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Today's News

  • Three arrested on cocaine charges

    Three people, including a New Hanover County Schools custodian, were arrested in Brunswick County on cocaine charges in two separate cases.

    Leland police arrested Francine Stukes, 53, and Everett Jackson, 60, on June 20 and charged them each with selling crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of crack cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of crack cocaine.

  • ATMC works to upgrade Internet services in rural areas

    ATMC announced an aggressive network improvement project that will enable more than 3,000 households in some of Brunswick County’s most rural areas to have access to much faster broadband Internet speeds by the end of 2019. The project is part of the cooperative’s five-year plan to expand and enhance its broadband network throughout Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte OKs 2017-18 budget without tax increase

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is marking its 11th year without a tax increase with the passage of its 2017-18 budget, town finance director Mimi Gaither said.

    The 2017-18 fund balance for the year shows $5,512,000, with $4,009,393 in the Enterprise Fund and $1,762,500 for capital projects, according to the budget approved during a special meeting Thursday, June 22.

    A budget highlight sheet showed there will be no tax increase, with a tax rate at .35 per 100 with one cent equaling $62,000.

  • Leland police seek ID of Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a riding mower from Wal-Mart.

    The man parked his vehicle in front of Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard, loaded a Murray riding mower onto a trailer and left the store without paying for it.
    The release describes the thief’s vehicle as a dark-colored Ford Explorer with tinted brake light covers and black rims.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.

  • October opening planned for new nursing facility

    A new 136-bed nursing home facility under construction in rural Brunswick County is pegged for an October opening.

    Brunswick Health and Rehab Center has been under construction since June 2016 at 9600 No. 5 School Road near Ash Little River Road.

    It is owned by Saber Healthcare Group headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which operates 111 facilities and more than 10,002 licensed beds in six states, including Autumn Care of Shallotte and 22 other facilities in North Carolina, according to the company’s website.

  • Sunset Beach de-annexation proceeds in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — A state bill to de-annex a senior complex has been approved by the Senate and passed second reading Tuesday, June 27, in the House.

    It was unclear at press time whether Senate Bill 289 to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from Sunset Beach will require a third reading, but it was approved on second reading by a 98-14 vote Tuesday afternoon, according to an update on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

  • Commissioners seek end to GenX discharge

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners approved a resolution at their June 19 meeting requesting the Chemours Co. halt any processes that could discharge the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.

    A June 8 media report said GenX was found in the river, the raw water supplier for Brunswick County Public Utilities (BCPU).

    BCPU water meets all EPA and state standards for water quality, but labs don’t test for the chemical and it isn’t known if GenX is a chemical of concern, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • County board approves establishing 19-member fire commission

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County board members voted to establish a Brunswick County Fire Commission at the June 19 meeting

    The commission will analyze the current fire services funding as well as other funding options to recommend for a long term solution to fire department needs.

    The commission will also study and prioritize the 2017 Fire Services Peer Review recommendations and create an action plan to implement it.

  • Lightning strike suspected in OIB fire

    Firefighters think lightning caused the fire that damaged an empty house on the Ocean Isle Beach island Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

    Dispatchers received a call at 8:10 a.m. about the fire at 25 Atlantic Way, Mayor Debbie Smith said. A neighbor was awakened by a loud bang and realized the home was on fire.

    The house sustained extensive smoke and fire damage with a collapsed roof. Smith said crews successfully kept the fire from spreading to other homes, though the heat rippled vinyl siding on one of them.

  • Leland rebudgets tax increase, proposing 21-cent tax rate

    LELAND — Leland officials adjusted their budget expectations and cut the proposed tax rate from 26 cents to 21 cents at the June 15 town meeting.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the proposed budget at the May 18 town meeting with a budget increase to $14.3 million, up from $10.8 million in fiscal year 2016-17.

    Hollis said the 2.67-cent increase from 18.33 cents to a 21-cent tax rate would increase the amount of tax on a $212,000 home from $388.60 to $440.20, an increase of $56.60.