Today's News

  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of most of its acute care facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply, until further notice because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus.

    Those 13 and older who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients being treated at Novant Health facilities. However, people who are seeking treatment at hospitals are not subject to the restriction.

  • Drooling giraffe

    Cindy Reading Graham snapped this photo Jan. 6 of an icicle that formed on the mouth of the giraffe at Ocean Isle Mini Golf on the Ocean Isle Beach island. “I thought it was so funny. Sunday it was a little longer. Monday it was completely gone.”

  • School board OKs amended schedule for snow days

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education approved changing Tuesday, Jan. 23, from a required teacher workday to a regular school day for students to make up a snow day.

    The last day of the semester also will be extended by two days to make up the remaining snow days. It will now be Jan. 25, as requested by Superintendent Les Tubb and approved by the board during its regular meeting Jan. 9.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks stolen truck

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teal 2002 Ford F350 XLF Power Stroke diesel truck stolen sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 in the 8100 block of River Road, Southport.

    According to a Facebook post, the tailgate of the truck has a unique pinstripe design that can also be found on the dashboard of the truck.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Fuller at 398-5335.

  • Leland to host public meeting on parks and rec plan

    Talking about the need for a recreation building in Leland in 2017 has led town officials to re-evaluate its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan in 2018.

    The parks and recreation department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Leland Town Hall seeking public input for the PROS Master Plan update.

    The plan, created in 2008 and revised in 2014, has become obsolete because od the town’s rapid growth, operation services director Niel Brooks, said.

  • Car crashes into Leland restaurant

    No one suffered major injuries after a vehicle crashed into a Leland restaurant Jan. 9.

    The silver Chevy Cruze plowed into the front of Bessie Burger at 1120 E. Cutlar Crossing in Brunswick Forest about 1:45 p.m.

    No one inside the restaurant was injured and the two people in the car were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for a medical evaluation, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    The driver of the car, who was not named, is a man in his 80s, Humphries said.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate rises above 5 percent for October

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased from 4.9 percent for September to 5.2 percent for October.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County was at its lowest in June at 4.8 percent, then rose to 5 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August.

    For 2017, Brunswick County unemployment started at 7.7 percent in January, fell to 6.7 percent in February and 5.8 percent in March, then dropped to 5 percent unemployment in April and stayed there through May.

  • Leland gang member charged in Saturday standoff

    Police arrested a Leland gang member following a standoff Saturday in Wilmington.

    Justin “Juddy” Oliver, 28, is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resisting or delaying arrest and second-degree trespassing. He is a validated member of the Bloods Gang, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

    Police responded about 6 a.m. to a call about a man with a gun an apartment at Houston Moore Terrace in the 1300 block of Greenfield Street. After they arrived, they heard two gunshots come from within the residence.

  • Calabash shifts into budget mode

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved their budget work calendar for the year that launches Jan. 25 and continues monthly through April.

    The first board workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at town hall on Persimmon Road to discuss overall goals and objectives.

    Department requests are due to Town Administrator Chuck Nance by Feb. 14. Nance will meet with commissioner/finance director Michael Price later that month to review department requests.

    Subsequent board budget workshops are scheduled for March 7, April 4 and April 25.

  • Agents arrest two Supply men on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested two Supply men on a variety of drug charges.

    Charles Junior Simmons, 59, and Jaquan Tirece Hankins, 19, were arrested Friday, Jan. 12.

    Simmons is charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, trafficking opium, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.