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Today's News

  • Trojans defeat Ashley in baseball

    West Brunswick beat Ashley 7-2 Tuesday, April 14, in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game in Wilmington.

    West scored four runs in the second and two in the third on the way to the victory.

    Charlie Carcich had three RBIs. Austin Turner had two hits. Zachary Johnson hit a double. Hunter Ashburn hit a triple. Gray Cheers had a hit and one RBI.

    Brett Babson was the winning pitcher. In seven innings, he gave up five hits and had eight strikeouts.

    West is 5-3 in the conference, 14-3 overall.

  • Leland police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    April 3

    Theron Michael Johnson was arrested on larceny and possession of stolen property charges.

    Tamala McLamb was cited and released on charges of larceny and possession of stolen property.

  • Shallotte police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    April 8

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a 42-inch flat-screen television, fishing poles and a set of dumbbells, with a total value of $600, from a Country Club Drive residence.

    April 9

    Check fraud; someone cashed a fraudulent check for $9,633.40 at a bank on Whiteville Road.

    April 10

  • Magnolia Greens hosts first east coast MARSOC Foundation Golf Tournament

    Golfers have an opportunity to hits the links to support the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) April 17.

    The MARSOC Foundation is bringing its fundraising golf tournament to the east coast and chose Leland to host the first event.

    The MARSOC Foundation East Coast Golf Tournament will be held Friday at Magnolia Greens Golf Course.

    George Rogers, CEO of national sponsor RQ Construction, said they decided on golf tournaments for fundraising because it allows people to help the cause while doing something they already enjoy.

  • Permit issues main topics of OIB town board meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed Tuesday, April 14, to start the permitting process for running their own beach renourishment projects, just in case they ever need to go it alone.

    Ocean Isle Beach staff hired Coastal Planning and Engineering to create a 30-year Beach Management Plan to maintain their beach from Shallotte Inlet to Tubbs Inlet.

    The town is part of the federal coastal storm damage reduction project which added 600,000 cubic yards of sand to the east end of the beach in 2006, 509,000 cubic yards in 2010 and 800,000 cubic yards in 2014.

  • Leland considers raising tax rate to increase police numbers

    LELAND — Leland officials are considering whether it’s time to increase services, which would increase the town’s tax rate.

    Town council members and staff reviewed department needs and budget options during a workshop Monday, April 13.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the town will have a budget somewhere around $9 million.

  • County budget talks lead to look at financing for park projects

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has decided to review its pay-as-you-go plan for capital improvements.

    The discussion about a shift in recent policy came at the April 8 budget workshop when the costs of park improvements came up.

    The county proposed making $4.5 million in renovations at Smithville Park in Southport in October 2014.

    At the budget workshop, the administrative staff revised the amount proposed to spend to $2.4 million, cutting out infrastructure and parking upgrades in fiscal year 2015-16.

  • County could increase taxes to maintain revenues

    BOLIVIA — To maintain the same amount of revenues after property revaluation, Brunswick County would have to implement a higher tax rate of 48.50 cents for 2015-16.

    County Manager Ann Hardy didn’t propose a tax increase, just provided the numbers to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during a two-day budget workshop April 8-9.

    The 2014-15 ad valorem tax rate is 44.25 cents.

    The property tax revaluation decreased property value by $359 million from $24,907,383,670 to $22,920,451,666.

  • Investigation leads to Leland traffic stop, two arrests and drug confiscation

    Two Wilmington men have been arrested after a months-long drug investigation by three law enforcement agencies led to a traffic stop near Leland on Monday afternoon, April 13.

  • Magazine names Sunset Beach top retirement destination

    Sunset Beach is one of eight coastal Carolina towns chosen as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire magazine.

    The Brunswick County beach town is featured in the latest May-June issue of the magazine in an article, “8 Coastal Camelots in the Carolinas.”

    Other North Carolina towns featured are Southport, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington. South Carolina coastal communities are Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Beaufort.