Today's News

  • Drinking water treatment system carries $99M price tag

    BOLIVIA — Removing GenX, PFAs, 1,4-Dioxane and other contaminants from Brunswick County’s drinking water would cost $99 million if the county installed a reverse osmosis system, Brunswick County commissioners learned at their March 19 meeting.

    Representatives from CDM Smith, the engineering firm commissioners hired to study water treatment options at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, recommended a low-pressure RO system as the best method to remove more than 90 percent of contaminants.

  • Deputies investigate shot fired at school bus

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shot fired Thursday afternoon at a Brunswick County Schools bus on Candlewood Court in Bolivia.

    EMS personnel assessed one of the 44 children who were aboard along with the driver who suffered a “very minor injury,” according to a joint news release issued about 5:30 p.m. by the sheriff’s office and school district.

    Someone called 911 to report a short being fired at the bus about 4 p.m. Deputies and school superintendent Les Tubb immediately responded.

  • Stand Down event for veterans March 22-24 in Wilmington

    District 9 of the American Legion, the New Hanover Veterans Council, partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer, will sponsor a Veteran Benefit Experience Center (VBEC) and Stand Down event March 22-24 at the Wilmington Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

    American Legion District 9 encompasses multiple Legion Post’s in the Cape Fear region, including Brunswick, Pender and Johnson counties in addition to New Hanover County. All veterans in the surrounding community are encouraged to attend.

  • Bolivia man accused of child sex crime held on more than $1M bail

    A Bolivia man accused of committing sex crimes against a child is in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,100,500 bail.

    James Russell Milliken, 64, of Neck Road was arrested March 21 and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

    A warrant shows the crime involving a child younger than 16 happened between July 14, 2017, and Feb. 28.

    Milliken is also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor and has been served a warrant out of Louisiana for probation violation in relation to a juvenile pornography charge.

  • ECHS student to help lead March For Our Lives

    SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Early College High School sophomore Nick Berry said he wasn’t very involved in politics before the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 17 people.

    But the tragedy served as a catalyst for Berry, who decided he had to create change somehow.

    This Saturday, the 16-year-old will serve as one of the leaders of March For Our Lives - Wilmington NC.

  • Leland annexes land, tackles other issues

    LELAND — Leland Town Council members annexed a small piece of land into the town at the March 15 meeting to bring in a new medical office.

    They approved the preliminary site-specific plans for the SMP Medical Office Building on U.S 17 between Grandiflora Drive and Benton Brown Way NE, east of the Walgreens and agreed to update the Magnolia Greens master land use plan for the new medical office in December.

  • Bridge condition draws concern in Calabash

    CALABASH — Ongoing concern about the safety of the Calabash River bridge on N.C. 179 was raised at the March 13 town board of commissioners meeting.

    Mayor Mary Knight outlined details, documented with photographs posted on a white board during the monthly meeting.

    She said the span was recently scrutinized by town services supervisor Pete Brokus, who took the detailed photos.

    Knight noted the town sent a letter to the North Carolina Department of Transportation in November 2016 emphasizing problems with the height of the bridge.

  • Leland man dies in U.S. 17 crash Tuesday in Shallotte

    A 43-year-old Leland man died after his Jeep struck a van on U.S. 17 in Shallotte on Tuesday morning.

    Joshua Andrew Challeen was driving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on the highway when it struck the back of a 2013 Chevy van about 9:45 a.m. just past Smith Avenue, North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release issued Wednesday morning.

  • Belville to keep 9-cent tax rate for 2018-19

    BELVILLE — Belville officials have until June 30 to work out the 2018-19 budget, but decided March 17 to keep the tax rate steady for the upcoming year.

    “I don’t have any (interest) in increasing the tax rate. Plus I don’t think we need to, unless I’m missing something,” commissioner Noreen Slattery said.

    “I think we’re in good shape,” commissioner Joe Breault added.

    Commissioners increased the town tax rate last year to 9 cents per $100 of valuation, increasing property tax revenues to $156,600.

  • Adams on primary ballot, but not campaigning for county commissioner race

    Tom Adams will be on the May 8 primary ballot as a Republican Brunswick County Commissioner District 1 candidate, but he has stopped campaigning for the race.

    Adams filed to run against incumbent Randy Thompson on Feb. 28, the last day of the filing period.

    But Adams said there is a potential conflict on interest with his role on the state Port Authority board.

    Former Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors in December 2014. His term lasts through June 2019.