Today's News

  • 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.

  • County sees promising economic outlook

    The most recent data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division show Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased by .3 percent from May to June.

    Brunswick County Association of Realtors statistics show total sales for June were $91,171,000, a 13-percent decrease from the $105,530,000 in June last year; the average sale price decreased 9 percent from $259,916 to $236,190 between June 2015 and June 2016.

    Economic momentum, however, seems to be moving in our county’s favor.

  • Weeds thrive in heat, humidity



    The heat and humidity may slow us and some of our plants down, but those very successful plants we call weeds continue to do very well.

  • Food preservation: myth or fact?

     Food preservation guidelines have changed through time. Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, state specialist with the North Dakota Cooperative Extension, developed this quiz to test your knowledge of current food preservation recommendations.

    Are these statements myths or facts?

    1. Old church cookbooks have great canning recipes you will want to use.

    2. As long as you boil the jars of canned vegetables long enough, you will have a safe end product.