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Today's News

  • Local shucker one of country’s best

     Lisa Bellamy is an oyster-shucking legend.

    She’s dominated the N.C. Oyster Festival professional shucking competition so many times, she can’t remember how many times she’s been crowned top shucker.

    “I lost count awhile back,” Bellamy said. “It’s been fun.”

  • Walk in the park: Developer announces plans for swamp adventure facility

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Rube McMullan is embarrassed to admit he bought a piece of property a stone’s throw from Ocean Isle Beach before he even knew what it was.

    But after a kayaking trip with his son, Barrett, down the Shallotte River between U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach off what locals have come to know as “Four Mile Road,” Rube knows exactly what he wants to do with his land.

  • What's in your trunk? Carolina Shores man alerts Consumer Reports about no spare tire

    CAROLINA SHORES — When Bob Kronberg bought a pre-owned Kia last fall, he got a surprise after driving it home.

    Upon closer inspection inside the trunk of his newly purchased 2012 Optima, he learned that instead of a spare tire, the vehicle was equipped with a tire repair kit that included a small air compressor and can of flat-tire sealant.

  • Woman accused of stealing shark tooth from museum

     A Chapel Hill woman is accused of stealing a prehistoric shark’s tooth from the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.

    Alison Ailene Erca, 62, of Brights Way was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, and charged with felony larceny, Southport Police Sgt. Mike Williams said.

    A woman removed the C. Megalodon shark’s tooth from its glass enclosure and left the museum with another woman just after 2 p.m., Oct. 9 museum curator and manager Mary Strickland said. Museum employees noticed the tooth was missing late that afternoon and nothing else was stolen.

  • Leland native’s Johnny Cash tribute band swinging through Brunswick County Oct. 26

    The music of The Man in Black comes around to the Amuzu Theater in Southport Oct. 26 as performed by the North Brunswick native who fronts the Johnny Cash tribute band, Johnny Folsom 4.

    The Johnny Folsom 4 will play a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the theater at 11 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For lead singer David Burney the show is somewhat of a homecoming as he grew up in North Brunswick County.

    He was from Leland before Leland was a town.

    Leland was great. A small place where everyone knew everyone,” Burney said.

  • North Brunswick Home Improvement Show caters to community

    The North Brunswick Home Improvement Show brings a novel approach to introducing customers to vendors.

    The North Brunswick show, from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Magnolia Greens Club Room, 1800 Linkwood Drive, Leland, is one of a few yearly events tailored to the local community.

    Anna Fisher of Carolina Closet Company said the 31 vendors coming to the North Brunswick show are sought to cover everything someone could think of to hire for a home improvement project and all of them are local to the area.

  • Third teen charged in Leland home invasion

    A third teen has been charged in a Leland home invasion.

    Raekwon Damar Chestnut, 18, of Cornwallis Road, Turkey, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 15, and is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $50,000 bail, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Tijuan Terrill Campbell, 17, of Scronce Road, Harrells, and Jaleel Mekiah Spearman, 16, of North Bladen Avenue, Garland, were arrested Oct. 11 in Sampson County. Campbell is being held on $1 million bail and Spearman on $50,000 bail.

  • Carolina Shores introduces new code compliance officer

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town of Carolina Shores has a new part-time code compliance officer.

    Gail Treglia, who started work with the town Sept. 30, introduced herself at the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Oct. 9.

    Originally from Maryland, Treglia said she worked with the state police there for 25 years before retiring in 2005.

    Clubview paving contract approved

  • First presentation of Westgate Nature Park second phase receives public support

    LELAND–Restrooms, sidewalks and parking were some of the issues Leland residents want to ensure go into the next phase of Westgate Nature Park.

    But the small group that came to Leland town hall Oct. 9 was encouraging of the proposed plan the Parks and Recreation department has envisioned.

    The Parks and Rec staff presented a second phase site plan for an additional trail that would extend the current trail.

  • Contractor chosen to start Riverwalk Park project’s first phase

    Belville selected Coastal Marine Construction to begin clearing the way for the Riverwalk Park project off River Road (NC 133).

    Commissioner Joe Breault said Coastal Marine provided Belville a low bid of $4,800 to clear the trail, space for a classroom pavilion site and areas for two picnic tables.

    Breault announced at the Riverwalk groundbreaking on Oct. 4 that work would begin in 10 days. Finalizing a contractor delayed that start date.

    He anticipated work to clear the path for the phase I walking trail would begin Monday.