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Today's News

  • Property owner clears Belville retail site in time with U.S. 17 improvements

    BELVILLE — A developer expects widening of U.S. 17/74/76, in addition to construction of a diverging diamond intersection under the overpass, to create room for business at the U.S. 17 Leland/Belville exit to N.C. 133

    Belville Properties LLC is clearing five lots on the west side of N.C. 133 along Blackwell Road, which is being relocated away from the diverging diamond.

  • County unemployment rate up to 6.5 percent in December

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed back to 6.5 percent in December 2014.

    It was the second month of increasing unemployment after the county hit a two-year low at 6 percent in October.

    In November, the rate ticked back up to 6.1 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains improved from a year ago when the county was at 8 percent unemployment for December 2013.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Leland budget talks include Northgate Drive realignment, parks and rec priorities

    LELAND — The time may have come for Leland officials to take another step forward on the town’s Main Street project in the next budget year.

    The town worked with designers from Placemakers Consulting Team in December 2012 on a gateway project. A main point of the proposed plan would realign Northgate Drive to create an intersection at Village Road with Baldwin Drive. The new stretch of Northgate Drive would become the town’s “Main Street.”

  • Public hearing on OIB terminal groin set for March 3

    The public will have its chance to speak for or against a terminal groin on Ocean Isle Beach at a public hearing at 6 p.m. March 3, at Union Elementary School.

    “I assure you there will be quite a turnout. We need to be out in force,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said at the town meeting Tuesday, Feb. 10, when the public hearing was announced. The meeting is part of the 45-day public comment period on the terminal groin environmental impact statement (EIS).

  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 2

    Lost property; someone lost a change purse containing $20, a driver’s license and bank card on Pine Street.

    Feb. 4

    Stephanie Diane West, 25, 1018 Winding Way NW, Supply, cited for possession of marijuana.

    Feb. 6

    Breaking and entering Camp United Methodist Church on Main Street, causing $75 in damage.

  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 1

    Bradley Norman Weddleman was arrested on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop on U.S. 17 South and Olde Waterford Way.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

  • Hoggard defeats West Brunswick in overtime

     

    West Brunswick lost 70-63 in overtim­­­e Feb. 10 at Hoggard in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference boys’ basketball game.

    Despite the loss, West (9-2, 20-2) will play host to Ashley Feb. 12 with the Mideastern Conference title at state. West last won a conference title in 1989. West beat Ashley 60-54 Jan. 16. Hoggard plays at South Brunswick. Hoggard routed South 66-31 Jan. 16.

  • Third person accused of drug crime at Leland restaurant

     A Leland restaurant held a staff meeting Feb. 7 to review its “zero tolerance” drug policy after three employees were arrested on drug charges.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

  • Highlights from Congress

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    As we move into the second month of the 114th Congress, I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick summary highlighting what we accomplished during the past few weeks.

    In order to better serve you, we opened three main offices across the 7th Congressional District. These offices are located in Bolivia, Wilmington and Smithfield. I think you will find our staff is exceptional and can assist you with a variety of issues — everything from veterans’ affairs casework to helping with passports.