Today's News

  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Out of concern for the health and well-being of its patients, Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of all of its hospital facilities because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus throughout the community. This restriction is effective Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 a.m. until further notice.

    The restrictions apply to all hospitals throughout the Novant Health system, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Man accused of taking indecent liberties with child

    A Leland man is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child last weekend.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 63-year-old Kenneth Ray Wells of Maco Road on Saturday.

    Warrants show the incident happened Feb. 25 and involved a child younger than 16.

     Wells was released Feb. 26 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $30,000 bail.    

  • Brunswick County Community Foundation accepts grant applications

    The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, board president Barbara Patten said in a news release.

    Funds are available for nonprofits serving general charitable needs in Brunswick County. Applications are available online beginning March 3. Go to nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 4.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate kidnapping

    Sunset Beach police are investigating a kidnapping reported Thursday, Feb. 23, on Clubhouse Road in Sea Trail.

    An officer found a woman bound with duct tape and lying on the floor on a couple of blankets inside her apartment during a check after the department had not heard from her that morning, Interim Police Chief Joe Smith said.

  • BCAR figures show healthy residential real estate market

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market is healthy, according to the most recent statistics released by Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • Winnabow fire destroys home, damages two others

    A weekend fire destroyed a home and damaged two others in Winnabow. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County E911 dispatchers received a call about a structure fire in the 100 block of Caicos Court at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, records show.

    Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department Chief John Grimes said several callers reported the owner of the house at 11 Caicos Court was out of town and a dog was inside. His department requested an additional engine company from New Hanover County, with units arriving within eight minutes.

  • Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District director Caison receives national award
  • WPD: Leland contractor stole $130K in property

    Wilmington police say a Leland contractor stole $130,000 in property while on the job.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old Wayne Timothy Efird, of Fairview Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on Figure Eight Island. Police charged him with nine counts of obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny by an employee.

  • Annual controlled burns at Orton Plantation begin March 6

    Orton Plantation is starting its annual controlled burns to improve forest health, bring back longleaf pines and restore habitats.

    Controlled burns at Orton will take place between March 6 and May 1, as weather allows and permits are available.

    Area residents should be aware smoke may be visible in the vicinity of Orton, and may at times reduce visibility on N.C. 133. Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington residents will be able to see and smell smoke at times.

  • Shallotte man charged in Supply home invasion

    A Shallotte man is accused of committing a home invasion in which a man was injured in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 33-year-old Khandon Onsha Frink, of Todd Road, at the scene Friday, Feb. 24, and charged him with first-degree burglary, assault with a weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault by strangulation, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within an enclosure to incite fear and possession of a firearm by a felon.