Local News

  • Leland tourism group seeks members

    Leland Town Council is seeking members to serve on the newly expanded Leland Tourism Development Authority (TDA). Those involved with businesses and entities engaged in the promotion of travel and tourism in the town of Leland are encouraged to apply.

    The TDA meets monthly and works to promote travel and tourism by advertising and marketing the town and activities therein to tourists and business travelers who may choose to visit Leland. Applications for the TDA will be accepted until June 10 for consideration by the town council at its regular June 15 meeting.

  • BFA adds to Leland caseworker schedule

    Brunswick Family Assistance will have a caseworker available to take applications for energy and rental assistance in Leland on Thursdays, in addition to Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until funds are depleted.

    Services are provided on a first come, first-served basis. From this location, BFA can assist people from Leland, Winnabow, Belville, Navassa and Bolivia.

    A caseworker will conduct a full intake at the Leland office at 1492 Village Road in Leland.

  • ONDBEAT: Summer prime time for zapping buzzing Zika-spreaders

    Every year about this time we should all fear the approach of the Aedes albopictus.

  • Club Profile: North Brunswick Kiwanis Club


    Dave Ritter, president

    Cynthia Bryant, president-elect

    Eric Mens, secretary

    Debbie Watkins, treasurer

    Joe Calla past president



    First Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Greens Blossoms Club Room and the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Leland Town Hall in the Long Leaf Conference Room.





    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


  • Officials called to boat explosion at Ocean Isle Fishing Center

    Three people have been transferred to hospitals following a boat explosion in Ocean Isle Beach Friday afternoon.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said a boat exploded at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 65 Causeway Drive. One person was taken by ambulance to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach and two others were flown to University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

    Garner said he did not have details of their injuries.

    The boat was fully involved when fire crews arrived, Garner said.

  • Man wanted in May 31 robbery in Bolivia arrested in Sampson County

    A man wanted for a May 31 robbery in Bolivia was arrested in Sampson County on Saturday.

    No one was injured in the robbery.

    According to a Sheriff's Office Facebook post, deputies were looking for 21-year-old Ondrick Lymell Cromartie, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the 8000 block of Ocean Highway E. in Bolivia at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Belville awaits SB 126 to finalize budget in June

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will wait until June to make final adjustments to the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

    Belville’s financial consultant Kemmy Goodson told board members state Senate Bill 126/House Bill 522 may pass and they won’t know its impact unless or until it happens.

    “It will change the figures on our sales tax. Fortunately it will not be a factor in increasing our budget,” Mayor Mike Allen said. “But we will have to wait until our next meeting to see the actual effect.”

  • Leland water customers retain town benefit

    LELAND — Leland water customers will continue to receive a town benefit that began as a mistake.

    Utilities director Jimmy Strickland asked council members if the town wanted to continue the service of testing irrigation backflow preventers after learning it wasn’t a town responsibility.

    When the town started its water department, Strickland said, state officials told staff the town was responsible to test the backflow providers, but staff recently learned it is actually the responsibility of homeowners.

  • New walk-in clinic opens at county complex

    BOLIVIA — With the need for mental health and drug abuse treatment apparent in Brunswick County, officials have made assistance available at the county government center.

    A walk-in mental health and substance abuse clinic opened May 15 at 10 Referendum Drive NE in Building F.

  • EmergeOrtho chosen to build surgery center in Leland

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services approved an application from EmergeOrtho to build a surgical center in Leland.

    The state’s Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section made the decision April 28, selecting the EmergeOrtho Brunswick Surgery Center application over a proposal from Novant Health.

    Brunswick Surgery Center is a newly formed business connected to EmergeOrtho, the company formerly known as OrthoWilmington.