Today's News

  • Leland father, son arrested on drug charges

     A father and son from Leland were arrested Friday, Nov. 6, on various felony drug charges.

    As part of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Operation You’re Next, which targets heroin dealers, Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 81-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Sr. and 55-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Jr. last week.

  • Equine Encephalitis identified in county

    The State Laboratory of Public Health identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in two pools of mosquitoes collected in the flood plain in central Brunswick County on Oct. 26.

    The type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating EEE in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species Culiseta melanura to identify EEE activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.

  • Carolina Shores begins communications enhancements

    The town of Carolina Shores is beginning work on a comprehensive email distribution and notification system for the benefit of the public. This system is in the early design stages and is intended to enhance communications for residents in the community.

  • Investigation of remains found in Leland under way

     Investigators are trying to identify remains found in a wooded area near Hooper Road in Leland last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Wilmington police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents found the remains in a wooded area Thursday afternoon, Nov. 5, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Some reports indicate the remains are those of missing Wilmington man Al’Quon Flowers, but authorities have not confirmed those reports.

  • NCDOT awards $5.6M for road improvements in Brunswick County

    More than seven miles of U.S. 17 in Brunswick County will be improved, thanks to a $5.6 million contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The contract awarded S.T. Wooten Co. of Wilson calls for resurfacing on U.S. 17 between N.C. 904 and the South Carolina state line. The project also will provide shoulder reconstruction and guardrail adjustments where needed.

  • Mount Olive Baptist Church celebrates centennial

     BOLIVIA — The Rev. Anthony Clemmons walked through his church building holding a framed photo and a quilt. He felt it was only fitting his congregation celebrate 100 years at Mount Olive Baptist Church with two of its finest pieces of history.

    Inside the gold frame is a photograph of James I. Stone, the first pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Stone also happens to be Clemmons’ great-grandfather.

  • School board should be united on bond issue

     Last week, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request to county commissioners asking for the inclusion a $175 million bond referendum on the November 2016 election ballot.

    Unfortunately, the motion passed 3-2, meaning not everyone is on board (get it?) with the decision.

    Vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen approved the motion to include the referendum, while chairwoman Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller cast dissenting votes.

  • Leland man found not guilty of second-degree rape

     A Brunswick County jury found a Leland man not guilty of second-degree rape in Superior Court last week.

    The jury returned the verdict after less than an hour of deliberation in the case of 48-year-old Jimmy Christopher Cox, who was accused of raping a woman with whom he lived last summer. He was initially charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape and sexual battery in July 2014, jail records show.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant celebrates 40-year anniversary

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Nuclear Plant retirees gathered inside the company’s media center for a little more than an hour Friday night and reminisced about their experiences during a 40-year anniversary celebration.

    The two-unit, 1,870-megawatt plant located about two miles north of Southport, houses two boiling water nuclear reactors and more than 1,000 full-time employees.

  • Wish comes true for 8-year-old Shallotte boy

     SHALLOTTE — Eight-year-old Grayson Todd couldn’t contain his excitement when he found out his wish had come true.

    Grayson, a Shallotte resident and Supply Elementary School student, was born with a gastrointestinal disorder and requires constant medical attention.

    Through doctors’ visits, his family learned about Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”