Today's News

  • Leland man pleads guilty to tax evasion

    A Leland man pleaded guilty to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

    Wake County District Court Judge Louis B. Meyer III sentenced 31-year-old Daniel B. Leggett, of Olive Pine Way, to serve at suspended sentence of least five but no more than 15 months in prison and placed him on supervised probation for 60 months.

    Meyer also ordered Leggett to pay $6,174 in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service work within the first 12 months of probation and pay a $1,500 fine.

  • Southport woman injured after car crashes into store

    A Shoe Show employee was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a car crashed into the front of the Southport store Monday morning.

    An 89-year-old man drove his 2009 Nissan through the front of the store on North Howe Street at 10:50 a.m., according to a Southport police report. Witnesses told officers the man was pulling his car into a handicapped spot but pulled in too far, hitting the curb.

  • Three men injured in OIB boat explosion Friday

    A boat explosion Friday afternoon in the Intracoastal Waterway at Ocean Isle Beach injured three men.

    North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard identified the victims as boat operator and owner David Richard Martin Jr., 40, of Charlotte; passenger Jonathan Leslie Bickett, 35, of Charlotte; and Sea Tow employee Kendrick Stanley Schwarz, 24, of Brunswick County.

  • Residents question Leland’s budget increase

    LELAND — Leland officials heard from residents about the proposed 2017-18 budget plans at a June 1 public hearing, questioning a proposed increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the budget at the May 18 town meeting with a substantial increase in the budget to $14.3 million. The budget for fiscal year 2016-17 was $10.8 million. The tax rate would increase from 18.33 cents to 26 cents.

    Hollis said the 7.67-cent tax rate increase to a 26-cent tax rate would hike the tax on a $212,000 home from $388.60 to $551.20, an increase of $162.60.

  • H2GO board approves RO plant well contract

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s board couldn’t take yes for an answer at their regularly scheduled May meeting, scheduling a special meeting without the opposition.

    Board chairman Bill Browning, vice chairman Ron Jenkins and member Carl Antos have worked to put the pieces in place to be ready to build a reverse osmosis (RO) water plant as soon as possible.

    One of the last steps they must wait for is financing approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission to sell $23.5 million in bonds to pay for the plant.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 5 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent for April.

    The unemployment rate has fallen each month in 2017, from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February then 5.8 percent in March.

    The most recent unemployment rate dropped to the lowest percent since hitting 5.5 percent in May 2016.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County had a 5.7 percent unemployment rate in April 2016.

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

  • Descendant brings field study to family cemetery

    SUNSET BEACH — The descendant of John Julius Gause Jr., who restored Ocean Isle Beach’s Gause Tomb in 2015, began searching for William Gause Jr. at another family cemetery in Sunset Beach.

    J.R. Robinson of Plano, Ill., led the Gause Tomb restoration effort with his wife, Diana, and help from relatives who knew the family history.

    Robinson restored Gause’s Tomb, which was built in 1836 on a site that now sits off Hale Swamp Road SW, east of the Ocean Isle Beach airport that fell into a state of disrepair in the past century.

  • County board approves 2017-18 budget

    BOLIVIA — With only one person speaking up during the Brunswick County 2017-18 budget public hearing Monday night, June 5, commissioners followed up with a unanimous vote to approve the budget.

    County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners at the May 18 meeting.

    The operating budget of $233.4 million includes no increase in the tax rate or most fees. The property tax rate remains at 48.50 cents for a third year.

  • Man sought in Bolivia robbery arrested in Sampson County

    A man wanted in a May 31 robbery in Bolivia was arrested in Sampson County on Saturday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies were looking for 21-year-old Ondrick Lymell Cromartie in the crime, which happened about 9 p.m. in the 8000 block of Ocean Highway East. No one was injured during the robbery.

  • Gause reflects on 35 years of service to hometown

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause spent the last 35 years on the protecting and serving his beloved hometown.

    In fact, it’s the only place he’s ever worked.

    Raised in a law enforcement family, Gause said he knew from an early age the career path he’d take.

    “I’ve always loved law enforcement in general, and from day one I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.