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Today's News

  • Testimony begins in trial of man accused of killing Shallotte 3-year-old

     BOLIVIA — After more than a week of jury selection, testimony began Tuesday, March 31, in the first-degree murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    A 14-person jury was seated after a selection process that began March 23 in Brunswick County Superior Court for the trial of Montey Andrea Murray of Wilmington, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Leland police issue scam alert

    Police are warning residents about a scam after a Leland business received a suspicious call Tuesday.

    Someone claiming to represent Duke Energy called the business, which was not identified, and said the company had not received payment for services in the past three months, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

  • Smoke from controlled burn at swamp seen on N.C. 211

    No, that isn’t an out-of-control fire and smoke plume passersby saw erupting from the west side of Brunswick County on Tuesday.

    The North Carolina Forest Service has just been conducting a controlled burn in the Green Swamp along N.C. 211 to clear the forest of underbrush.

    Controlled or prescribed fires are conducted by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions to help restore health to fire-adapted environments.

  • Senate bill proposes taking sales tax out of local hands

    In 2013, Brunswick County and its towns were divided on the method for distributing sales tax.

    In 2015, they may need to work together to keep the state from making changes.

  • Volunteers rally to install smoke alarms

    More than 150 volunteers fanned out across Brunswick County last Saturday with one mission: to install more than 800 smoke alarms free of charge in the name of safety and saving lives.

    The inspiration for the county’s first smoke alarm rally March 28 were five recent fire deaths, county fire marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Leland courts young adults of all ages with 21-and-up adult egg hunt Thursday

    The adults will no longer have to sit on the sidelines during Leland’s Easter egg hunt.

    While the annual Leland Egg Hunt for children will run Saturday, April 4, an egg hunt for those 21-and-up is coming Thursday, April 2.

    The first ever Adult Egg Hunt at Leland Municipal Park, an adults-only flashlight egg hunt takes place at 7:30 p.m.

    “This is our first crack at something like this,” Leland Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said.

  • Calabash restaurateurs celebrate U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — Altin and Leda Elezi don’t take America for granted.

    The owners of Sunny Side Up Diner at 10068 Beach Drive in Calabash don’t want anyone else to, either.

    As of this past Feb. 24, the Albania natives are both proud citizens of the United States.

    That’s the date restaurant chef/owner Altin Elezi received his U.S. citizenship certificate at a naturalization ceremony at the Charleston, S.C., field office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • Belville commissioner matches funds raised at Founder’s Day

    BELVILLE¬ — Belville Commissioner Joe Breault has a challenge for visitors to the town’s Founder’s Day, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Last May, the town organized its first Founder’s Day event in seven years. It brought in an old West chuck wagon to prepare full meals, provided by The Easy Does It Ranch of Wilmington.

  • School officials, detectives address system network hack

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an unknown hacker who has disrupted the school district’s Internet connectivity.

    In a news release issued March 25, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said members of the school district’s technology department are working to identify and mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) issues impacting the system’s network since schools began the spring semester in January.

  • Development plans and projects take shape along highways

    New businesses, or the potential for them to come to Brunswick County, have created activity in several locations on or near N.C. 211 and U.S. 17.

    211 Midway Commons

    Developer Wakefield Associates of Raleigh is clearing a lot at N.C. 211 and Midway Road for Alex Lee Inc., parent company of Lowes Foods.

    The 39-acre site, which is near St. James Plantation, will be called 211 Midway Commons.