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Today's News

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss entire jury pool

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to dismiss an entire jury pool in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Thursday marked the third consecutive day of jury selection in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Rolling car injures two Leland officers

    Two Leland police officers suffered minor injuries during a traffic stop.

    Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Leland Officer I. Rahman attempted a traffic stop at U.S. 74/76 west near the Mount Misery Road exit.

    The driver, Benjamin Patrick Jr., failed to yield to blue lights and siren for a short distance. Once he stopped, he had to be pulled from his vehicle.

    Patrick failed to put his vehicle into park and it began to roll backward, striking Rahman and Officer J. Salyer with the open door.

  • Accused child murderer’s lawyer moves to dismiss jury pool

    BOLIVIA — The lawyer for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy filed an oral motion to dismiss an entire jury pool after multiple potential jurors discussed the case outside the Brunswick County Superior Court courtroom with a television reporter Wednesday, March 25.

  • School board names Tubb superintendent

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Board of Education members voted interim Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb as permanent superintendent during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 24.

    After a final discussion in closed session, the board returned to open session and voted 4-1 for Tubb’s promotion.

    Chairwoman Catherine Cooke, vice chairwoman Shirley Babson and board members Bud Thorsen and Charlie Miller voted to keep Tubb in the superintendent’s seat.

  • Belville hosting grand opening of Riverwalk classroom pavilion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will host a grand opening of the classroom pavilion on the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park trail off River Road (N.C. 133) at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

    The event will be the first time the public is officially invited to see the first stage of the riverwalk for themselves, although people have wandered the trail to visit the pavilion site ever since the project began construction last October.

  • Belville says Leland bill for ABC permit unlawful

    BELVILLE — Belville officials say Leland’s legislative request for an ABC permit is unconstitutional.

    At a March 5 workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • Park and ride slow to catch on in Leland, but here to stay

    LELAND — Two out of three park and ride lots are in place in Leland, which transportation officials want more people to know.

    The park and ride program was created by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76.

  • County will hold public hearing for special sewer project in Carolina Shores North

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a preliminary assessment for a Special Assessment District (SAD) to install a sewer collection system to serve the Carolina Shores North subdivision.

    A SAD is created for an area where property owners have requested a public improvement and agreed to pay for that improvement through charges levied against owners within the district.

  • Sign angst brewing at Carolina Shores coffee shop

    CAROLINA SHORES — A local coffee shop owner believes he has grounds to complain the town of Carolina Shores is singling him out for sign violations.

    Eric Tryggeseth, longtime owner of Grand Strand Coffee Bar, has an issue with the town for making him remove signs promoting his business from the U.S. 17 right-of-way.

    “I’ve been fighting the town about signs about eight years,” said Tryggeseth, toiling Monday at his 10-year-old coffee shop in the Carolina Commons Shopping Center at U.S. 17 and Country Club Road in Carolina Shores.

  • Future developments under review in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Proposed plans for a senior apartment community and resort-wear store are in the development stages at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    Preliminary plans and a subdivision plat for Sunset Commons, a senior apartment community across from Seaside Methodist Church off N.C. 904, as well as a site plan for Perseus Resort Wear at The Village of Sunset Beach were reviewed by the town technical review committee (TRC) at a March 19 meeting.