Today's News

  • Emotional championship for Scorpions’ coach

    LELAND — Sixty seconds from fulfilling an 11-year dream — winning a conference championship — North Brunswick coach Travis Fortune pressed a white towel to his face. His Scorpions were about to scupper Northside-Jacksonville 83-63 — considered one of the top Class 2A teams in the region — and clinch the East Central Conference basketball championship Tuesday, Feb. 7.

  • Supply man faces felony charges in Feb. 2 fatal crash

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers have arrested a man involved in a fatal crash Feb. 2 in Supply.

    William Chandler McHenry, 24, of Blue Bird Lane in Supply was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with one felony count of second-degree murder, one felony count of aggravated death by motor vehicle, one felony count of serious injury by motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

  • Driving in Brunswick County is slowly driving me mad

    Dear lady driving the red SUV, you drive like a crazy person. You have me wondering if Brunswick County attracts crazy person drivers or if this place turns people crazy once they get behind the wheel.

    Because I think it might be getting to me, too.

    This happened recently: I was headed back to the Beacon one evening, driving along White Street toward the stop sign at Smith Avenue.

    As I have mentioned in the past, there is something about stop signs — really any type of intersection — in Brunswick County that makes people lose their minds.

  • NWS predicts neutral hurricane season

    WILMINGTON — Hurricane season modeling by the National Weather Service anticipates neither El Niño nor La Niña will influence storms this year.

    Steve Pfaff, a meteorologist at the NWS office in Wilmington, predicted a neutral hurricane season, one that won’t be affected by the wet weather of an El Niño or dry weather of a La Niña.

  • Butler replaces Hamilton as District 18 state rep

    LELAND — Wilmington lawyer Deborah Butler was voted the appointee to fill state Rep. Susi Hamilton’s Dist 18 seat in the General Assembly with overwhelming support from New Hanover County’s Democratic Party representatives.

    Two voting members each from New Hanover County and Brunswick County Democratic Parties made up the executive committee electors who met Feb. 1 at Leland Town Hall.

    Earla Pope and Millie Elledge were the New Hanover County representatives. Carl Parker and Charles Carroll represented Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners approve street name change to identify road for EMS

    Safety trumped history as Brunswick County commissioners adopted new street names for seven roads at Monday’s February meeting.

    Commissioners held a public hearing on the street name changes at the Feb. 6 meeting, but only one road’s switch prompted discussion.

    Mark Glenn asked that a driveway off Holden Beach Road, which was to be renamed Ausley Potter Road SW, be left alone. He said locals have recognized the road as Old H&L Road since 1944.

  • NCDOT aviation grant funds terminal upgrade at Southport airport

    Southport’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport will begin upgrades in 2017 that will see a new terminal building added to its facilities.

    In 2016, the airport received $3.5 million from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation to extend water and sewer lines and build the new terminal.

    The 6,000-foot water and sewer line extension will allow for expansion on the west side of the airport where the new terminal will be built.

  • Leland residents seek multi-use facility for young and old

    LELAND — Leland residents who attended a parks and recreation roundtable Monday night said they favor an indoor multi-use athletics facility if the town looks at getting into the sports game.

    Leland Operation Services Director Niel Brooks led the discussion at the joint meeting between the town board and parks and rec board to receive public input on the athletic needs of its growing population.

  • DA’s Office: canines to have place in Brunswick County courtrooms

    WHITEVILLE — A courtroom. A judge in a black robe. Twelve jurors. A child on the stand about to testify in the presence of the person who has done harm to them.

    Crippling anxiety and even fear overwhelms the child. But just one gentle touch of the service dog seated beside them helps get them through one of toughest moments in their young lives.

  • Task force arrests man on federal drug trafficking charges

    The FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, which includes two Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, arrested a man on federal charges related to drug trafficking, according to an FBI news release issued Feb. 1.

    Davin Lamont Smith, 41, of Bolivia was arrested at the Brunswick County Courthouse without incident Jan. 31, and had his initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Feb. 1, according to the release. He is set to be in federal court in Wilmington on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for a probable cause and detention hearing.