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Today's News

  • Oysters galore and more pour onshore for 37th annual NC Festival

    It’s that time of year again to shell out festive fall food and fun in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The 37th North Carolina Oyster Festival is revving up for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at 8 E. Second St.

    This year’s festival features a variety of new vendors in both the food and crafts/merchandise areas, events director Robyn Beliveau with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce promises.

  • Detectives arrest seven on felony gaming charges, seize 387 machines

    Detectives arrested seven people on felony gaming charges after “an intensive undercover investigation over the past several months,” according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday.

    They also seized 387 video gaming machines and more than $250,000 in cash after 16 searches conducted throughout the county as part of the investigation.

    Those arrested and the charges they face are:

  • Leland board will consider concept for municipal campus master plan

    Leland Town Council will consider approving the town’s municipal campus master plan at its Oct. 19 meeting.

    The plan is a proposal to expand amenities at Leland Municipal Park and former town hall site, as well as adjoining properties, to create a central hub for recreation and public events.

    Operation services director Niel Brooks will make a presentation of the plan details at town meeting and ask for the board’s vote to approve the concept.

  • WBHS student charged in fight, online threat

    A West Brunswick High School student is accused of punching a fellow student at the school Thursday, then making threats on social media.

    Kavon Kenith Gause, 17, of Pelican Point in Bolivia, is charged with misdemeanor simple affray and communicating threats, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office warrants show.

    Gause, a sophomore, fought with the other student identified as “J.B.,” striking him about the body, according to warrants dated Thursday.

  • Caw Caw Drainage District cleared in areas plagued by flooding

    Brunswick County officials announced a new maintenance program for the Caw Caw Drainage District has completed clearing areas near Carolina Shores that flooded the past two years.

    The Caw Caw Drainage District was initially created in 1953 to establish levees, drains, canals and ditches or other waterways to drain swampland or handle water overflows onto land used for agricultural purposes.

  • Texas rescue dogs welcomed by N.C. foster homes

    Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Lone Star State, not the least of which were its most helpless victims — pets who were either separated from their owners or in need of attention at inundated shelters.

    The week of Oct. 1, it was local animal groups to the rescue as volunteers with Wilmington-based Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, with assistance from Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Paws-Ability, traveled 1,200 miles down to a Houston shelter to fetch some dogs in need of new homes.

  • Panera, Starbucks locating along U.S. 17 in Leland

    Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar updated the economic development committee Oct. 12 about businesses poised to move into the town.

  • Sunset Beach councilman confronts candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Drama erupted at the end of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday when town councilman Richard Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern as he was speaking and two board members intervened.

    The incident occurred while Nern was speaking about park fees during public comment at the Oct. 17 morning meeting.

    “When there’s no (waterfront) market next year, remember how the vote went,” Nern said after a majority of council voted Tuesday to increase park usage fees.

  • County eliminates special assessment district policy to review cost sharing

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners abandoned a special assessment district policy after realizing public money would pay for more than 50 percent of the first approved project.

    In September, they unanimously approved a resolution for a water special assessment district for Marsh Bay Estates off Sunset Harbor Road SE next to South Brunswick Charter School in Bolivia.

  • Detectives seek man on kidnapping, assault charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is looking for a Leland man accused of causing a woman to lose an eye after he assaulted her.

    Jemar Lee Bell, 37, of Bell Way Drive faces first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female charges.

    Warrants show Bell assaulted the woman, resulting in the loss of her right eye, and choked her from behind to the point she felt she would pass out during incidents that happened between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14.