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Today's News

  • 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 16

    James Christopher Jacobs was arrested on charges of assault, drunk and disruptive, larceny, property damage and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

    Michael Colon was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

  • Belville sets hearing on proposed tax increase

    BELVILLE — Belville residents will have the chance to sway the town board’s decision on whether to increase taxes for fiscal year 2016-17 during a public hearing at the June 27 town meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed an $816,000 town budget with no tax increase during the May 23 town meeting. Belville’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

  • Leland budget proposes 3.18-cent tax increase

    LELAND — Leland officials will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, to receive feedback on the 2016-17 budget’s proposed 3.18-cent tax increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members a $10.6 million budget for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    Hollis’ budget proposal includes an increase in the tax rate to .1833 cents per $100 valuation.

    Leland has kept the tax rate at .1515 cents per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Holden Beach asks county to ‘co-sign’ financing

    BOLIVIA — Holden Beach is seeking Brunswick County’s help to receive financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    The town’s Central Reach beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett told county commissioners May 16 the town needs their help to start the beach renourishment project by the end of the year.

  • OrthoWilmington breaks ground for new office along U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — OrthoWilmington broke ground on a new medical office along U.S. 17 on Friday, May 20.

    The building will consolidate the OrthoWilmington offices from Supply and Sunset Beach in one location, Drs. Thomas Kelso and Michael Marushack said.

    Kelso and Marushack bought the property before merging their medical office, Orthopaedic Specialists, which included five physicians and three to four physicians assistants, with OrthoWilmiington in 2015.

  • State election board to hear protest May 31

    The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.

    The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

    Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.

  • TSB releases report on March helicopter crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on a March 23 helicopter crash at Cape Fear Regional Jetport near Southport in which a man suffered minor injuries.

    The flight instructor, Jessica Ward, who is also the owner of High Tides Helicopters on the property, said the student pilot was asked to do multiple "pickups and set downs" on a grass area at the airport.

  • Holden Beach board approves town noise ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners officially approved the town’s noise ordinance that has been in the works, pending one change.

    The four newest Holden Beach town commissioners — John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal — introduced ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats on the board Dec. 8, along with Ken Kyser, the only re-elected commissioner, and approved the majority of the changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

  • From Holden Beach to Haiti: Couple holds garage sale to benefit orphanage

    HOLDEN BEACH — Sometimes, interruptions in life are a good thing.

    That’s what Suzanne and Tim Roseberry, of Holden Beach, soon realized after learning about an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, and how they could help the 27 children living there from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

    “We’re thankful for the interruption,” Tim said. “We’re thankful for God for stopping us long enough and saying ‘Hey, these kids need help.’”

  • School bus involved in May 20 accident

    A Brunswick County Schools bus was involved in an accident Friday, May 20.

    No students were on board at the time and no injuries were reported, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

     Trooper T.D. Wheeler of the North Carolina State Highway said the school bus was turning left at U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue when was it was sideswiped by another vehicle. He said neither driver was injured.