Today's News

  • Virginia Williamson students produce anti-bullying film

     “I wonder why people hate me. Everyone finds it easy to bully me and it’s tough. It hurts me. I hate school. Some times I hate myself because of other people hating me. I wish I felt normal like other people.”

    That’s the opening monologue of a three-minute video Virginia Williamson Elementary School students produced earlier this month as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

    Virginia Williamson physical education teacher Nick Westfall spearheaded the effort to create the film and recruited the help of 12 fifth-grade students.

  • Leland firefighter accused of sex crimes involving girls

     A 49-year-old Leland firefighter accused of sexually exploiting girls faces 14 felony charges after his arrest Monday, July 27.

    Deputies arrested Brian David Saltsgaver, of Liz Lane, and charged him with indecent liberties, nine counts of felony disseminating obscenities and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Tuesday, July 28.

  • Adults invited to Leland’s 21-and-up field day Aug. 1

    Leland Parks and Recreation invites you to act like a kid for a day Saturday, Aug. 1 at its first Adult Field Day.

    The adults-only field day offers anyone 21 and older the opportunity to go back to the best day of school growing up.

    The events will be at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive, between the old and new town halls. Activities will begin at 4 p.m. and are expected to last until 7 p.m.

    Russell Grose, a recreation, sports leadership and tourism management major at UNC-Wilmington, created the adult field day.

  • Lightning blamed for two Leland fires



    Lightning is being blamed for fires that destroyed a home and an amenities center in Leland last week.

    Scott Garner, Brunswick County’s fire marshal, said officials believe lightning strikes during a strong thunderstorm Thursday, July 23, sparked the two fires.

    One fire significantly damaged a home on Evangeline Drive in the Brunswick Forest community. A separate lightning strike hit the clubhouse at Waterberry Plantation in the Jackey’s Creek area.

  • Leland town, planning boards address transportation

    Leland brought its town commissioners and planning board members together July 20 for a joint meeting to address transportation issues as more development comes into the town.

    “It was held to try to get everyone on the same page,” Leland Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Each board will soon review ordinance changes that propose including a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) as part of some development planning and adjusting town requirements for connecting streets in the town developments.

  • Work starts on new medical facility for south Brunswick

    CAROLINA SHORES — Construction of a future 20,000-square-foot medical plaza for the south end of Brunswick County has officially launched.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Novant Health facility took place Monday morning, July 27, at its future site at the corner of U.S. 17 and Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores.

    The new medical plaza will offer primary and specialty care as well as imaging services, according to Novant.

  • County commissioners hold special meeting but don’t explain why

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday night, July 28, talking for 90 minutes in closed session.

    When they finished and returned to open session, County Manager Ann Hardy announced a personnel decision was made, but said “state law doesn’t allow me to report (the decision).”

  • Questions surround reduced setbacks in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town planning board has tabled a request from developer D.R. Horton for reduced yard setbacks for an undeveloped phase in the Calabash Lakes community.

    The board decision came this past Monday, July 27, after a roomful of residents turned out to question proposed plans for 98 single-family detached dwellings in the community’s undeveloped Phase 3 section encompassing about 33 acres.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 20

    Pedro Sosa-Campos, 25, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of no operator’s license, careless and reckless driving, no insurance and unsafe movement.

    Larceny of a Samsung Galaxy 6 phone worth $685 from the ATMC Wireless store.

    July 21

    Kevin Davis Nixon, 38, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

    July 22

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 20

    Eddie Lee Wood was cited and released after taking merchandise from Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard without paying for it.

    Breaking and entering, larceny of an iPod from an unsecured motor vehicle parked on Night Harbor Drive.

    Possession of stolen property and obtaining property by false pretense; someone tried to pawn stolen property at a Village Road business.