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Today's News

  • County will hold public hearing for special sewer project in Carolina Shores North

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a preliminary assessment for a Special Assessment District (SAD) to install a sewer collection system to serve the Carolina Shores North subdivision.

    A SAD is created for an area where property owners have requested a public improvement and agreed to pay for that improvement through charges levied against owners within the district.

  • Rolling car injures two Leland officers

    Two Leland police officers suffered minor injuries during a traffic stop.

    Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Leland Officer Inman Rahman attempted a traffic stop at U.S. 74/76 west near the Mount Misery Road exit.

    The driver, Benjamin Patrick Jr., failed to yield to blue lights and siren for a short distance. Once he stopped, he had to be pulled from his vehicle.

    Patrick failed to put his vehicle into park and it began to roll backward, striking Rahman and Officer Jeff Salyer with the open door.

  • Belville says Leland bill for ABC permit unlawful

    BELVILLE — Belville officials say Leland’s legislative request for an ABC permit is unconstitutional.

    At a March 5 workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • Park and ride slow to catch on in Leland, but here to stay

    LELAND — Two out of three park and ride lots are in place in Leland, which transportation officials want more people to know.

    The park and ride program was created by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76.

  • County commissioners return to bi-monthly meeting schedule

    Brunswick County will return to hosting two county meetings a month beginning in April.

    The county already implemented a meeting time change beginning at the March board session.

    At the March 16 meeting, commissioners called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. to hold closed session discussions at the start of the agenda before returning to open session at 6:30 p.m.

  • Former NFL quarterback delivers strong message to WBHS freshmen

     SHALLOTTE — Students at West Brunswick High School have heard drug and alcohol abstinence speeches before, but last Friday’s message was different.

    Almost 300 West Brunswick freshmen gathered inside the school’s gymnasium March 20 on the Shallotte campus to hear it from former NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel III, the son of former NFL star Roman Gabriel.

  • Leland officials seek grants for pedestrian projects

    LELAND — Leland officials have agreed to commit to building a multi-use path off Westgate Drive to receive a grant for the project.

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) told the town money was available for the project through the Surface Transportation-Direct Appointment Funds.

    The town submitted a project to create a 10-foot multi-purpose path from Westgate Drive behind Wal-Mart to follow a power line easement through Brunswick Forest to Rice Gate Way.

  • Self-initiated warrants persist in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Most criminal charges are levied after local law enforcement agencies thoroughly investigate a case. Not as many people are familiar with self-initiated warrants, meaning someone can make a criminal complaint in front of a magistrate, leading to the arrest of another person.

    Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who sits as a prosecutor during cases stemming from self-initiated warrants, said these cases are popular in Brunswick County.

  • Board approves bus driver attendance incentive program

     The Brunswick County Board of Education has approved a bus driver attendance incentive program that aims to encourage drivers to receive perfect attendance from now until the beginning of June.

    The board voted unanimously at a March 17 policy committee meeting to approve the incentive program, which was championed by district transportation director Bobby Taylor.

    Regular bus drivers and regular transportation safety assistants are eligible for the incentive program, while substitute drivers are not eligible, according to a March 17 news release.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate jumps to 8 percent to start 2015

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in January 2015.

    The rate increased from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and was closer to January 2014’s high of 8.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate last hit 8 percent unemployment in December 2013.

    The county hit a two-year low at 6.0 percent in October 2014 but has increased each month since.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.