Today's News

  • 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.

    Aug. 27

    Hit and run; a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle mirror while traveling west on Old Fayetteville Road and suffered minor injuries.

    Aug. 28

    Linden Bee Cook was cited and released after taking merchandise from Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard without paying for it.

  • County unemployment remains above 7 percent in July

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 7.2 percent in July.

    The unemployment rate hit a low of 6.2 percent in April, then rose to 6.9 percent unemployment in May and 7.1 percent in June.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County remained below highs reached a year ago when the July 2014 unemployment rate topped 7.5 percent.

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

  • Frustrated H2GO customer pickets company headquarters in Leland

    LELAND — A disgruntled family took up picket signs in front of the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO headquarters to protest the company’s billing practices.

    Scott Richards, his wife, Carol, and son, Lucas, H2GO customers who live on South Navassa Road in Leland, stood in front of the H2GO building on Village Road beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, holding up signs asking motorists to honk if they have felt cheated by H2GO.

    By noon Friday, Carol kept track of more than 70 vehicle drivers who honked their horns in recognition of the family.

  • County readies testing for aquifer storage system

    BOLIVIA — Members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved taking the next step toward building an underground water storage system.

    During their meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 8, public utilities director Jerry Pierce asked commissioners to approve a contract with ASR Systems LLC for work to test the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Project.

    ASR Systems conducted a feasibility study in early 2015 to determine if constructing an underground water storage system would meet the county’s potable water needs.

  • Parachute team, fireworks return to Leland’s Founders’ Day Sept. 12

    Leland celebrates the 26th anniversary of the town by hosting its 15th Founders’ Day on Saturday, Sept. 12.

    The event will run from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest Commercial Area, 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd., off U.S. 17, next to the Lowe’s Grocery store.

  • Shallotte mayor travels to Raleigh to oppose sales tax redistribution proposal

    SHALLOTTE            — Mayor Walt Eccard told the town board of aldermen about his two recent trips to Raleigh to meet with legislators about a proposed sales tax redistribution that would adversely affect Shallotte and Brunswick County.

    During the board’s regular meeting Sept. 1, Eccard said he was accompanied by alderman Gene Vasile on the first trip and planning board member Steve DeRose and economic development committee member (now chairman) Ron Johnson on the second trip.

  • District 17 House update

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we continued to negotiate the 2015-17 state budget, we passed a bill to prevent stalking by GPS and we sent a bill to move the 2016 presidential primary date bill to a conference committee.

    As the Raleigh weather turned hot again last week, the budget negotiations also heated up. The appropriations committees in charge of the different parts of the budget were addressing their final provisions and the finance chairmen were still discussing the tax package.

  • LCAC nurtures community of artists, learners


  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Celebrate, support First Tee

    The First Tee of Brunswick County is celebrating its 10th anniversary of using golf — our community’s signature sport — to teach life skills and core values to children.