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Today's News

  • Leland considers raising tax rate to increase police numbers

    LELAND — Leland officials are considering whether it’s time to increase services, which would increase the town’s tax rate.

    Town council members and staff reviewed department needs and budget options during a workshop Monday, April 13.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the town will have a budget somewhere around $9 million.

  • Investigation leads to Leland traffic stop, two arrests and drug confiscation

    Two Wilmington men have been arrested after a months-long drug investigation by three law enforcement agencies led to a traffic stop near Leland on Monday afternoon, April 13.

  • Fire departments ask county to make up difference from collected fire fees

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County fire fee payments to fire departments could be restructured for a second consecutive year.

    At an April 9 budget workshop, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners discussed a request presented by Fire Marshal Scott Garner from some of the departments to receive 100 percent of the assessed fire fee rates, with the county making up the difference from fees that can’t be collected.

  • Permit issues main topics of OIB town board meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed Tuesday, April 14, to start the permitting process for running their own beach renourishment projects, just in case they ever need to go it alone.

    Ocean Isle Beach staff hired Coastal Planning and Engineering to create a 30-year Beach Management Plan to maintain their beach from Shallotte Inlet to Tubbs Inlet.

    The town is part of the federal coastal storm damage reduction project which added 600,000 cubic yards of sand to the east end of the beach in 2006, 509,000 cubic yards in 2010 and 800,000 cubic yards in 2014.

  • Beaver bounty considered for 2015-16 budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has been asked to consider a beaver bounty for Brunswick County.

    Stephanie Lewis, director of operation services, proposed putting $10,000 into a pilot program to remove beavers and clear their dams that cause trouble throughout the county.

    Lewis said the county has paid $4,000 a year for the past few years to participate in the Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP), a federal program that provided participating counties with an agency to call for beaver problems.

  • Brunswick County debt rating raised

    Brunswick County’s general obligation debt rating has been raised from AA to AA+ and its appropriation-backed debt rating raised from AA- to AA in Standard & Poor’s Ratings released this week.

    Brunswick County’s series 2015A and 2015B limited obligation bonds were also given a rating of AA by Standard & Poor’s, and a rating of Aa3 by Moody’s Investors Services this week.

  • SBHS students charged in school system network hack

    Two South Brunswick High School students are accused of hacking into Brunswick County Schools’ computer syatem and disrupting the district’s Internet connectivity.

  • Traffic stop results in largest Brunswick County heroin seizure

    A collaborative months-long investigation of a pair of Supply cousins led to a traffic stop April 7 resulting in the largest seizure of heroin in Brunswick County history.

    Deputies stopped a rented minivan at U.S. 17 and N.C. 87 near Winnabow about 9:30 p.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Evidence of drugs within the van prompted them to contact the Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased in February to 7.5 percent after soaring to 8 percent in January.

    The rate had fallen to 6.3 percent in December 2014.

    The county had an 8.3 percent unemployment rate in February 2014.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, which reported the state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in February, down from 5.9 percent in January.

  • Detectives ID man wanted in December larceny

    Brunswick County sheriff's detectives have identified a Longwood man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop last winter.

    Curtis James Robinson, 52, whose last known address is on Daniel Butler Road, is wanted on charges of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of failure to appear in court, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued April 9.