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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach tallies give Harris 662-vote win over Sherrill’s 660

    BOLIVIA — Sunset Beach Town Council candidate Jan Harris received one more absentee vote in canvass-day tallies Friday, giving her 662 votes to former councilman Wilson Sherrill’s 660 votes to win a third available seat on the five-member town board.

    “It’s a win for Sunset Beach,” Harris said after the hour-and-a-half-long sessions adjourned Friday morning at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Bolivia.

  • Bridge expected to open before Shallotte Christmas parade

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is expected to open in time for Shallotte’s Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 2.

    The B-440 bridge replacement project on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, planning director Robert Waring said during the town’s Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 8.

    Mayor Walt Eccard raised the question about the Dec. 2 event, noting Bridgers Road is used for parade access.

  • Brunswick County GenX levels jump

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply spiked in mid-October, but the latest samples returned to the numbers that have been reported through the summer.

    Results reported Nov. 13 by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson showed water samples taken Oct. 26 with levels of 39.5 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 38.4 parts per trillion in the finished water source.

  • NCDOT aims for Dec. 15 opening for I-140 Wilmington Bypass

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is pushing to complete the work to open the Wilmington Bypass by mid-December.

    Daniel Waugh, NCDOT Division III resident engineer for the I-140 project, said the goal is a Dec. 15 for opening the I-140 extension, even if a little more work will need to be completed in 2018.

  • 10-year-old expected to be OK after two-vehicle crash in Winnabow

    A 10-year-old girl is expected to recover after being airlifted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Center as a result of a two-vehicle collision Nov. 15 in Winnabow.

    The girl was one of three passengers in a white Oldsmobile van driven by her mother, 39-year old Roselia Enriques of Winnabow, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper A.S. Godwin said, who did not give the girl’s name.

  • County to begin accepting LIEAP applications Dec. 1

    Brunswick County will begin accepting applications Dec. 1 for LIEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are at least 60 or disabled.

    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • Leland’s ‘Pack the Patrol Car’ to benefit BFA, Salvation Army

    Leland police and Leland Wal-Mart are coming together to help Brunswick Family Assistance and the Salvation Army during the holidays with a series of fundraisers and a grand finale “Pack the Patrol Car” event.

    From now until Dec. 5, Leland Was-Mart will host events in and around the store at 1112 New Pointe Blvd. to raise money for the two nonprofits.

    On Dec. 7, Leland police will open the doors of two police cars parked outside Wal-Mart for the public to pack with non-perishable foods between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Carolina Shores gets $574,454 FEMA money for Hurricane Matthew

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town of Carolina Shores has received $574,454.18 in newly released Federal Emergency Management Association reimbursement money for Hurricane Matthew costs.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, said the check had been received that day through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

  • Leland police add community crime map program

    LELAND — The Leland Police Department has a new mapping tool for incidents and arrests that provides an online map for residents.

    Town board meeting, Council members unanimously approved Oct. 19 authorizing an agreement for the LexisNexis Accurint Virtual Crime Center with a $9,000 contract for one year.

    Police Chief Mike James said there are two parts to the program: a public access side that provides information for Leland residents, including crime rates, and the map of its own locations.

  • County to add ‘In God We Trust’ to vehicles

    Brunswick County commissioners will add “In God We Trust” to all county vehicles.

    A one-and-a-half-inch sticker will be placed under the county seal, which is on the driver and passenger doors, of each county vehicle.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke requested a discussion to add the national motto to all county vehicles at the Oct. 16 county board meeting.

    The issue was tabled until November for county operation services director Stephanie Lewis to determine a design and cost for the addition.