Today's News

  • Focus groups, public comments begin Leland’s parks and rec plan update

    LELAND — Leland began its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan update last week by hosting representatives from Greenplay LLC, the contractor that will develop the plan.

    The contractor met Jan. 23-24 with focus groups that Leland operation services director Niel Brooks said were made up of 45 residents and stakeholders, including business owners, who answered questions about the local needs.

    The Greenplay group then hosted a public meeting during the Jan. 24 parks and recreation board meeting to allow residents to elaborate on parks and rec needs.

  • Leland man accused of beating puppy to death

    Animal advocates are calling for justice to be served in the case of a Leland man who investigators said beat a puppy to death on Christmas Day.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said Christopher Anthony Simpson, 21, was arrested Jan. 22, charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals and released the same day on $2,500 bail.

    Jail records show Simpson was re-arrested Jan. 23 and his bail increased to $100,000.

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup project to host workshop Feb. 23-24

    NAVASSA — Residents and others will be able to weigh in on the use of Navassa’s Superfund cleanup site during a weekend community vision workshop Feb. 23-24.

    The community vision planning sessions the evening of Friday, Feb. 23, and all day Saturday, Feb. 24, will offer residents, community leaders, business owners and other community stakeholders a chance to brainstorm ideas and provide feedback to land-use planners for reusing the Superfund site once the cleanup effort is completed.

  • VFW NC elementary Teacher of the Year talks patriotism

    SHALLOTTE — For Union Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tara Cumbee, patriotism is part of the lifeblood of her classroom.

    It’s this emphasis on and passion for patriotism that earned Cumbee the honor of being VFW NC Teacher of the year in the elementary school category.

    West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Col. Joseph Calisto, who received the award in the high school category, will join Cumbee at the official recognition ceremony Friday, Feb. 2, at the VFW NC Convention Banquet in Cary.

  • BFA opens second fulltime office to serve Leland area

    LELAND — Brunswick Family Assistance has opened a second full-time office to assist individuals and families in crisis in northern Brunswick County.

    The new office in the Leland Business Center at 324-I Village Road behind the new Domino’s Pizza opened quietly Jan. 16 to begin volunteer training, but hosted an official opening Jan. 29 announcing services are available five days a week.

    The office is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

  • Thank you to Streetreach’s adopt-a-room sponsors

    By The Rev. Donna Phelps

    Guest Columnist

    The vision of Brunswick County Streetreach is to see the homeless receive the best assistance available to fit their personal circumstances. As you are aware, we had several weeks during the month when temperatures dropped down into the teens, leaving our most vulnerable citizens facing life-threatening situations.

  • BFA’s growth meets, reflects need

    Brunswick Family Assistance, based in Shallotte, held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony this past Monday for its office in Leland at 324-I Village Road where services are now available five days a week.

  • Support your community while having fun

    If you didn’t make it to the Shallotte Rotary Club’s 13th annual Law Vegas Night this past Saturday night, you missed an entertaining evening.

    I’m not much for gambling, but I’m all for seeing lots of friendly faces and putting faces to the names of people I hadn’t met yet — like Perita Price of the Cedar Grove Improvement Association, with whom I’ve been exchanging emails since I’ve been at the Beacon — while helping a great cause.

  • Little Free Libraries invite ‘park time reading’

    They’re as varied as the books they contain.

    Colorful wooden Little Free Libraries are popping up around the county, especially now that Smart Start of Brunswick County has joined in to bring books to younger readers.

    “We are so excited with what we’re calling ‘park-time’ reading,” said Smart Start executive director Helen Gabriel. “We’re happy to be delivering books through Little Free Libraries.”

  • It takes two … fruits

    Editor’s note: Fifth in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


    In last week’s column, I talked about the importance of vegetables in the Mediterranean-style way of eating. It’s hard to talk about vegetables without adding their partner: fruits.