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Today's News

  • Band of the Week: EastBound Band gets down June 11 in Leland

    “Modern country” would be the category EastBound Band would land under if you were to look them up.

    But audiences, given a chance to see the band’s live show, would walk away finding it difficult to label them as just country.

    They’ll have that chance again when EastBound performs in Leland’s second Summer Concert of the Season, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in Leland Municipal Park behind Leland Town Hall.

  • Shrine Club to host fish fry Saturday in Shallotte

    The South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club is hosting a fish fry Saturday, June 13, at Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department. 

    Shriners will begin serving the food and cold beverages at 11 a.m. at the fire department at 4126 Pigott Road.  Individuals can choose between a fish or shrimp plate that comes with slaw, hushpuppies and a drink. A plate costs $10.

    The fish fry is held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Shriners Flounder Tournament, which is held Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. 

  • Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    June 1

    Teresa C. Biles, 57, of 217 Live Oak Drive, charged with pointing a gun/assault by strangulation.

    June 3

    Identity theft reported on Plover Court.

    June 4

    Larceny of cell phone, Seaside Road.

    Breaking and entering, larceny of television, camera and assorted camera equipment on Royal Poste Road.

    June 6

  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • Towns address McCrory's $2.85B 'Connect NC' bond proposal for state

    At least two Brunswick County towns have delayed commitment on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed “Connect NC,” a $2.85 billion bond proposal to improve the state’s infrastructure.

    McCrory’s office is seeking support for Connect NC by asking local government leaders to review information and to adopt resolutions supporting it.

  • OIB agrees to roundabout at N.C. 179 intersection

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials made the N.C. 179 roundabout official by agreeing to put $250,000 in town funds into the project.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve moving forward and using town funds, if necessary, to cover the town costs.

    “I’m going to work diligently to raise some of that money,” Mayor Debbie Smith said of searching for grants to cover the $250,000 the board agreed to pay for the project.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham was the lone board member to vote against the roundabout.

  • Ocean Isle Beach officials approve budget, CIP priorities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the town’s 2015-16 budget at Tuesday’s June meeting.

    The budget increases the town tax rate to .1875 per $100 valuation for the next fiscal year.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s tax rate for 2014-15 was .155 per $100 valuation.

    The tax increase was the town’s response to the tax revaluation that decreased the town tax base by 7.21 percent or $128,320,613.

  • Leland Police reports

    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.

    May 28

    Assault on a female on Village Road.

    Two-vehicle crash at U.S. 17 North and Ocean Gate Plaza resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash in Village Road parking lot resulting in property damage.

    Financial card transaction fraud by someone who used the victim’s credit card without authorization.

    Identity theft at Ocean Gate Plaza.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    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.

    June 1

    Call for service; someone who wanted to cash an IRS check called and threatened the victim.

    June 2

    Larceny; someone pushed a shopping cart with $442 worth of products out of Wal-Mart.

    Lost or stolen wallet reported by victim who could not locate the wallet, containing items valued at $180, after leaving store.

  • Leland scraps plans for use of old town hall

    LELAND — Leland officials have scrapped plans to reuse the old town hall, and the buildings may be next.

    The town administration anticipates moving into the new Leland Town Hall by August.

    For the past year, town commissioners have considered repurposing the old town hall.

    At a March 2014 town meeting, the board reviewed possible options once the staff is relocated, which included leasing the building or demolishing it. The estimated demolition cost was $30,000.