Today's News

  • Leland allows alcohol sales at five community events

    LELAND — Three out of four Leland commissioners approved a proposal to offer alcohol at five community events in the town park in the spring and summer.

    But it was a decision the fourth commissioner, Jane Crowder, “vehemently opposed.”

    In December 2013 the town council amended the code of ordinances to allow consumption and possession of malt beverages and unfortified wine on town property under certain circumstances with council approval.

  • School board revises instructional materials challenge process

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education tweaked a pair of policies concerning instructional materials and parental review of instruction materials during a policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    A pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year prompted the minor changes to Policy 3205, Selection of Media and Supplementary Materials, and 3210, Parental Review of Instructional Resources, Media and Materials.

  • Medicaid funds will allow Social Services improvements without budget increase

    When budget talks start, department heads usually struggle with increasing staff and updating technology in the same year, but the Department of Social Services will be able to do both without asking for additional county funding in 2015-16.

    David Stanley, executive director of the county’s health and human services department, which oversees health and social services, recently told Brunswick County commissioners an increase in Medicaid funding will cover upgrades in the social services.

  • Student shares testimony during CIS celebration kickoff

     BOLIVIA — Communities In Schools of Brunswick County made quite the impact on West Brunswick High School student Paige Lowery.

  • BCC one of fastest growing community colleges in the state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, recent data show.

    Community College Week, an online publication that provided enrollment data in a December 2014 report, placed Brunswick Community College as the 18th-fastest growing community college with an enrollment under 2,500 students in the United States, Sharon Thompson, BCC’s vice president of academic affairs, announced at the BCC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

  • Leland man charged with assault, spitting on officer

     A man accused of spitting on a Leland police officer faces a slew of charges in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 32-year-old John Ashley Crisp on Saturday, Feb. 21, and charged him with assault on a female and assault by strangulation, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    A warrant shows Crisp punched the victim in the head and grabbed her by the neck, leaving bruises.

  • Shallotte jackpot winner claims multi-million-dollar prize

    A single mother from Shallotte has come forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.

    Until recently, Marie Holmes of Shallotte supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway. The 26-year-old’s life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot.

  • Leland man faces felony charges after chase

     A Leland man faces various felony charges after police said he led them on a high-speed chase Feb. 12 that began in Leland and ended in Wilmington.

    Leland police have charged 34-year-old Jario Checo with three counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of assault by strangulation and one count of domestic assault on a female, Leland Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a news release.

    Checo is accused of holding his wife and children hostage before the chase to Wilmington Police Department headquarters on 615 Bess Street.

  • Wilmington man accused of eluding arrest faces charges in Brunswick County

     A Wilmington man accused of leading officers on a brief chase into oncoming traffic on U.S. 17 faces charges in Leland.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said 23-year-old Daniel Allen Ellison fled after stealing several items from the Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard on Feb. 9.

    An officer tried to stop Ellison’s Ford Escape when the vehicle increased speed toward oncoming traffic almost colliding with other vehicles head-on, Humphries said.

  • Schools, BSRI closed as winter weather event forecast for area Monday into Tuesday

    Local crews are preparing for a winter weather event forecast for Monday night, Feb. 23, into Tuesday, Feb. 24.

    Brunswick County Schools will also be closed Tuesday, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki announced Monday afternoon.

    It was also announced late Monday that Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. will be closed Tuesday due to inclement weather. Anyone with an emergency food need can call (910) 200-7266, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.