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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 12, 13, 14 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Wednesday, March 12

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Unemployment numbers rise in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose for the third month in a row, reaching 8.7 percent for January 2014.

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

    After a year of steady decreases in unemployment numbers through the end of 2013, the unemployment rate hit a low of 7.7 percent in October.

    Since October, Brunswick County has increased one full point in unemployment numbers.

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    March 18

    Randolph Scott Fletcher, 37, 814 Ricefield Branch Road, arrested on charges of burning personal property, injury to real property, misdemeanor child abuse and injury to personal property by destroying property inside and outside of a residence on Terrace Walk.

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    March 13

    Obtaining property by false pretense and worthless check. Someone bought items at Wicker and More on Ocean Highway with a check from a closed account.

    March 21

    Larceny and obtaining property by false pretense by someone taking items from a residence on Wildwood Street and pawning them.

    March 23

  • Leland looks at uses for old town hall buildings

    LELAND — While Leland officials will have to wait at least another month to move into the new town hall, they are making plans to use the old town hall for economic development.

    At the Thursday, March 20, town meeting, parks and recreation director Niel Brooks provided an assessment of the buildings the town staff will leave behind when they move into the new town hall.

    The old town hall is made up of three modular buildings that include the commissioners’ meeting room and staff offices.

  • Sales tax referendum presentations scheduled through April

    Catch county and school officials on tour for the next five weeks pitching the benefits a quarter-cent sales tax increase can provide.

    After county board members voted 4-1 to add a voter referendum for the sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot Feb. 24, the commissioners were asked to help publicize the referendum.

  • County board approves time extension for community hospital sale

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners extended a medical company’s option on the old community hospital property in hopes a purchase agreement will come through.

    County officials agreed to accept a $750,000 offer for the former Brunswick Community Hospital property from Excel Medical Group last September.

    The agreement is the first step in the process of selling the hospital, but other attempts to sell the hospital have fallen through in the past.

  • Second Street residents mind the gap caused by Ocean Isle beach renourishment

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Richard Donovan, of 436 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, and a number of his neighbors are reaping the benefits of the beach renourishment project that is under way on Ocean Isle Beach, but there is a down side.

    Raising the level of the beach with 640,000 yards of sand that is being spread onto the strand between Shallotte Boulevard and Leland Street has left a large ditch along the property line.

  • At-risk teen program to clear Belville Riverwalk trails

    BELVILLE — The first cost-saving measure Belville officials envisioned for the Riverwalk project came through at the Monday, March 24, town meeting.

    Commissioner Joe Breault gave an update on plans from the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville beginning with a low-cost method to clear debris and cut the walking trails into the park.

  • It takes a village to write a book — thanks, Brunswick County

    Fourteen years ago, when my husband and I moved here, we brought furniture, clothing, gardening tools, a dog, two cats, and the rough draft of my first novel.