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Today's News

  • 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.

  • BCSO searching for teen last seen Sunday

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a teen they say was last seen overnight Sunday.

    According to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, 15-year-old Isaac Messer was last seen overnight Sunday wearing a black and gray zip up sweater, white gym shorts with a black stripe on each side, and grey Vans shoes at his home on Holden Beach Road.

    Messer stands 5-feet 7-inches tall, weights 135 pounds, has dirty blonde hair and brown eyes.

  • Detectives arrest seven on felony gaming charges, seize 387 machines

    Detectives arrested seven people on felony gaming charges after “an intensive undercover investigation over the past several months,” according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday.

    They also seized 387 video gaming machines and more than $250,000 in cash after 16 searches conducted throughout the county as part of the investigation.

    Those arrested and the charges they face are:

  • 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.

  • WBHS student charged in fight, online threat

    A West Brunswick High School student is accused of punching a fellow student at the school Thursday, then making threats on social media.

    Kavon Kenith Gause, 17, of Pelican Point in Bolivia, is charged with misdemeanor simple affray and communicating threats, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office warrants show.

    Gause, a sophomore, fought with the other student identified as “J.B.,” striking him about the body, according to warrants dated Thursday.

  • 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.

  • Panera, Starbucks locating along U.S. 17 in Leland

    Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar updated the economic development committee Oct. 12 about businesses poised to move into the town.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Southport women face cocaine charges in separate cases

    Two Southport women face cocaine charges in separate Brunswick County cases.

    Sarah Elaine Walker, 32, of Fairway Drive is charged with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.