Today's News

  • Volunteers provide Thanksgiving meals for more than 300 people

     SHALLOTTE — Many Brunswick County seniors weren’t able to leave their homes on Thanksgiving Day, but they were able to enjoy a plate of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more thanks to the generosity of local volunteers.

    More than 50 volunteers gathered at Shallotte Presbyterian Church on Thursday morning, Nov. 26, to prepare hot meals and deliver them to more than 300 seniors throughout the community through Meals on Wheels.

  • Gause’s Tomb re-emerges after restoration by descendants

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Descendants of John Julius Gause Jr., a member of one of Brunswick County’s most prominent families between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, have restored his tomb.

    Gause’s Tomb, which sits off Hale Swamp Road SW, east of Odell Williamson Municipal Airport, was built in 1836 but fell into a state of disrepair in the past century.

    The 15-foot-by-15-foot tomb, which stands four feet above the ground, was built with handmade red brick imported from England that was delivered by schooner to what is now called Brick Landing.

  • Local artists, shoppers enjoy holiday spirit on Black Friday

     SHALLOTTE — While many people battled Thanksgiving turkey hangovers Friday, others hit stores across Brunswick County looking for the best Black Friday deals.

    Some of those people were in for a treat if they came across a piece of artwork that was part of the area’s “Flood the Streets with Art” campaign, which has taken place in parts of the county for the last two years.

  • Sellers had a hand in OIB’s growth for 25 years

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — When Larry Sellers crosses the bridge into Ocean Isle Beach from now on, he will do as a former public servant for the community and its residents.

    Sellers retired from his position as assistant town administrator Tuesday, Dec. 1 after 25 years with the town.

    He grew up in Supply and began a 29-year career working in utilities beginning in 1986 with Brunswick County. He came to Ocean Isle Beach in 1990.

  • Primary, general election filings get under way

    BOLIVIA — Promptly at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Brunswick County District 5 Commissioner Frank Williams of Leland was the first local candidate in line for statewide primary and general election filings that kicked off at noon Dec. 1 and continues until noon Monday, Dec. 21.

    At 11:05 a.m., fellow Republican state Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island arrived to re-file as well for his District 17 House seat at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office for the March 15, 2016, races.

  • Grand jury indicts three accused of assaulting deputies

     A Superior Court grand jury on Nov. 16 indicted several people accused of assaulting law enforcement officers in Brunswick County.

    Shannon Leann Hale, 48, of River Road in Tabor City, was indicted on charges of felony cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon on government official.

    Hale was arrested in September after investigators said she fled from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Newman during a traffic stop, warrants show.

  • Leland updates parking ordinance, delays on-street parking decision

    LELAND — While Leland’s elected officials decided the new board will take up on-street parking reform in 2016, current council members agreed to amend parking permit regulations at the Nov. 19 meeting.

    For the more than two years, town officials have received complaints about tickets for parking along neighborhood streets.

    The current town ordinance states no person shall park any vehicle in the right of way of any public street, alley or bridge in the town except as permitted in the code.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed Dollar General in Leland

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s assistance finding and identifying the man who robbed a Dollar General in Leland last week. No one was injured.

    The robber entered the store at 1758 Mount Misery Road on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and took an undisclosed amount of cash from a female clerk as she was removing it from the cash register to place in a safe, according to a news release. Two other employees were in the store at the time.

  • Remains found in Leland ID’d as missing Wilmington man

      Human remains found in a wooded Leland area in early November have been identified as those of a Wilmington man reported missing more than four years ago.

    According to a pathology report from East Carolina University, the remains found off Hooper Road “have been confirmed to be (those) of Al’Quon Flowers,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued Wednesday, Nov. 25.

    No information about his possible cause of death was released.

  • OIB commissioners agree to indemnify NCDOT aviation work

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials have decided the benefit of the North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance at Odell Williamson Municipal Airport outweighed the risk of a lawsuit or other consequences.

    In August, they saw it differently, balking at trading airport maintenance work by the NCDOT’s Division of Aviation for taking legal responsibility if anything went wrong.

    But commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve a revised maintenance contract Nov. 10.