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Today's News

  • Park and Ride program to aid U.S. 17 traffic congestion starts in January

    LELAND–A park and ride program proposed by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76 will have three stops instead of one.

    The WMPO Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) created a Transportation Demand Management subcommittee to look at how public transportation could improve traffic during the NCDOT’s construction project on U.S. 17 between Leland and Wilmington, with the intent of planning for the long term.

  • Brunswick County commissioners fete outgoing, incoming officials

    BOLIVIA–During Monday night’s Brunswick County commissioner meeting, outgoing board chairman Phil Norris not only received a warm sendoff – he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.

    The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is awarded by the governor to individuals for their extraordinary service to the state of North Carolina through their work in their community, their career or for service to the state.

  • Eagle Scout project could help clear Riverwalk trail

    Belville’s Riverwalk Park plan is meant to promote environmentalism, education and economic development and now it might help a Boy Scout earn his Eagle Scout rank.

    Thomas Wallace, a scout with Boy Scout Troop 13 based out of St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, attended the Nov. 17 Belville town board meeting to propose an Eagle Scout project to help clear and add on to the trail the is part of the first phase of the riverwalk.

    “The project would remove a bunch of stumps, roots and trash from the trails,” Wallace said.

  • State unemployment rate a half point above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains above 6 percent for October while the national unemployment rate stayed below that mark, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The NCDC - Labor and Economic Analysis Division, provides the county, state and national numbers on unemployment each month.

    The state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 6.3 percent for October while the national rate was 5.8 percent.

  • Shallotte Police report

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

    November 14

    Jayquan Goodine, 23, 2304 Butler’s Circle, Ash, arrested on charges of assault on a female – domestic violence.

    November 15

    Michelle Lynn Cowart, 39, 114 Hickory Dr., Leland, arrested on misdemeanor larceny charge.

    November 16

  • Leland Police report

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

    November 20

    Traffic Crash on Village Road involved two vehicles, resulting in property damage only.

    November 21

    Breaking and entering and larceny on Brookhaven Trail by unknown suspects breaking into boats and stealing property.

  • Napolitano is Division II Academic All-America selection

    Nick Napolitano is one of five Wingate University football student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II football teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    Wingate graduate student offensive lineman Will Poteat (Vale) is a first-team pick. Four Bulldogs received second-team laurels: redshirt senior tight end Brandon Ellington (Wilmington), redshirt senior defensive back Jon Jimenez (Scottsdale, Ariz.), junior linebacker Eric Mapoles (Snellville, Ga.) andNapolitano (Shallotte), a senior defensive end.

  • Outrage over firing lingers as interim school superintendent takes helm

     BOLIVIA — Although it was the Brunswick County Board of Education’s first official meeting under interim superintendent Les Tubb, it was the superintendent the members recently fired who was the point of contention with several concerned parents and community members at a Tuesday, Dec. 2, regular scheduled meeting at the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    The board’s decision to terminate Dr. Edward Pruden’s contract last month sparked outrage from the community, which spilled over into Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • Local artists flood the streets on Black Friday

     SHALLOTTE — Brunswick County artists sure know how to brighten Black Friday.

    The artists lined the streets and parking lots of Shallotte with donated artwork the day after Thanksgiving for the inaugural Flood the Streets with Art Black Friday event.

  • Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals for seniors

     SHALLOTTE — Many seniors in Brunswick County weren’t able to leave their homes on Thanksgiving, so local volunteers brought a taste of the holiday to them.