Today's News

  • Drinking water treatment system carries $99M price tag

    BOLIVIA — Removing GenX, PFAs, 1,4-Dioxane and other contaminants from Brunswick County’s drinking water would cost $99 million if the county installed a reverse osmosis system, Brunswick County commissioners learned at their March 19 meeting.

    Representatives from CDM Smith, the engineering firm commissioners hired to study water treatment options at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, recommended a low-pressure RO system as the best method to remove more than 90 percent of contaminants.

  • Stand Down event for veterans March 22-24 in Wilmington

    District 9 of the American Legion, the New Hanover Veterans Council, partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer, will sponsor a Veteran Benefit Experience Center (VBEC) and Stand Down event March 22-24 at the Wilmington Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

    American Legion District 9 encompasses multiple Legion Post’s in the Cape Fear region, including Brunswick, Pender and Johnson counties in addition to New Hanover County. All veterans in the surrounding community are encouraged to attend.

  • Leland man dies in U.S. 17 crash Tuesday in Shallotte

    A 43-year-old Leland man died after his Jeep struck a van on U.S. 17 in Shallotte on Tuesday morning.

    Joshua Andrew Challeen was driving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on the highway when it struck the back of a 2013 Chevy van about 9:45 a.m. just past Smith Avenue, North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release issued Wednesday morning.

  • ECHS student to help lead March For Our Lives

    SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Early College High School sophomore Nick Berry said he wasn’t very involved in politics before the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 17 people.

    But the tragedy served as a catalyst for Berry, who decided he had to create change somehow.

    This Saturday, the 16-year-old will serve as one of the leaders of March For Our Lives - Wilmington NC.

  • Leland annexes land, tackles other issues

    LELAND — Leland Town Council members annexed a small piece of land into the town at the March 15 meeting to bring in a new medical office.

    They approved the preliminary site-specific plans for the SMP Medical Office Building on U.S 17 between Grandiflora Drive and Benton Brown Way NE, east of the Walgreens and agreed to update the Magnolia Greens master land use plan for the new medical office in December.

  • Woman gets surprise 98th birthday party

    SHALLOTTE — Vivian Haswell’s aunt Beulah lived to be 101, and she is hoping to outlive her.

    She marked her 98th birthday with a surprise This is Your Life celebration by Lower Cape Fear Hospice at Autumn Care of Shallotte on Friday afternoon.

    Two of her children, Tacey Hoover and Donna Haswell, both of Holden Beach, hospice staff, Autumn Care employees and other residents showered her with cake and gifts, a quilt and framed poetry.

  • Belville to keep 9-cent tax rate for 2018-19

    BELVILLE — Belville officials have until June 30 to work out the 2018-19 budget, but decided March 17 to keep the tax rate steady for the upcoming year.

    “I don’t have any (interest) in increasing the tax rate. Plus I don’t think we need to, unless I’m missing something,” commissioner Noreen Slattery said.

    “I think we’re in good shape,” commissioner Joe Breault added.

    Commissioners increased the town tax rate last year to 9 cents per $100 of valuation, increasing property tax revenues to $156,600.

  • Bridge condition draws concern in Calabash

    CALABASH — Ongoing concern about the safety of the Calabash River bridge on N.C. 179 was raised at the March 13 town board of commissioners meeting.

    Mayor Mary Knight outlined details, documented with photographs posted on a white board during the monthly meeting.

    She said the span was recently scrutinized by town services supervisor Pete Brokus, who took the detailed photos.

    Knight noted the town sent a letter to the North Carolina Department of Transportation in November 2016 emphasizing problems with the height of the bridge.

  • Adams on primary ballot, but not campaigning for county commissioner race

    Tom Adams will be on the May 8 primary ballot as a Republican Brunswick County Commissioner District 1 candidate, but he has stopped campaigning for the race.

    Adams filed to run against incumbent Randy Thompson on Feb. 28, the last day of the filing period.

    But Adams said there is a potential conflict on interest with his role on the state Port Authority board.

    Former Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors in December 2014. His term lasts through June 2019.

  • Sunset Beach bans cabana beach vendors, again

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council cast a repeat 3-2 vote at a town workshop Tuesday to ban commercial vendors from conducting cabana rental business on the beach.

    The vote came after several residents again voiced opposition to the measure.

    Council took another vote at the March 20 workshop after voting the same way at a special called meeting March 13.