Today's News

  • Leland considers town fire department

    LELAND — Leland officials will consider creating a town fire department, with or without the Leland Volunteer Fire Rescue Department.

    The town has contracted with the LVFRD since April 20, 2000. The department is a nonprofit that provides fire protection, rescue services and emergency medical care for Leland, Belville and Brunswick County.

  • Kidney donor, recipient embrace health after surgery

    Nearly five months ago, Joel Johnson and Bryan Bernard were sharing a trip to Durham, then a kidney as they underwent donor-recipient surgery Aug. 8 at Duke University Hospital.

    At the end of 2016 and approaching start of a new year, the Supply natives and lifelong friends are definitely grateful for their health and the experiences that sharing the gift of life brought them in the past year.

    “I’m feeling wonderful — I’ve really been blessed,” said Bernard, who celebrated his 47th birthday Nov. 28.

  • A New Year, new opportunities for our retirees

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    As we head into 2017, we are reminded of the promise of a new year in which we hope to see the spirit of collaboration across party lines, regardless of the issues to be faced.

  • You decide: What should be North Carolina’s economic agenda?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    A new year is always a good time to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going. Each year, I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’ve given up on growing hair!

  • Rockin’ and rollin’ into 2017

    One of my favorite places to visit when I go back to my native Cleveland is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. I love seeing all the memorabilia, learning more about the artists and how their music shaped our culture.

    The rock hall, however, has been fraught with controversy even before it was established in 1983. Even though Cleveland was chosen as the site for it because DJ Alan Freed is credited for coining the term “rock and roll,” many believed the hall belonged in New York or Los Angeles (or even anywhere other than Cleveland).

  • Public wins beach access court case

    The state Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Nies v. Emerald Isle case Dec. 14 appears to have ended a five-year legal battle over beach access.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners Gregory and Diane Nies first sued the town in 2011 over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes. When the property owners lost in Carteret County Superior Court and then the state Court of Appeals, they took the case to the state Supreme Court. Neither the Nieses nor the town requested the Supreme Court’s dismissal.

  • Holden Beach updates fire prevention ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — Those who plan to visit Holden Beach will need to rethink plans to grill out on decks after Holden Beach commissioners voted unanimously at their Dec. 20 meeting to amend the town Code of Ordinances regarding fire prevention.

    The amended ordinance states open-flame devices, including charcoal burners, cannot be used within 10 feet of any combustible construction, with the exception of propane-fueled grills.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks woman last seen Christmas Eve

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public to find 26-year-old Mashanee Lashawn Cokeley.

    Cokeley is described as a black woman. She was last seen at her home on Allison Drive in Calabash at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, wearing a red hoodie and green jogging pants. The sheriff’s office said she was picked up by a man named Ruben Oviedo in a Lincoln Navigator with South Carolina license plate NBA-738.

  • Police seek Leland credit union robber

    A man carrying an assault-style rifle robbed the Riegelwood Federal Credit Union at 2065 Andrew Jackson Highway in Leland on Thursday morning.

    Leland Police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said officers received the robbery call at 8:21 a.m.

    Humphries said the robber wore a ski mask, a hooded jacket and gloves.

    “No one was injured. No shots were fired,” Humphries said.

    The robber left the credit union driving a light blue sedan with an undetermined amount of money, Humphries said.

    The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

  • Man sought in ATM scam case

    Sunset Beach and Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man they think is committing ATM card fraud.

    Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long said the man, who is described as light-complexioned with a medium build who wears glasses and has facial hair, has been going to various ATMs in Southport, Sunset Beach, Shallotte, New Hanover County and Little River, S.C., and using cloned cards to withdraw money from people’s accounts.