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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach OKs draft cabana restrictions

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved a “compromised” draft measure that, if approved, will allow cabanas on the beach with new restrictions.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed new guidelines at the Jan. 17 meeting to change the earliest allowable time to erect beach tents from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., prohibiting cabanas on the beach between First and 27th streets and increasing the distance between tents from 10 feet to 12 feet.

    The draft will be considered for final vote at council’s next meeting Feb. 6.

  • Missing Wilmington woman found dead in crashed car in Leland

    A Wilmington woman reported missing last week was found dead in her car Jan. 16 on U.S. 74/76 West in Leland. 

    Melody Davis, 42, was last seen about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 9 on Oak Leaf Drive in her 2005 black Subaru and was reported missing later that day, Wilmington police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said.

  • Charter school can’t sue ex-superintendent, court rules

    A North Carolina court of appeals ruled Tuesday that Roger Bacon Academy and its founder, Baker Mitchell Jr., cannot sue former Brunswick County School superintendent Edward Pruden for criticizing them.

    Mitchell filed a defamation lawsuit Jan. 6, 2015, against Pruden in New Hanover County Superior Court, seeking $100,000 in damages. RBA has four charter schools in the region, including two in Brunswick County.

  • County commissioners OK public comment policy for meetings

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners added a public comment policy for its new year of meetings.

    “This came about from conversations I had with other commissioners that all had similar policies for public comments,” chairman Frank Williams said during the board’s meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 17. The meeting was rescheduled from its usual Monday night in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16

    Williams said his intent in proposing the policy was to bring more structure to meetings.

  • Winnabow weather radio sustains damage

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio transmitter in Winnabow recently sustained damage to the cable that connects to the transmitter.

    The Winnabow transmitter serves portions of southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties, and the adjacent coastal waters.

    This station is not capable of broadcasting as a result of the cable damage, according to a NOAA news release. The installation of a new antennae cable may take a couple months to complete.

  • Leland lists top 20 capital projects

    LELAND — Leland officials began prioritizing capital improvement projects Jan. 11 during their first budget meeting of 2017.

    “It will be a tight budget year. We will not be able to do everything we hope,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Hollis estimated the 2017-18 general fund revenues could be about $10.1 million providing about $500,000 more than 2016-17 for budget planning.

    Town board members created a Top 20 list of projects.

  • Woman visits Shallotte in trip ‘round the world

    SHALLOTTE — Fiji and Jasmine Pedal Around the World.

    FiJaPaw.

    At least three continents.

    Six years.

    Or not; Jasmine Reese said plans can change and she’s flexible.

    Reese, 28, of Indianapolis, has embarked on a bicycle journey around the globe that will include stops in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America with her Whippet mix, Fiji, ending in about six years, unless she decides to make more permanent stops along the way.

  • Operating room permit public hearing set for Jan. 20

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a public hearing to seek comments on the 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan recommendation for an additional operating room in Brunswick County.

    The public hearing will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road, Bolivia.

    Two medical provider companies have proposed building facilities for the operating room in North Brunswick County.

  • H2GO permit hearing draws 100 people

    LELAND — The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality moved a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit hearing for public comments from Odell Williamson auditorium to the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 12.

    Seating capacity for events at the LCAC is about 200 people, but there was more than enough space for the turnout as only about 100 people attended the hearing.

    Only 20 comments were made for and against the permit with many elected officials and people with vested interests in the plant on the list.

  • Sheriff's office seeks missing Southport man

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing Southport man.

    Oscar Flores, 39, was last seen at his home on Mallard Duck Lane about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, driving a 2015 black Honda Accord with North Carolina license plate DKY-7998 and a Louisiana State University tag on the front.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tony Henson at 880-4878.