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Today's News

  • Laney stops West on 2-point try, wins 35-34

     SHALLOTTE — Laney beat the West Brunswick Trojans 35-34 in its conference-opening high school football game Friday, Sept. 26, at West.

    The Trojans cut the lead to 35-34 when Tristan Lewis caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Ashburn with 12.3 seconds left. On the two-point conversion for the lead, Laney stopped Ashburn on a sneak.

    “They were giving it to us,” West coach Bob Hanna said about the sneak. “I thought the kid got in.

  • Cultures converge at 2014 Intercultural Festival

     On Saturday, Sept. 27, cultures from across the globe will converge on the campus of Brunswick Community College for the 2014 Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

    The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m., festival coordinator Mari-Lou Wong-Chong said.

    The festival will feature a variety of musical and dancer performances, as well as a sampling of ethnic foods. Vendors and community organizations also set up tables at the event as part of the “international pavilion.”

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    September 17

    Robbery by suspect who displayed a note stating, “This is a robbery” at First Community Bank on Main Street.

    September 19

    Austin Jay Tharpe, 21, 2382 Butler Circle NW, Ash, cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Property damage by someone pushing a shopping cart into a vehicle parked in Walmart parking lot.

  • No matter the theme, fall festivals are funnel cake havens

    Funnel Cake Festival.

    Why hasn’t anyone come up with that yet?

    We are on the cusp of fall festival season and no matter what the theme of each weekend’s gathering may be, the one thing everyone keeps an eye out for at these events is the funnel cake booth.

    I’ve already witnessed it firsthand the last two weekends.

    When a funnel cake is spotted out in the open, it always turns heads as folks try to retrace the steps of the lucky people in possession of funnel cake to determine its place of origin.

  • Leland maps potential street connections to meet future needs

    LELAND — Leland commissioners approved a resolution updating street maps created to identify potential roadway connections throughout the town.

    The board originally approved the street infill maps in 2012 to focus on potential street connections between Village and Old Fayetteville roads, which were presented to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization.

    Planning director Robert Waring told commissioners the updated infill maps looked at connections that would ease the reliance on U.S. 17 to move throughout Leland’s city limits.

  • Belville thanks county manager for help making riverwalk shovel-ready

    BELVILLE — Belville officials began their Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville recognitions a couple weeks early during the Sept. 22 town meeting.

    The Belville town council and staff will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the riverwalk from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the start of the first section of nature trails that are part of the park plan.

  • County to spend $1.2M on school construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County intends to issue limited obligation bonds in 2015 to pay for classroom additions at North Brunswick High School and a gym/auditorium at Waccamaw Elementary School.

    Brunswick County would pay $1.2 million for design, engineering, site preparation and other costs prior to obtaining construction bids by advancing funds and then reimbursing itself with debt proceeds, according to a proposal county manager Ann Hardy gave commissioners during their Sept. 15 meeting.

  • Leland Police reports

    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.

    Sept. 15

    Gregorio Rosales Hernandez, 30, 4877 Old Town Creek Road, Winnabow, arrested on three active warrants from Brunswick County on various traffic violations.

    Sept. 16

    Marcus Antwyn Jenkins, 32, 3980 Thunder Hill Lane, arrested on three active warrants from New Hanover County.

    Armed robbery on Village Road.

    Sept. 17

  • State unemployment rate still trails national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers fell to .7 percent behind the national unemployment rate, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state’s August unemployment rate is up to 6.8 percent, the most recent month the NCDC has collected information, with a .3 percent increase from July 2014.

    The U.S. labor force unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in August.

  • Tents under scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Beach cabanas and how to regulate them are still a hot topic as town council scrutinized the summer beach season at a monthly workshop Monday.

    Three island residents, Ann and Gordon Bokelman and John Corbett, urged council to continue to allow tents at Sunset Beach, the last of area beach towns that still does so.

    Ann Bokelman said Sunset Beach is a popular, family-friendly beach that enables the needed protection from the sun.

    “Our grandchildren need it,” she said. “Quite honestly, all of us need it.”