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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Town Council nixes reducing tax rate

    SUNSET BEACH —Sunset Beach Town Council has defeated 3-2 a motion to reduce the town’s ad valorem tax rate from the current 16 cents to 11.8 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The vote came at the board’s May 17 meeting after the reduction was proposed by councilman Richard Cerrato and seconded by councilman Mark Benton.

    A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for council’s upcoming meeting Monday, June 6.

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstacy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • Leland budget proposes 3.18-cent tax increase

    LELAND — Leland officials will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, to receive feedback on the 2016-17 budget’s proposed 3.18-cent tax increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members a $10.6 million budget for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    Hollis’ budget proposal includes an increase in the tax rate to .1833 cents per $100 valuation.

    Leland has kept the tax rate at .1515 cents per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks Wilmington man in high-speed chase

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Wilmington man who led them on a chase with speeds up to 130 mph May 23.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said a special operations unit agent tried to stop Donald Ray-Edtuan Davis on U.S. 74 in Leland about 1:45 p.m. because the black two-door 2009 Infiniti G37 Davis was driving had expired tags and illegal tint to its windows.

  • Belville sets hearing on proposed tax increase

    BELVILLE — Belville residents will have the chance to sway the town board’s decision on whether to increase taxes for fiscal year 2016-17 during a public hearing at the June 27 town meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed an $816,000 town budget with no tax increase during the May 23 town meeting. Belville’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

  • ‘All clear’ bulletin issued after bomb threat at SBHS

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office issued an all-clear bulletin following a bomb threat evacuation May 25 at South Brunswick High School.

    Parents were asked not to come to the school and to monitor social media for additional updates. Students were reported safe.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded.

    The school was following standard safety protocols, according to updates.

    As a precautionary measure, South Brunswick Middle School was directed by the sheriff’s office to have shelter in place.

  • Coast Guard rescues man near Oak Island

    The Coast Guard rescued a man Saturday, May 21, after his kayak capsized near Oak Island.

    Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call from the distressed 38-year-old Monroe man via his handheld VHF-marine radio at 9:38 a.m., according to a Coast Guard news release/ The man said he was fishing when his kayak overturned near Yaupon reef about 1.5 miles south of Caswell Beach.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of pawning stolen items

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of trying to sell to a pawn shop items he’d stolen from several people.

  • School bus involved in May 20 accident

    A Brunswick County Schools bus was involved in an accident Friday, May 20.

    No students were on board at the time and no injuries were reported, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

     Trooper T.D. Wheeler of the North Carolina State Highway said the school bus was turning left at U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue when was it was sideswiped by another vehicle. He said neither driver was injured.    

  • OrthoWilmington breaks ground for new office along U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — OrthoWilmington broke ground on a new medical office along U.S. 17 on Friday, May 20.

    The building will consolidate the OrthoWilmington offices from Supply and Sunset Beach in one location, Drs. Thomas Kelso and Michael Marushack said.

    Kelso and Marushack bought the property before merging their medical office, Orthopaedic Specialists, which included five physicians and three to four physicians assistants, with OrthoWilmiington in 2015.