Today's News

  • District court docket for Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 3 and 4 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Oct. 31

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • You decide: Where will we live?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Less than 50 years ago in 1970, North Carolina was still a rural state. More than half (54 percent) of the state’s residents lived in rural areas. In fact, at that time, only five states — Vermont, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota and Mississippi — had a higher percentage of their population living in rural counties.

  • Meetings focus on road plans for future traffic

    The Carolina Bays highway plan to extend S.C. 31 into North Carolina has the support of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) joint transportation organization to include in North Carolina’s transportation priority list.

    But Horry County, S.C., voters put a down payment on their part of the project in the Nov. 8 general election.

  • An extraordinary experience, courtesy of kind readers

    Since my last column, some of the sting from this year’s World Series has abated. The series went to seven games and ended in defeat at Cleveland for my beloved Cleveland Indians. It pitted my team, now heading into its 69th year without a title, against the Chicago Cubs, whose 108-year drought finally ended. Before the series ended, they were the two Major League Baseball franchises with the longest championship droughts.

  • Belville ready to build town hall if state approves financing agreement

    BELVILLE — The public didn’t come out to speak on Belville’s plan to finance building a town hall site at a special public hearing Nov. 2, but town officials did, agreeing to proceed with the plan.

    Belville’s town council approved a financing plan at the meeting, but Town Attorney Jim Eldridge emphasized the action taken did not execute it.

    The board, which voted unanimously, 4-0, agreed to submit the financing plan to the state’s Local Government Commission, which is part of the state treasurer’s department.

  • Ocean Isle Beach receives CAMA permit for terminal groin

    Ocean Isle Beach received approval for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) major permit, putting it a step closer to building a terminal groin.

    The town submitted an application for the permit allowing the terminal groin in an Area of Environmental Concern to the Department of Environmental Quality on June 10.

    The Division of Coastal Management had 75 days from the application submission to review the terminal groin application.

  • New member to join Leland economic development committee

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee could have a new member by its December meeting.

    The LEDC met Nov. 10 and discussed replacing Jenny Harris, who had to resign from the board, citing to conflicts with her travel and job responsibilities as southeast regional manager for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

    Harris was appointed to the LEDC on Jan. 21. Her term expires June 30, 2018.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 1

    Larceny of a license plate valued at $28 from a vehicle parked on Maple Tree Drive.

    Nov. 3

    Communicating threats on Slater Way.

    Nov. 4

    Damage to a lantern and larceny of other items valued at $120 from a Amber Pines Way residence.

    Vandalism; someone drove over a fueling hose causing $150 damage at GoGas on Village Road.

  • BFA remains critical to county

    After a successful distribution of U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities from the former pressroom at the Beacon last Thursday, Brunswick Family Assistance and its new executive director, Stephanie Bowen, are preparing for perhaps its busiest event of the year: its annual Christmas distribution.

    The abrupt, dramatic departure of Bowen’s predecessor, Lou Nistler, who resigned Aug. 19 after 48 days on the job, seems like a distant memory. It may be one we would rather forget, but the resulting lesson is something we cannot.

  • Sunset Beach bans cabanas

    SUNSET BEACH — Following more than an hour of debate, including numerous citizen comments on both sides of the issue, Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday morning to ban cabanas on the beach.

    The Nov. 15 vote comes after weeks, months and even years of conflict over whether Sunset Beach should continue to allow the bulky shade-providing tents in the heat of summer. Sunset Beach was one of the last beachside towns in the region to continue to allow them.