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Today's News

  • Cedar Grove Improvement Association cultivates community roots

    It’s an association with a deep sense of community and family history.

    The Cedar Grove Improvement Association has long been the glue that unites families and efforts in the historic Brunswick County community in the heart of rural Supply. It’s devoted to doing just what its name implies — improving things for the people who have long resided there, families with roots embedded here and strong ties to each other.

  • Bowlers have a ball at 25-year-old Brunswick County Bowling Center

    On Wednesday morning between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Ladies Day Out league takes time out to bowl up a storm.

    Attired in proper shoes and attire comfortable enough to roll a ball, the women are enjoying their games, punctuated with a few strikes, spares and could’ve-done-better gutters. When there’s a strike, they do high-fives with their team members and get ready to roll again.

  • H2GO water plant wastewater permit public hearing Jan. 12

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality public hearing regarding the proposed H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m. Seating capacity for events at the LCAC is around 230 people.

  • County unemployment above 6 percent for November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent for November after remaining steady at 5.9 percent through September and October.

    The unemployment rate was almost a point below the rate for November 2015, when Brunswick County had 7.2 percent unemployment.

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

    According to the NCDOC, Brunswick County had 3,030 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 48,391 for November.

  • Leland Police reports

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

    Dec. 11

    Breaking and entering at Brunswick Surf and Skate on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Dec. 12

    Breaking and entering at 1713 Valerian Lane.

    Dec. 13

    Obtaining property by false pretense by using victim’s debit card to make purchases totaling $116.47 at Food Lion on Reed Road.

  • Shallotte police reports

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

    Dec. 26

    Erik David Grainger, 36, was arrested on a charge of driving while license revoked

    Dec. 27

    Josman Robert Blythe, 37, was arrested on charges of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

    Dec. 28

  • Leland purchases body cameras for use in 2017

    The new year will see Leland police officers add body cameras to their uniform.

    Leland officials approved an increase in the 2016-17 tax rate in part to fund the hiring four new patrol officers and three new detectives. The town also planned to add new patrol cars and detectives’ vehicles.

    Leland Police Chief Mike James said the budget plan for new officers included adding body cameras.

  • Residents seek help with peeling homes

    CAROLINA SHORES — Ken Frost first noticed a problem on the outer trim of his home about five years ago.

    At the time, he deemed it a minor issue — a little pitting here and there in the pre-painted aluminum coil trim under the garage door header on the front of his house in The Farm at Brunswick.

    “I would scrape my fingernail and the paint would come off,” he said. “I couldn’t figure out why it was doing that.”

    He thought a touch-up with paint would take care of it.

  • Beware of computer, Internet scammers

    While computer and Internet use has made communication faster and often easier than ever, users are as susceptible to criminals in the virtual realm as they are in the real world.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident reports routinely document victims who have been conned out of money through various schemes. Sheriff’s office Detective Ed Carter says scammers have ripped off some of our neighbors to the tune of millions of dollars within just the past 10 years.

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.