Today's News

  • Castle Hayne man faces drug charges after traffic stop

    A Castle Hayne man faced drug charges after a Leland police officer found marijuana wax and oxycodone pills in his car following a traffic stop Thursday, Aug. 4.

    The officer pulled over a red 1995 Toyota Avalon driven by 36-year-old Richard William Eschert, of Rock Hill Road, at 10:20 p.m. on U.S. 74/76 at the Mount Misery Road exit because Eschert was following the officer too closely, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

  • Man from Supply faces felony burglary charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of stealing a cell phone from a woman’s home Aug. 2.

    Joey Shaun Beresoff, 29, of Trace Street, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 6, and charged with felony first-degree burglary.

    Warrants show Beresoff broke into a Supply woman’s home between 4:50 and 5 a.m. and stole from her an Eclipse Straight Talk cell phone while she was there.

    Beresoff was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $20,000 bail.

  • Southport man accused of assaulting hospital nurses

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Southport man accused of hitting two nurses and throwing a computer at a third nurse.

    Kevin Randall Burks, 29, of Edgewood Road, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 6, and charged with three felony counts of assault causing physical injury to emergency personnel and injury to personal property.

    Warrants show Burks hit a male nurse in the head, bruising his left ear, hit a female nurse twice in the face, leaving a bruise above her left eye, and threw a computer monitor at a third nurse, bruising her arm.

  • Police: Medical problem led to Sunset Beach bridge wreck

    A medical problem is to blame for a three-vehicle wreck that occurred July 26 on the Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach, sending four people to the hospital.

    The wreck occurred about 11:15 a.m. when a Chevrolet Impala headed from the island crossed the center line and sideswiped a Ford truck headed to the island, Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith said. The Impala then collided head-on with a BMW.

    The bridge was shut down in both directions for about an hour-and-a-half, according to town officials.

  • Leland police offer citizens academy

    The Leland Police Department is offering a citizens academy showing an inside look into police duties on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 25. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

    The application is on the town website, townofleland.com under Police Resources. Complete the form and mail or deliver to Lt. Jeremy Humphries, Leland Police Department, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451.

  • County unemployment stays below 6 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for June, but increased to 5.8 percent after dropping to 5.5 percent in May.

    The unemployment rate was 6 percent in April.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate is down 1.5 percent. The unemployment rate in Brunswick County from June 2015 was 7.3 percent.

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

  • You decide: What’s the source of our discontent?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Discontent with one’s life and the reactions motivated by that unhappiness have been the source of numerous literary efforts, from Shakespeare to Steinbeck. Today’s political campaigns have revealed a new level of discontent among many people.

  • On-street spaces aren’t just a suggestion

    Leland recently added to its development ordinances a requirement for new neighborhoods to include on-street parking in their subdivision designs. The goal is to increase the amount of parking available for residents without having to increase the size of their driveways while eliminating parking on the streets, which has caused problems with congestion.

  • Little progress for retired government employees

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    The General Assembly’s recent session adjourned with several accomplishments; however, it fell short in addressing the needs of government retirees.

    The North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees’ Association (NCRGEA) appreciates the 1.6 percent one-time cost of living bonus for teachers and state government retirees, but knows it will not meet the needs of government retirees.

  • Summer Olympics show lots to enjoy about sports

    There are some people who don’t care about or don’t like watching the Olympics and there are some who become engrossed in them every two years. You’ll find me to the latter category and having a great deal of difficulty understanding the folks who are firmly in the former.