Local News

  • Parachute team, fireworks return to Leland’s Founders’ Day Sept. 12

    Leland celebrates the 26th anniversary of the town by hosting its 15th Founders’ Day on Saturday, Sept. 12.

    The event will run from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest Commercial Area, 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd., off U.S. 17, next to the Lowe’s Grocery store.

  • NCDOT announces N.C. 211 lane closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will have nighttime lane closures on N.C. 211 in Southport (at the intersection of N.C. 87 to the Ferry Terminal) Sunday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 14.

    The work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday each week for milling and resurfacing, weather permitting.

    During the work, no on-street parking will be allowed within the work zone and towing will be enforced.

  • Leland man accused of stealing insurance money

     A Leland man accused of stealing money from customers while working as an insurance agent faces charges in both New Hanover and Columbus counties.

    David Mark Blanton, 50, of 11061 Creekside Drive, is charged with six counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent, two counts of forgery of an instrument and two counts of uttering a forged instrument, according to a news release issued by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin’s office.

  • OIB fire truck involved in Labor Day weekend wreck

    An Ocean Isle Beach fire truck was involved in a wreck with two other vehicles Saturday.

    A call about the Labor Day weekend wreck went in to Brunswick County dispatchers at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 5.

    The fire truck was headed south on Causeway Drive with its lights and siren on when a vehicle failed to yield and was hit by the fire truck, then struck a third vehicle.

    A person in the third vehicle suffered minor injuries, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

  • Brunswick County claims its ninth lottery winner for the year

    A Leland resident has won $10,000 through the North Carolina Education Lottery, keeping Brunswick County’s lucky streak alive by becoming the ninth winner this year.

    Valient Simoncic won the money by playing the 50X The Cash instant prize scratch-off game, state lottery officials said Friday, Sept. 4.

    In late July, John Croake of Ocean Isle Beach won $10,000 in the $200 Million Blowout scratch-off game while Kevin Beauchamp of Leland won $10,000 in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game earlier that month.

  • Two men charged in Leland area break-ins

    Two men accused of breaking into and stealing from homes in the Winnabow and Leland areas in the last two weeks have been arrested and face multiple felony charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 23-year-old Brayion Juan Dowd and 23-year-old Steven Alfonza Zeigler on Thursday, Sept. 3.

  • County schools, charter school group settle civil suit

    Brunswick County Schools has reached a more than $60,000 settlement following a civil lawsuit filed in 2011 by a nonprofit that operates two public charter schools in Brunswick County.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) claimed Brunswick County Schools owed it money that was withheld since the 2000-01 school year, according to the suit.

    The two sides reached a settlement when Brunswick County Schools and Charter Day School Inc. officials agreed Thursday, Sept. 3, the Brunswick County Board of Education will remit $605,379 to CDS by Sept. 20.

  • District recognizes distinguished employees at celebratory board meeting

     SUPPLY — For the first time in Brunswick County Schools history, district staff hosted a regular scheduled monthly meeting at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    While most board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month give district staff and board members an opportunity to discuss business, Sept. 1’s meeting was a celebration of the county’s distinguished employees for 2015-16.

  • Public hearing on Holden Beach terminal groin set for Sept. 24

    Holden Beach is one step closer to building a terminal groin after the Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project.

    The corps will receive comments on the DEIS, which was published Friday, Aug. 28, for 45 days. The end of the comment period is Oct. 13.

    The corps has scheduled a hearing to receive public comments at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St.

  • Representatives discuss rail plan in northern Brunswick County

    Wilmington is seeking support from northern Brunswick County communities for its plans to relocate a CSXT railroad line.

    Wilmington city councilwoman Laura Padgett met with Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman, mayor pro tem Pat Batleman, Town Administrator David Hollis and other town staff, Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis and Belville town commissioner Pat O’Bryant on Thursday, Aug. 27, to explain the plans.