Today's News

  • With FASTAR, every child wins

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — Ready.



    This was the goal for elementary school students at Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School in Leland on April 12 during the 12th annual FASTAR event.

    FASTAR is an academic competition for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade that revolves around a NASCAR theme. Participating students had been training for the event since January, Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said.

  • Students learn how STEM Speaks at BCC event

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Science, Technology, Engineering, Math — the building blocks of the future of our world.

    That’s the message Brunswick County middle and high school students received during “STEM Speaks” at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College’s campus Monday, April 18. STEM lead teacher Sarah Osborne said the presentations were modeled after TED Talks, which have proven successful in providing a lot of information to people in a relatively short amount of time.

  • Mountain biking league for students organizes

    LELAND — Mountain biking enthusiasts are blazing a trail for a racing league for students in northern Brunswick County.

    Mike Long, director of the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League, part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), hosted the first organizational meeting April 9 at the Leland Port City Community Church (PC3) offices.

    Don Brown, PC3 Leland campus pastor, is a member of the North Carolina NICA board.

  • N.C. 133 diverging diamond interchange is now open

    LELAND — The weather forecast and the North Carolina Department of Transportation schedule for creating the new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at N.C. 133 at U.S. 17/74/76 finally aligned over the weekend.

    To prepare the DDI, which runs under the highway on N.C. 133 between Leland and Belville town limits, NCDOT had to close N.C. 133 — Village Road in Leland, River Road in Belville — between the U.S. 17/74/76 interchange ramps.

  • Leland economic development promotes master plan draft review

    LELAND — Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar encourages public input on the first draft of the town’s 2020 Master Plan.

    The plan, discussed at the Leland Economic Development Committee meeting April 14, addresses the town’s population increase, vision for land use, parks and open space, transportation and economic development.

    Leland officials brought in PlaceMakers Consulting Team on Nov. 10-13, 2015, to help update the plan. In the 2009 version of it, residents said they wanted compact, walkable and mixed-use development.

  • Commissioners agree to put $152M school bond on ballot

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to place the school board’s requested $152 million bond referendum for school capital needs on the Nov. 8, 2016 general election ballot.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke, who has been critical of the school board’s planning and timing of the bond request since a joint meeting with the board on Nov. 23, cast the dissenting vote during commissioners’ regular meeting Monday night, April 18. His wife, Catherine Cooke, is a school board member.

  • Ex-cop’s trial focuses on discrepancies in teen’s shooting

    BOLIVIA — Testimony from two witnesses for the state in the case against Bryon Vassey, a former Southport police sergeant accused of killing 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his Boiling Spring Lakes home two years ago, indicated discrepancies about what the teen had in his hand when he was shot.

    Vassey was the last of three law enforcement officers who responded to Vidal’s home the afternoon of Jan. 5, 2014, after Vidal’s stepfather, Mark Wilsey Sr., called 911 for help to calm the teen, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

  • District court docket


    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on April 4, 5, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, April 4

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Growing your own strawberries


    It’s strawberry picking time in southeastern North Carolina. That always brings some questions about growing those big, juicy berries in the home garden. Unfortunately, the strawberries you see growing commercially in the fields of local producers are nearly impossible to grow at home.

  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables

      Eat more fruit. Eat more vegetables. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. These are the general recommendations we’re hearing from health experts everywhere. They all agree we should all be eating more fruits and veggies.