Today's News

  • Stumbling upon news has become second nature

    There I was in the office the other night — sitting at my desk and working at my computer, listening to Ray Charles and doing editor things — when I glanced out the window into the dark and saw a nondescript sedan heading down Smith Avenue toward U.S. 17 but slowing down for the Shallotte police cruiser, its blue lights flashing, following behind it. No big deal.

  • Making your gift count

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist


    The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family and give thanks for our blessings. It’s also a time when many of us choose to give to those who are less fortunate.

    Across North Carolina, many people consider making donations to charities and worthy causes an important part of their holiday traditions. 

  • Board of commissioners should heed taxpayers’ will

    Most of us would think twice before dropping $35,000 on a new vehicle or $350,00 on a new home. We would do some research to make sure we were getting a fair deal on a sound investment and take time to carefully consider all options before agreeing to a final price.

  • League of Municipalities, Iler share different privilege tax perspectives

    While a state lobbyist for cities and towns sees the end of privilege license taxes as a detriment to growth, state Rep. Frank Iler sees the General Assembly’s work as only half done.

    The North Carolina League of Municipalities hosted the first of a series of regional meetings on the growth of towns and the limits on sources of revenue, including the loss of the privilege license tax, in Southport on Dec. 3.

  • Day of events welcome Christmas holiday to Leland

    Christmas arrives in Leland with holiday activities all day Saturday, Dec. 13.

    The 22nd North Carolina Christmas festival and parade rings in the holiday season that morning.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m., heading east along Village Road from the First Baptist Church of Leland to the North Brunswick Shopping Center.

    Participants should be in the parade lineup by 9 a.m. when Village Road will close until the parade is over at noon.

  • Residents want county to spike $3.5M land deal

    Some Brunswick County residents say they are prepared to go to court to halt the county’s $3.5 million land purchase for a nature park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    County commissioners voted during their Nov. 12 agenda meeting to buy three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach bridge, from Sweetwater Investments LLC. The properties, which are undeveloped, will be used to establish a nature park.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police report

    Ocean Isle Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last month. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 10

    Breaking and entering a vending machine at the Winds Resort on East First Street.

    Nov. 29

    Property damage; someone drove into the flowerbed at Ocean Isle Inn on West First Street, crushing four plants valued at $150.

    Dec. 2

    Larceny of $180 from a safe at Subway on Causeway Drive.

  • 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.

    Nov. 25

    Larceny of a laptop computer, charger and cellular phone valued at $500 from a Main Street residence.

    Nov. 28

    William Edward Bell, 44, arrested on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin and misdemeanor littering.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of $565 from a Cheers Street business.

  • Commissioners approve resolution to further examine same sex marriage ruling

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County joined a small number of counties to craft a resolution opposing North Carolina court’s same sex marriage ruling.

    Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 1 to endorse the resolution that requests U.S. appellate courts further examine the issue of same sex marriage.

    In May 2012, voters in North Carolina voted to amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  • OIB officials want to see partial plan for roundabout

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials have agreed to take the next step, but not yet commit, to creating a roundabout to replace the intersection at N.C. 179 and Causeway Drive.

    The town board has received input from business owners at the intersection and residents at each step since the roundabout was proposed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in August.