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Today's News

  • NWS predicts neutral hurricane season

    WILMINGTON — Hurricane season modeling by the National Weather Service anticipates neither El Niño nor La Niña will influence storms this year.

    Steve Pfaff, a meteorologist at the NWS office in Wilmington, predicted a neutral hurricane season, one that won’t be affected by the wet weather of an El Niño or dry weather of a La Niña.

  • Butler replaces Hamilton as District 18 state rep

    LELAND — Wilmington lawyer Deborah Butler was voted the appointee to fill state Rep. Susi Hamilton’s Dist 18 seat in the General Assembly with overwhelming support from New Hanover County’s Democratic Party representatives.

    Two voting members each from New Hanover County and Brunswick County Democratic Parties made up the executive committee electors who met Feb. 1 at Leland Town Hall.

    Earla Pope and Millie Elledge were the New Hanover County representatives. Carl Parker and Charles Carroll represented Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners approve street name change to identify road for EMS

    Safety trumped history as Brunswick County commissioners adopted new street names for seven roads at Monday’s February meeting.

    Commissioners held a public hearing on the street name changes at the Feb. 6 meeting, but only one road’s switch prompted discussion.

    Mark Glenn asked that a driveway off Holden Beach Road, which was to be renamed Ausley Potter Road SW, be left alone. He said locals have recognized the road as Old H&L Road since 1944.

  • NCDOT aviation grant funds terminal upgrade at Southport airport

    Southport’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport will begin upgrades in 2017 that will see a new terminal building added to its facilities.

    In 2016, the airport received $3.5 million from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation to extend water and sewer lines and build the new terminal.

    The 6,000-foot water and sewer line extension will allow for expansion on the west side of the airport where the new terminal will be built.

  • Leland residents seek multi-use facility for young and old

    LELAND — Leland residents who attended a parks and recreation roundtable Monday night said they favor an indoor multi-use athletics facility if the town looks at getting into the sports game.

    Leland Operation Services Director Niel Brooks led the discussion at the joint meeting between the town board and parks and rec board to receive public input on the athletic needs of its growing population.

  • DA’s Office: canines to have place in Brunswick County courtrooms

    WHITEVILLE — A courtroom. A judge in a black robe. Twelve jurors. A child on the stand about to testify in the presence of the person who has done harm to them.

    Crippling anxiety and even fear overwhelms the child. But just one gentle touch of the service dog seated beside them helps get them through one of toughest moments in their young lives.

  • Task force arrests man on federal drug trafficking charges

    The FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, which includes two Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, arrested a man on federal charges related to drug trafficking, according to an FBI news release issued Feb. 1.

    Davin Lamont Smith, 41, of Bolivia was arrested at the Brunswick County Courthouse without incident Jan. 31, and had his initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Feb. 1, according to the release. He is set to be in federal court in Wilmington on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for a probable cause and detention hearing.

  • Two die in separate Supply traffic collisions

    Two people died in separate traffic collisions in Brunswick County within about 48 hours of each other.

    David Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad said both crashes happened around 8 p.m.

    The first crash happened Jan. 31 when 36-year-old Elliott Ramose Donate of Puerto Rico was driving south in a white Honda Civic in the 2000 block of Oxpen Road. Robinson said Donate ran off the road before over-correcting and crossing the center line, striking a woman driving a four-door passenger car.

  • Winnabow woman sentenced for promoting prostitution of minor

    A Winnabow woman will spend at least three in prison after pleading guilty to promoting the prostitution of a minor in New Hanover County Court.

    New Hanover County District 5 Second Division Resident Superior Court Judge Phyllis M. Gorham ordered 26-year-old Kasi Lynn Smith of Academy Drive NE to serve between 44 and 65 months in the Division of Adult Correction after Smith pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 6, to felony promoting prostitution of a minor.

  • Shallotte man arrested in S.C. shooting

    U.S. Marshals arrested a Shallotte man wanted in an October shooting in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    A spokesman for the Marshals Service said Alexander Lamont Grissett, 19, was taken into custody without incident a home on Cotton Patch Road in Shallotte on Jan. 31 around 11 a.m. The spokesman said Grissett previously lived in Supply.