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Today's News

  • Leland board will consider concept for municipal campus master plan

    Leland Town Council will consider approving the town’s municipal campus master plan at its Oct. 19 meeting.

    The plan is a proposal to expand amenities at Leland Municipal Park and former town hall site, as well as adjoining properties, to create a central hub for recreation and public events.

    Operation services director Niel Brooks will make a presentation of the plan details at town meeting and ask for the board’s vote to approve the concept.

  • Sunset Beach councilman confronts candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Drama erupted at the end of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday when town councilman Richard Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern as he was speaking and two board members intervened.

    The incident occurred while Nern was speaking about park fees during public comment at the Oct. 17 morning meeting.

    “When there’s no (waterfront) market next year, remember how the vote went,” Nern said after a majority of council voted Tuesday to increase park usage fees.

  • Texas rescue dogs welcomed by N.C. foster homes

    Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Lone Star State, not the least of which were its most helpless victims — pets who were either separated from their owners or in need of attention at inundated shelters.

    The week of Oct. 1, it was local animal groups to the rescue as volunteers with Wilmington-based Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, with assistance from Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Paws-Ability, traveled 1,200 miles down to a Houston shelter to fetch some dogs in need of new homes.

  • County eliminates special assessment district policy to review cost sharing

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners abandoned a special assessment district policy after realizing public money would pay for more than 50 percent of the first approved project.

    In September, they unanimously approved a resolution for a water special assessment district for Marsh Bay Estates off Sunset Harbor Road SE next to South Brunswick Charter School in Bolivia.

  • Detectives seek man on kidnapping, assault charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is looking for a Leland man accused of causing a woman to lose an eye after he assaulted her.

    Jemar Lee Bell, 37, of Bell Way Drive faces first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female charges.

    Warrants show Bell assaulted the woman, resulting in the loss of her right eye, and choked her from behind to the point she felt she would pass out during incidents that happened between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14.

  • Cape Fear Public Utility Authority files suit against GenX maker

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) filed two lawsuits this week to keep its legal options open as the investigation of the GenX contamination of Brunswick County’s drinking water source continues.

    The CFPUA filed a motion Tuesday, Oct. 17, to intervene in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) lawsuit brought against The Chemours Co. on Sept. 5 in Bladen County Superior Court. 5.

    The CFPUA also requested a declaratory judgment to seek the right to receive notice and comment on any settlement of the DEQ action.

  • Caw Caw Drainage District cleared in areas plagued by flooding

    Brunswick County officials announced a new maintenance program for the Caw Caw Drainage District has completed clearing areas near Carolina Shores that flooded the past two years.

    The Caw Caw Drainage District was initially created in 1953 to establish levees, drains, canals and ditches or other waterways to drain swampland or handle water overflows onto land used for agricultural purposes.

  • Holden Beach Bridge lane closures begin Oct. 18

    Drivers crossing the Holden Beach Bridge/N.C. 130 over the Intracoastal Waterway will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18. The closures are needed for North Carolina Department of Transportation crews to safely inspect and perform routine maintenance work on various sections of the bridge.

    The closures will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

  • BCAR releases September 2017 data

    September has come and gone and temperatures are cooling down, but Brunswick County’s residential real estate market remains hot. The third quarter finished strong, with units sold outpacing 2016 by 27 percent and total dollar sales up by 36 percent over last year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors. 



  • Grand jury indicts six men in federal drug trafficking case

    Six alleged members and associates of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Wilmington have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, powder cocaine and crack cocaine following an investigation in which the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office participated, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Tuesday.

    Firearm charges are pending against four of the men, all of whom are from Wilmington.