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Today's News

  • A little froggy told me

    I heard the first frog of spring croaking just the other night, and it made me wonder if Brunswick County has its own version of the groundhog.

    I’m not from here so last year was the first time I experienced the chorus of burping that drowned out everything that I was used to hearing on a Brunswick County night.

    I can’t say I’ve adjusted to the sound yet or that I was anticipating it, but this one particular frog had decided it would announce winter was over.

  • G-Man prepares for his twilight years

    My dear spouse, Penny, recently suggested I write my obituary. It followed a detailed discussion about burial versus reducing our remains to ashes. Her 94-year-old father’s wishes are clear, so she thinks we ought to follow suit. Time is growing short, seeing how she is turning a trim 70 and I a geezerly 76.

    Nationally, the average life span is 78.6 years. In Brunswick County, residents 65 and older account for 24.3 percent of the population. My spouse and I are not alone in the need to lay some important groundwork regarding the quality of our futures.

  • 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.

    March 8

    Pamela Brown Hankins, 49, 121 Asheton Road, Wilmington, cited for shoplifting from Walmart.

    Joel William Prentice Jr., 31, 119 NE 77th St., Oak Island, arrested on charges of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and open container.

    Obtaining property by false pretenses by taking items from the shelves and returning them for money.

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    March 4

    Danielle Brook Shannon, 18, 1232 Maple Tree Drive, Leland, cited and released for stolen merchandise from Walmart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Breaking and entering and larceny by someone breaking into a residence on Oak Lane and stealing property.

    March 7

  • State unemployment rate continues to drop

    North Carolina’s unemployment rate has continued to fall in 2014, maintaining a trend from 2013.

    Unemployment in the state reached a low of 6.9 percent in December 2013 and fell another .2 of a percent in the new year to 6.7 percent.

    In January 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.8 percent – 2.1 percent higher than at the start of 2014.

    The number of people employed in North Carolina increased 17,407 from December 2013 to January 2014, reaching a total employment number of 4,356,090.

  • Leland breaks ground on cultural arts building renovation

    Leland officials “broke ground” on the town’s future Cultural Arts Center March 14.

    In 2010, the town bought the unfinished 18,000 square foot building that sits off U.S. 17 on 1212 Magnolia Village Way, behind P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille near the Magnolia Greens development.

    So the building is complete, but the interior is unfinished. The only structural change to the existing building will be a redesigned entrance.

  • Southport man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge

     A Southport man pleaded guilty to human trafficking of a minor in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, March 17.

    Superior Court Judge Claire V. Hill sentenced Shawn Christopher Conley to serve a minimum of 80 months — more than six years — and a maximum of 108 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.

  • High school theater groups perform at play festival

     SUPPLY — Theater arts departments from three county high schools took the stage March 13 for a one-act play festival, and they didn’t disappoint.

    The third annual festival, held at Odell Williamson Auditorium, featured acts from West, South and North Brunswick high schools.

  • Shallotte man indicted, accused of sex crimes involving children

     A Shallotte man accused of sex crimes involving children has been indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury.

    Christopher Lewis Green, 29, of Shallotte Point Loop, has been indicted on one count each of crime against nature, second-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a child.

    The incidents allegedly occurred between Oct. 17, 2011, and June 17, 2012. Deputies arrested Green on July 14, 2013.

  • District releases calendar for 2014-15 school year

     The Brunswick County Board of Education has adopted the 2014-2015 traditional school calendar. 

    Next year’s calendar provides a compromise for people who did not feel students should be in school at sites used for polling places on Election Day and those who felt the 10-week instructional stretch after the winter break needed to be broken up by a teacher workday March 13, 2015, according to a Brunswick County Schools news release. The new calendar meets both of those requests.

    The calendar was approved March 11.