Today's News

  • VIDEO: North wins ECC softball title
  • West Brunswick reaches title game in MEC softball

     West Brunswick reached the championship game of the Mideastern 3A/4A softball tournament by beating Laney 2-1 May 5.

    Leilani Emile was 2-for-3 and hit a solo home run to left center field that gave West a 2-0 lead. It was her seventh home run this season.

    West had five hits. Randaisa Daniels, Caroline Gore and McKenzie Benton also had hits.

    Gore was the winning pitcher, giving up nine hits in seven innings. She struck out two and walked one. Laney scored its run in the fifth.

  • North Brunswick wins ECC softball title

     LELAND — North Brunswick beat East Duplin 10-1 May 5 and won the East Central Conference championship.

    The Scorpions finished 9-1 and are 16-5 overall. This is their second straight ECC title. They were 8-2 last year.

    “It’s pretty exciting, obviously,” North coach Brittney Lehrschall said. “The girls have worked extremely hard, especially coming into a new conference. They have done a great job of adjusting and coming out ready to play, especially with the conference trips that we have to take.

  • School board meeting raises dispute with county over funding

     BOLIVIA — Contentious debate about a funding agreement between Brunswick County Schools and the county highlighted the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 5, inside the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    During a liaison committee meeting Monday, May 4, county officials told Superintendent Les Tubb the county would remain revenue neutral, meaning they wouldn’t raise taxes and the schools won’t get additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • 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.

    April 28

    Brandon Alexander Bain was arrested on a warrant from Brunswick County.

    Larceny of fishing equipment from a South Navassa Road residence.

    Involuntary commitment; victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Injury to personal property; someone cut the tire valve stem of a vehicle parked on Maple Tree Drive.

  • County for, Belville against bill to end sanitary districts

    The bill proposed to eliminate Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO has received the support of county commissioners and opposition from Belville’s town board.

    In March, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    House Bill 516, sponsored by Brunswick County Reps. Susi H. Hamilton and Frank Iler, was filed April 1 and referred to the Committee on Local Government and directed to the Finance Committee.

  • County OKs ending non-emergency ambulance transport

    Brunswick County Emergency Services will stop offering most non-emergency transportation at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Brian Watts, the county’s emergency services director, asked the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during its May 4 meeting to approve ending county non-emergency transport service.

  • World War II bomber pilot, family of crewman take flight with B-17

    OAK ISLAND — One of the last World War II era B-17 bombers still flying came to Brunswick County last weekend and with it came visitors to remember the men who served in them.

    The B17 Aluminum Overcast, crewed by pilots Bob and Lorraine Morris of the Experimental Airplane Association, was hosted by Oak Island’s EAA Chapter 939 at the Cape Fear Regional Jet Port, April 30-May 3.

    The B17 flew into Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport from Lakeland, Fla., where the EAA group participated in the annual Fun in Sun air show.

  • County back to less than 7 percent unemployment in March

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for March 2015 decreased to 6.8 percent.

    The rate was down to 6.3 percent in December 2014, then soared to 8.0 percent in January 2015.

    The rate drop continued from February, when unemployment fell to 7.5 percent.

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

    In March 2014, the county had an 8.2 percent unemployment rate.

  • Shallotte Police report

    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.

    April 27

    Jessica Ann Howell, 30, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence protection violation, assault inflicting serious injuries and trespassing.

    Larceny of a weed eater and blower worth $500 from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

    April 28