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Today's News

  • Deputies issue 121 citations during Booze It and Lose It campaign

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Booze It and Lose It campaign and issued more than 120 citations Friday, March 13, and into early Saturday morning, March 14, on U.S. 17 just south of Waterford Way in Leland.

    The checking station was in collaboration wit the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program St. Patrick’s Day weekend campaign, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

  • County commissioners return to bi-monthly meeting schedule

    Brunswick County will return to hosting two county meetings a month beginning in April.

    The county already implemented a meeting time change beginning at the March board session.

    At the March 16 meeting, commissioners called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. to hold closed session discussions at the start of the agenda before returning to open session at 6:30 p.m.

  • Former NFL quarterback delivers strong message to WBHS freshmen

     SHALLOTTE — Students at West Brunswick High School have heard drug and alcohol abstinence speeches before, but last Friday’s message was different.

    Almost 300 West Brunswick freshmen gathered inside the school’s gymnasium March 20 on the Shallotte campus to hear it from former NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel III, the son of former NFL star Roman Gabriel.

  • Leland officials seek grants for pedestrian projects

    LELAND — Leland officials have agreed to commit to building a multi-use path off Westgate Drive to receive a grant for the project.

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) told the town money was available for the project through the Surface Transportation-Direct Appointment Funds.

    The town submitted a project to create a 10-foot multi-purpose path from Westgate Drive behind Wal-Mart to follow a power line easement through Brunswick Forest to Rice Gate Way.

  • Self-initiated warrants persist in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Most criminal charges are levied after local law enforcement agencies thoroughly investigate a case. Not as many people are familiar with self-initiated warrants, meaning someone can make a criminal complaint in front of a magistrate, leading to the arrest of another person.

    Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who sits as a prosecutor during cases stemming from self-initiated warrants, said these cases are popular in Brunswick County.

  • Board approves bus driver attendance incentive program

     The Brunswick County Board of Education has approved a bus driver attendance incentive program that aims to encourage drivers to receive perfect attendance from now until the beginning of June.

    The board voted unanimously at a March 17 policy committee meeting to approve the incentive program, which was championed by district transportation director Bobby Taylor.

    Regular bus drivers and regular transportation safety assistants are eligible for the incentive program, while substitute drivers are not eligible, according to a March 17 news release.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate jumps to 8 percent to start 2015

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in January 2015.

    The rate increased from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and was closer to January 2014’s high of 8.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate last hit 8 percent unemployment in December 2013.

    The county hit a two-year low at 6.0 percent in October 2014 but has increased each month since.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Three Supply residents face heroin trafficking charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a trio of Supply residents Thursday, March 19, on various drug charges.

    Agents arrested 18-year-old Tariah Mona Darling, 28-year-old Kristopher Daniel Schultz and 20-year-old Jonathan Velez after a brief investigation, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Friday, March 20.

    Darling, Schultz and Velez are accused of “trafficking by transportation of 4 grams or more but less than 14 grams of heroin,” warrants show.

  • New Hanover beats West in boys’ lacrosse

     SHALLOTTE — New Hanover beat West Brunswick 17-3 in a boys’ conference lacrosse game March 24 at West.

    For West, freshman William Britt scored in the first quarter, junior Austin Mokma scored in the second period and senior Daniel McRainey scored in the third quarter.

    West trailed 6-1 after the first quarter and 9-2 at the half. The score was 12-3 after three quarters.

    The game was the third for West in its first year of lacrosse.

  • New Hanover beats West in girls’ lacrosse

     West Brunswick lost 14-0 to Class 4A New Hanover in a girls’ conference lacrosse game March 24 at West.

    The Trojans, in the third game of the first-year program, trailed 10-0 at the half. With some changes in the lineup in the second half, West got more shots on goal and allowed four goals the rest of the game.

    Sarah Poulin was the goalkeeper in the first half, and she made several saves through the half, including three straight saves before New Hanover scored its final goal of the half. Freshman Tatum Jennings was the goalkeeper in the second half.