray, a boat christened with the middle names of the Links’ two daughters, began to drift into an area with breakers coming over the back of the boat just outside Shallotte Inlet.

  • Leland to search town history to decide on second marker

    LELAND — Leland officials will have to look into the town’s history to decide if a second historical marker should be erected.

    Parks and recreation director Niel Brooks told council members at their July 20 meeting Edward Noble Jr. submitted a historical marker application for a marker for his father, Edward Noble Sr., who he said maintained Carolina Avenue for many years.

    Brooks said the historical marker application process involves verifying the contributions a recipient made to the town.

  • Leland TDA considers partnership with town

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority could work more closely with the town if the new board accepts an offer from Town Manager David Hollis for the town to provide some administrative services.

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

  • Belville OKs subdivision, farmers market vendor licenses

    BELVILLE — Belville board members gave their approval Monday to move ahead with the first new development in town in many years.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge told commissioners the town planning board passed a recommendation at its July 12 meeting for the site plan/preliminary plat approval.

  • Developer announces Leland Town Center plans

    One of Leland’s most prominent undeveloped properties is now under development.

    Twin Rivers Capital LLC announced plans for Leland Town Center, a 250,000-square-foot commercial space off U.S. 17 between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza.

    Andy Mitwol, development partner with Twin Rivers, said plans for the retail space are evolving, but the first phase will include a Chic-fil-A restaurant fronting U.S. 17.

  • County unemployment rate stays at 5 percent for May

    Brunswick County maintained a 5 percent unemployment rate from April to May.

    The unemployment rate for Brunswick County had fallen in each month of 2017, from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February, 5.8 percent in March, down to 5 in April before holding steady in May.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County had a 5.5 percent unemployment rate in May 2016.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Officials: Agencies act to keep drinking water safe

    BOLIVIA — Gov. Roy Cooper visited Wilmington on Monday announcing efforts to eliminate the chemical GenX from the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, an action sought during a public forum last week.

    “I look for the state to step forward and provide an authoritative voice and provide information to the citizens,” Brunswick County commissioner Randy Thompson said during the July 19 forum at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Two towns lack enough candidates to fill open seats

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    Brunswick County’s two-week election filing period for 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees ended at noon Friday, July 21, but not enough candidates filed to seek all the open seats in Calabash and Bolivia in November’s election.

    Three Calabash commissioner seats are up for election, but only one candidate filed.