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Today's News

  • Leland police charge four boys in schools' vandalism

    Leland police charged three boys and are looking for a fourth who they said vandalized North Brunswick High and Leland Middle schools about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 25.

    Several buildings and sidewalks as well as 11 school buses at the high school were spray painted with “obscenities and other writings,” Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Tuesday, April 26. The vandals also spray painted a sign at the middle school.

    Humphries said detectives estimated the boys caused $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

  • Oak Island water tap deal could cost county

    BOLIVIA — Merging Oak Island’s water and wastewater systems into Brunswick County utilities could cost more than county officials anticipated.

    County Manager Ann Hardy told county commissioners at their April 18 meeting three issues needed to be resolved related to the acquisition of Oak Island’s water and sewer systems.

    Oak Island’s town council voted Nov. 10, 2015, to request Brunswick County officials explore the feasibility of acquiring its water and wastewater system.

  • County health assessment targets areas for improvement

    Results of the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Brunswick County show residents are concerned about chronic disease, obesity and drug and alcohol use and abuse.

    David Stanley, the county’s health and human services director, presented the assessment to the county board of commissioners during its April 18 meeting.

    The assessment, a review of health priorities for county residents, is based partly on a community survey and partly on local, state and federal health statistics, Stanley said.

  • Oak Island man becomes county’s first 2016 lottery winner

    A split-second decision to buy a lottery ticket turned into a lucky one for Dylan Hudson of Oak Island after he won $250,000 playing the new $250,000 Fortune scratch-off game to become the county’s first lottery winner in 2016.

    Hudson bought the $5 ticket at the Market Express on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    “I just went to get a tank of gas and decided to get a ticket,” Hudson, a construction worker, said in a news release. He is the first person to claim a top prize in the game.

  • Sunset Beach meetings scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a budget workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, May 2, in the town hall council chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N. to review and discuss the proposed 2016-2017 budget.

    Council has scheduled a second budget workshop for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in town hall council chambers, if needed.

    Council will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, with a closed session to consult with the town attorney and to discuss a personnel matter.

  • Supply businessman accused of animal cruelty

    The operator of a Supply-based lawn care service is accused of starving dogs and pigs, as well as failing to dispose of dead pigs properly.

    Clayton Lee Robinson, 56, of Supply Street SE, is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and a single count of failing to dispose of dead domesticated animals, warrants show. The charges are misdemeanors.

    A warrant shows Robinson, who runs Honey-Do’s Lawn Service, “unlawfully and willfully did intentionally deprive of necessary sustenance” dogs and pigs on his property.

  • Leland agrees to allow gated communities again

    LELAND — Leland had a packed town hall March 29 for a contentious planning board meeting that ended in a split vote on allowing gated communities back in the town.

    On April 21, the Leland town board had almost as many concerned citizens attend its meeting, but the decision was one-sided.

    Leland officials voted unanimously, 5-0, to once again allow developers to build gated communities.

  • Public Safety Day May 7

    Local law enforcement will be on hand to meet with the public during Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the site of the old Piggly Wiggly store at 925 Seaside Road.

    Highlights include fire trucks and hoses, a fire safety house, hands-on CPR, fire extinguisher training, child care seat checks, smoke alarm installations, fire safety materials and more.

    The public is invited to come out and meet local firefighters, participate in interactive displays and ask questions of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and fire department staff.

  • Oak Island Fire Department to begin testing fire hydrants

    Oak Island Fire Department will begin testing fire hydrants Wednesday, April 27. They will begin in two separate areas at the same time.

    First area: Hydrant testing will begin at SW Yacht and West Oak Island drives. Staff will test hydrants up and down all north- and southwest streets working their way east towards Middleton. Once at Middleton, they will continue working their way east up and down all north- and southeast streets until they reach 58th Street.

  • Wildfire burns 20 acres near Whiteville Road in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — A woods fire burned 20 undeveloped acres behind New Beginnings Community Church and ATMC offices on Whiteville Road on Wednesday afternoon.

    North Carolina Forest Service spokesman Brian Haines reported two bulldozers were able to plow a fire line to keep the fire from spreading.

    The fire started west of Ruby Way NW, where Shallotte Fire Department trucks and the Forest Service protected ATMC buildings that extend along Ruby Way as well as several manufactured homes further down the road.