Today's News

  • Leland Police report

    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.

    Feb. 1

    Bradley Norman Weddleman was arrested on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop on U.S. 17 South and Olde Waterford Way.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

    Property damage reported at a Combine Lane residence.

  • Hoggard defeats West Brunswick in overtime


    West Brunswick lost 70-63 in overtim­­­e Feb. 10 at Hoggard in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference boys’ basketball game.

    Despite the loss, West (9-2, 20-2) will play host to Ashley Feb. 12 with the Mideastern Conference title at state. West last won a conference title in 1989. West beat Ashley 60-54 Jan. 16. Hoggard plays at South Brunswick. Hoggard routed South 66-31 Jan. 16.

  • Third person accused of drug crime at Leland restaurant

     A Leland restaurant held a staff meeting Feb. 7 to review its “zero tolerance” drug policy after three employees were arrested on drug charges.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

  • Highlights from Congress

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    As we move into the second month of the 114th Congress, I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick summary highlighting what we accomplished during the past few weeks.

    In order to better serve you, we opened three main offices across the 7th Congressional District. These offices are located in Bolivia, Wilmington and Smithfield. I think you will find our staff is exceptional and can assist you with a variety of issues — everything from veterans’ affairs casework to helping with passports.

  • SHIIP is not just for seniors: It’s for anyone with insurance questions

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Did you know that if you are younger than 65 and have a disability, you might be eligible for Medicare? If you have questions about your health insurance options, SHIIP can help. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free, unbiased counseling about Medicare not just to seniors, but also to people on Medicare because of disability.

  • Lessons from our great coach will last beyond a lifetime

    The Tar Heel Family knew this day would come soon, but it hurt anyway. Dean Smith, the longtime men’s basketball coach of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Saturday night at 83. It was only slightly less shocking than the news that dementia was robbing our great coach of his sharp memory.

  • Consider school report card data carefully
  • 1,200 longleaf pine seedlings planted in the Green Swamp

    SUPPLY — Feb. 4 and 5 were planting days in the Green Swamp.

    Those are the days local forestry and conservancy officials gathered at a Brunswick County trailhead of the 15,000-acre nature preserve to plant 1,200 donated longleaf pine seedlings across five acres.

    The seedlings were donated by the North Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters in a pledge drive last summer by WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. As part of the effort, The Nature Conservancy promised to plant one longleaf pine seedling for each pledge to the public radio station.

  • Construction expected to begin at North in coming months

     BOLIVIA — North Brunswick High School students will welcome bulldozers and other heavy equipment to their campus in the coming months as a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s permanent additions is right around the corner.

    Funding for the permanent additions to the school’s Leland campus should be secured by April, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in an interview Tuesday, Feb. 10. The project’s budget is more than $5 million.