Today's News

  • Don’t guess, soil test!



    By Sam Marshall


    Any successful gardener in this area will tell you that the key to a beautiful lawn or garden starts with healthy soil. The only way to ensure your soil is healthy is to conduct a soil test. Soil test results guide decisions like which type of fertilizer to use and whether or not to apply lime. Different types of plants have different pH and nutrient requirements. By soil testing, you can ensure you are applying the proper amounts for optimal growth of all your plants.


  • Fire up the grill for some Cornell chicken and Binghamton spiedies.

     A professor of food science at Cornell University, Bob Baker is credited with inventing Cornell Chicken in Ithaca, N.Y., in the 1940s. The crispy-skinned grilled chicken is basted with a white vinegar-based barbecue sauce that has long been a favorite in the central and western regions in New York State for many years.

    The combination of low heat and continual basting with the special sauce produces a one-of-a-kind result.

  • Autopsy: Leland man killed in officer-involved shooting was drunk

    An autopsy report shows the man who was killed after he fired at a Leland police officer during a traffic stop last December had a blood alcohol content of .26 at the time.

    A person is considered legally impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08.

    Brent Quinn, 43, died as a result of injuries he suffered in gunfire with Leland police officer Jacob Schwenk on Dec. 9, 2016 on Bridgeport Way.

    Quinn and Schwenk, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times.

  • Winnabow fire destroys home, damages two others

    A weekend fire destroyed a home and damaged two others in Winnabow. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County E911 dispatchers received a call about a structure fire in the 100 block of Caicos Court at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, records show.

    Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department Chief John Grimes said several callers reported the owner of the house at 11 Caicos Court was out of town and a dog was inside. His department requested an additional engine company from New Hanover County, with units arriving within eight minutes.

  • Matthew 25 Center to house families visiting inmates

    In 2008, a group of like-minded people came together to embody the message of Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

    This verse was the inspiration for the Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc., said Milton Coleman, a Shallotte board member. The center will provide temporary housing for families visiting loved ones in any detention center in Brunswick, Columbus, Robeson, Bladen counties and Horry County in South Carolina. 

  • WPD: Leland contractor stole $130K in property

    Wilmington police say a Leland contractor stole $130,000 in property while on the job.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old Wayne Timothy Efird, of Fairview Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on Figure Eight Island. Police charged him with nine counts of obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny by an employee.

  • Shallotte man charged in sexual assault, stabbing

    A Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman Saturday, then trying to stab her to death the next day.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 29-year-old Lavonshea Marquise Fletcher on Sunday and charged him with second-degree forcible rape, first-degree burglary, attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and three counts of breaking and entering to terrorize or injure.

  • Shallotte man charged in Supply home invasion

    A Shallotte man is accused of committing a home invasion in which a man was injured in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 33-year-old Khandon Onsha Frink, of Todd Road, at the scene Friday, Feb. 24, and charged him with first-degree burglary, assault with a weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault by strangulation, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within an enclosure to incite fear and possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo set for March 4

    The inaugural Live.Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo, presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at 925 Seaside Road SW, at the corner of N.C. 94 and Old Georgetown Road, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The free event will feature 70 vendors, goody bags for the first 150 people (one per family) and the option to register for a door prize. Some vendors also will have giveaways, raffles or other prizes.

  • BCAR figures show healthy residential real estate market

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market is healthy, according to the most recent statistics released by Brunswick County Association of Realtors.