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Today's News

  • Leland man accused of stealing safe from septic business

    A Leland man is accused of stealing a safe from a septic business.

    Thomas Louis Bortone, 24, of Mount Misery Road was arrested Sept. 13 and charged with safecracking, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor first-degree trespassing.

    Warrants show Bortone broke into Budget Septic at 9971 Chappell Loop Road and stole a Sentry safe that contained $400 in cash and various vehicle titles Sept. 12.

    Bortone was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $35,000 bail.

  • NCDEQ issues swimming alert for east end public beach access in Holden Beach

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has issued a swimming alert for the public beach access on the east end of Holden Beach.

    A Friday NCDEQ news release says state water quality officials are alerting the public that initial testing at the site showed levels of bacteria "exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards."

  • West Brunswick at Lumberton - varsity football photos

     Lumberton defeated West Brunswick, 21-14, in a non-conference varsity football game Friday, Sept. 8. 

  • West Brunswick High School volleyball photos

     Scroll through the slideshow to see pictures from West Brunswick High School's varsity volleyball action last week. 

  • Lessons from Grandpa still ringing true today

     It has been an extremely busy season for me this year. I can’t express enough gratitude for those who have chosen to go fishing with me, read my articles and keep up with me on Facebook. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center has also been a great partner in attracting a great customer base, great office space and a well-maintained dock to attract those customers.

  • South Brunswick knocks off Trojans in rivalry match

     BOILING SPRING LAKES - The West Brunswick High School volleyball team visited South Brunswick High School for a rivalry matchup on Thursday, Sept 7.

    The Cougars (5-2, 2-2 conference) emerged victorious in a closely contested game featuring two of the Mideastern Conference’s 3A squads.  

  • Lumberton hands West Brunswick fourth straight loss

     The West Brunswick varsity football team lost its second game of the season by one possession, this time a 21-14 setback on the road against the 4A Lumberton Pirates.

    The Trojans seized an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Owen McDowell found wide receiver Noah Johnson for a 46-yard scoring strike.

    Lumberton got within one point of the Trojans with less than a minute remaining in the first half as Braylan Grice scored on a five-yard touchdown run.

    The Pirates took the lead, 14-7, on a 62-yard scoring strike from Grice to Kwashek Breeden.

  • Feeling sorry, thankful and anxious about Hurricane Irma

     Last week was a tough one. I’ve lived in Brunswick County for 22 years now and I know to take approaching hurricanes seriously.

    A hurricane is one thing. A storm of Irma’s caliber is nothing to scoff at, folks.

  • North Brunswick drops heartbreaker to Panthers, 25-22

     LELAND - The North Johnston Panthers scored the winning touchdown with one minute left in the fourth quarter to hand the North Brunswick Scorpions a heartbreaking loss on Friday, Sept. 8 in Leland. The Scorpions played an excellent game but fell to 0-4 for the season.

    North Johnston quarterback Trey Whitley hit Kenneth Lee with a 32-yard touchdown pass with a minute left in the game to give the visiting Panthers a 25-22 victory over North Brunswick.

  • No one injured after pickup strikes school bus

    A pickup rear-ended a school bus early Wednesday morning, Sept. 13.

    No children were on board the bus and no one was injured.

    Odell Williamson Jr., 33, of Sunset Beach was driving north on U.S. 17 in Shallotte in a GMC pickup when he rear-ended a school bus driven by Teresa Walker, 46, of Longwood at 6:43 a.m. near Black’s Tire and Auto Service, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. H.A. Cannady said.

    After hitting the bus, the pickup ran off the road to the right. Walker was able to pull the bus over to the right.