Today's News

  • Leland woman faces more than 50 identity theft charges

    A Leland woman faces more than 100 criminal charges, including 53 counts of identity theft.

    Leland police arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Jane Cruz on Friday, July 10, according to a news release. Cruz also is charged with financial card fraud, 47 counts of misdemeanor access to a computer, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of check forgery and two counts of uttering a forged check, according to a police department news release issued Monday, July 13.

    Detectives began investigating the case in May, according to the release.

  • Sporadic fishing patterns


    By Capt. Jacob Frick

  • Backpacks Full of Blessings program: Let’s do it

    Last year Brick Landing had its first Wings Backpack Tournament and this year, another one will take place Aug. 1. It’s a simple tournament in a captain’s choice format with men’s and women’s categories.

    Last year the tournament was rained out and, unfortunately, this year I will be away at that time. However, when I read the notice, I was intrigued. It told me about the Wings Ministry Backpack Program, which provides food to needy children in our community.

  • Brunswick Dixie Junior Boys win opener in state tourney


    The Brunswick Dixie Junior Boys won its first-round game in the state baseball tournament, beating Duplin County 12-2 in five innings Saturday, July 11, at Smithville District Park.

    Brunswick finished with six hits. Bradley Adams two hits. Tanner Babson had a double. Brandon Aycock had a single and one RBI. Shawn Smith and Deilon Frink also had hits.

  • Brunswick County boasts seventh lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s lucky lottery streak continues with a Leland man winning $10,000 this week.

    Kevin Beauchamp won the money in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

  • School board OKs potential day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — After more than an hour of discussion, Brunswick County Board of Education members voted to move a step closer in establishing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    At the board’s regular meeting in early June, members listened as a handful of parents expressed their concerns about putting the program at Bolivia Elementary School.

  • Shallotte police reports

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

    June 30

    Trish Elizabeth Whitley was arrested on misdemeanor charges of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

    July 2

    Larceny of a $20 cell phone from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    July 3

    Omar Sharieff Blackmon, 35, was arrested on a felony probation violation warrant and a misdemeanor worthless check warrant.

  • Leland Police reports

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

    July 1

    Christopher Bass was arrested on felony fleeing to elude an officer, driving while license revoked, fictitious registration and possession of stolen goods warrants.

    Breaking, entering and property damage at a Highland Hills Road residence.

    July 2

  • County unemployment sees sharp increase in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has bounced back up to 6.9 percent in May after dropping to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

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

    The numbers are still down from a year ago, when the May 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.3 percent, rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in April 2014.

  • County commissioners, department heads to serve as EDC board

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners and staff will serve as the board of the county’s Economic Development Commission and Economic Development Corporation while a new economic development department is organized.

    The county board of commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission on June 30 after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions.

    The EDC will be reformed as a county department. County Manager Ann Hardy will serve as its interim director.