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Today's News

  • Trojans reach fourth round in baseball playoffs

    West Brunswick won its third-round baseball playoff game against Rockingham County 14-4 in six innings May 17.

    If West wins the game scheduled for Friday at West, it will play in the East Regional next week. Winner of the three-game series plays for the state title June 3-4 (site to be determined).

    Against Rockingham, the Trojans had 10 hits and nine walks. Two batters were hit by pitches. West stole five bases.

  • Mo Spada: Golfing every day and lovin’ it

    Early this year, Mo Spada of Sea Trail was recognized by the Carolinas Golf Association as having played the most rounds of any woman golfer in North and South Carolina for 2015. She posted 275 rounds of golf.

    Figure it out, folks. That’s an average of 5.3 times a week, year-round. Think of rainy days and Nor’easters, ice storms and summer heat waves, Mo Spada is either out on the course or sitting in her house, just waiting to grab her clubs. I love it.

  • Rising water temperatures improving the fishing
  • Get gill nets out of coastal creeks
  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    May 2

    Larceny of 14 plants from the entrance to Mallory Creek.

    Larceny of a boat trailer from a Manchester Lane residence.

    Larceny of a wallet the victim left on a counter and walked away from briefly at the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart.

    May 3

    Hit and run traffic crash on Fairview and Village roads resulting in property damage.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police Department reports

    Ocean Isle Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 13

    Adam J. Trus, 38, of Ocean Highway, arrested on charges of driving while impaired and no operator’s license.

    May 14

    Wilbur Blake Callihan, 24, of N.C. 41, Bladenboro, arrested on possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

    Breaking and entering at a Coggeshall Drive residence.

    May 15

  • Leland works to identify economic growth needs

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee will begin preparing a business survey to learn more about the business community and what it needs to grow.

    “We discussed at our first meeting finding out how the town can help businesses, and we came up with the survey,” chairman David Sink said. “We plan to interview small businesses in Leland. This committee is going to get out and gather information to see how the city is perceived by business owners.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department observes 40 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — On Dec. 12, 1975, a fire destroyed an Ocean Isle Beach cottage owned by Franky Yarborough and sparked an idea when town board member H. Tatum Sparger said the fire showed a desperate need for a volunteer fire department.

    The Ocean Isle Fire Protection Association (OIFPA) Inc. was chartered by the state Jan. 30, 1976.

    Now in its 40th anniversary year, the former all-volunteer fire association has grown in size, expanded services to respond to all types of emergencies and become a full-time department of the town.

  • Brunswick County 2016-17 budget presented to commissioners

    BOLIVIA — County Manager Ann Hardy presented the preliminary 2016-17 budget to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $224.5 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a second year.

    The budget proposed is a little more than $10 million more than the 2015-16 budget of $214.2 million.

  • NCDOT tags Cape Fear Jetport as $215M boon to economy

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation report on the economic impact of the state’s airports estimates the Cape Fear Regional Jetport provides $215 million to the state’s economy.

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport provides a $3.3 million economic impact, according to the same report. Its economic impact increased from $2.1 million in 2012.

    The NCDOT Division of Aviation Economic Impact of Airports report states Cape Fear Regional directly impacts the economy with $129 million in jobs and businesses working from the airport near Oak Island.