Today's News

  • As of Nov. 1 , winter has arrived

    “Aren’t you cold?”

    I heard that question at least twice Saturday, making Nov. 1 the unofficial/official start of winter.

    I went to the Riverwalk Park at Belville to see how the barbecuing was going at the Bikes Boots and BBQ festival.

    Unfortunately, the event was rained out due to the downpours that hit early Saturday morning.

  • Shallotte Police report

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

    October 27

    Credit card fraud by someone using victim’s credit cards in different stores.

    October 29

    Virginia Angelique Wallace, 39, 504 Wineyard Landing, Bolivia, arrested on warrants for misdemeanor charges of writing a worthless check, driving while license revoked and driving with a fictitious tag.

  • Leland Police report

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

    October 25

    Casimiro Bravo Perez, 49, 657 Fox Train Road, Supply, arrested on a warrant from Brunswick County for failure to appear in court.

    Russell Andrew Cook Jr., 24, 67 South Lake Drive, Texarkana, Texas, arrested for driving while impaired, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Leland meets with group assisting Shallotte’s Riverfront project

    LELAND–Leland could follow in Shallotte’s footsteps and work with a UNC School of Government group to push forward their downtown development plans.

    Town officials held a special council meeting Oct. 31 to meet with UNC School of Government Development Finance Initiative (DFI) staff.

    The DFI partners with local governments in North Carolina to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise.

  • Park and ride experiment created to ease U.S. 17 traffic congestion

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization will try to ease traffic congestion along the U.S. 17/74/76 corridor that’s under construction by enticing drivers to park their cars.

    The WMPO’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) created a transportation management subcommittee to look at how public transportation could improve traffic beginning during the NCDOT’s construction project on U.S. 17 between Leland and Wilmington, with the intent of planning for the long term.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops to 6.6 percent in September

    After two months of unemployment rate numbers at 7.3 percent, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.6 percent in September.

    It is the lowest percentage the county has experienced since hitting a two year low of 6.3 percent in April.

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

    The county unemployment rate remains higher than the statewide rate of 6.1 percent.

  • Jury trial amendment undecided

    A vote to determine whether a felony defendant can waive a jury trial in favor of a bench trial appeared to have passed at press time Tuesday.

    North Carolinians voted on the amendment during the general election. If it is approved, the decision to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial will make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

  • Rabon ahead of Ward in N.C. Senate District 8 race

    Precinct results available by press time Tuesday show Republican incumbent Bill Rabon ahead of Democratic challenger Ernie Ward in the state Senate District 8 race.

    Preliminary state election results, with 57 percent of precincts reporting, had Rabon with 26,919 votes or 55 percent to Ward’s 21,882 or 45 percent.

    Rabon, who sought his third term as state senator, said job creation is the most important issue for southeastern North Carolina.

  • Iler bests challenger Warren in House race

    Election results Tuesday show Republican incumbent Frank Iler of Oak Island winning over Democratic challenger Charles Warren in the state  House of Representatives District 17 race.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Iler had 20,790 votes or 67 percent and Warren had 10,159 votes or 34 percent.

    Iler, a small business owner and company employee from Oak Island, was first appointed to the House of Representatives in 2009, followed by a 2010 election and 2012 re-election to that post.

  • Initial results show incumbents returning to school board

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer


    Preliminary general elections results show a pair of Brunswick County Board of Education incumbents keeping their seats .

    Incumbents John Thompson and Charlie Miller, both Republicans, ran against Democrats Leonard Jenkins and William Flythe, respectively.

    At press time, with six of 26 precincts reporting, Thompson had garnered 14,691 votes (61 percent) against Jenkins’ 9,275 votes (39 percent) in the District 5 race.