Today's News

  • OIB commissioners tap Blythe to serve out Grantham’s term

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners selected Carolyn Parker Blythe to replace D.B. Grantham on the town board Tuesday, April 12.

    “Unfortunately, Commissioner Grantham resigned because he moved outside of the city limits,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

    Commissioner Betty Williamson nominated Blythe, who was unanimously approved by the remaining four commissioners.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 28, 29, 30, 31 and April 1 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, March 28

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Leland’s first Gateway district subdivision approved

    LELAND — Leland’s planning board approved a preliminary subdivision plan March 29 for the first development tailored to the town’s Gateway project.

    Harrington Village subdivision is a multifamily development planned off of Village Road between Baldwin Drive and Fairview Road.

    Harrington Village Developers LLC purchased eight parcel totaling 19.73 acres, including the Leland Flea Market property that faces Village Road.

  • What has happened to the neighborhood glue which holds society together?
  • New LCAC manager wants to put programs into community hands

    LELAND — The future of the Leland Cultural Arts Center will be molded by manager Julianne Scott, who started working for the town March 29.

    “My main concern is growth. We want to expand our offerings to get more people here, especially more young people,” Scott said.

    Leland officials set goals at a Jan. 28 vision meeting for LCAC to add more classes and activities with a new manager after Jill Brown resigned as manager at the end of 2015.

  • Leland pinwheels for child abuse prevention

    LELAND — Leland police built a pinwheel garden in the grass in front of town hall this week to promote awareness of child abuse prevention.

    Lts. Jeremy Humphries and Josh Spence, Officers Inman Rahman and Jackie Roman, and intern Tyler McElroy helped set up the display with pinwheels and signs of support in an effort to get the word out about Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed in April.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in February from January’s 8.1 percent.

    The rate is still higher at the start of 2016 than 2015. February of 2015 was down to 7.5 percent from 8.0 percent unemployment in January 2015.

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

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate also fell slightly, to 5.7 percent in February from 5.8 percent in January.

  • Shaking the salt habit


    In last week’s column, I talked about the recommendation that most Americans should cut back on the amount of sodium we consume. The goal would be less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and for some even less. When we say sodium in the diet, in general we’re referring to salt, which is a combination of sodium and chloride. If you’re not really into milligrams, 2,300 milligrams would be as much sodium as you get in a little less than a teaspoon of salt.


    Cutting back is easier said than done

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    O thou weed,

    Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet

    That the sense aches at thee.

                    William Shakespeare, Othello; Act 4, scene 2


     Even weeds can be wonderful.

  • This is how you know it’s going to be a long night

    This week I am going to let the fine people who read this into the newsroom to experience what it is like when the day goes long and we are waiting on one more report before the paper goes to press so we can call it a day.

    It isn’t a weekly occurrence, despite the fact we’re a weekly paper, but there are days that seem to stretch into infinity and that is when the philosophical questions of our time get asked and answered — like last week, when I first proposed my unifying theory of fast-food chicken places out loud.