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Today's News

  • No matter the theme, fall festivals are funnel cake havens

    Funnel Cake Festival.

    Why hasn’t anyone come up with that yet?

    We are on the cusp of fall festival season and no matter what the theme of each weekend’s gathering may be, the one thing everyone keeps an eye out for at these events is the funnel cake booth.

    I’ve already witnessed it firsthand the last two weekends.

    When a funnel cake is spotted out in the open, it always turns heads as folks try to retrace the steps of the lucky people in possession of funnel cake to determine its place of origin.

  • Leland maps potential street connections to meet future needs

    LELAND — Leland commissioners approved a resolution updating street maps created to identify potential roadway connections throughout the town.

    The board originally approved the street infill maps in 2012 to focus on potential street connections between Village and Old Fayetteville roads, which were presented to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization.

    Planning director Robert Waring told commissioners the updated infill maps looked at connections that would ease the reliance on U.S. 17 to move throughout Leland’s city limits.

  • Belville thanks county manager for help making riverwalk shovel-ready

    BELVILLE — Belville officials began their Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville recognitions a couple weeks early during the Sept. 22 town meeting.

    The Belville town council and staff will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the riverwalk from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the start of the first section of nature trails that are part of the park plan.

  • County to spend $1.2M on school construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County intends to issue limited obligation bonds in 2015 to pay for classroom additions at North Brunswick High School and a gym/auditorium at Waccamaw Elementary School.

    Brunswick County would pay $1.2 million for design, engineering, site preparation and other costs prior to obtaining construction bids by advancing funds and then reimbursing itself with debt proceeds, according to a proposal county manager Ann Hardy gave commissioners during their Sept. 15 meeting.

  • 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.

    Sept. 15

    Gregorio Rosales Hernandez, 30, 4877 Old Town Creek Road, Winnabow, arrested on three active warrants from Brunswick County on various traffic violations.

    Sept. 16

    Marcus Antwyn Jenkins, 32, 3980 Thunder Hill Lane, arrested on three active warrants from New Hanover County.

    Armed robbery on Village Road.

    Sept. 17

  • State unemployment rate still trails national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers fell to .7 percent behind the national unemployment rate, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state’s August unemployment rate is up to 6.8 percent, the most recent month the NCDC has collected information, with a .3 percent increase from July 2014.

    The U.S. labor force unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in August.

  • Tents under scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Beach cabanas and how to regulate them are still a hot topic as town council scrutinized the summer beach season at a monthly workshop Monday.

    Three island residents, Ann and Gordon Bokelman and John Corbett, urged council to continue to allow tents at Sunset Beach, the last of area beach towns that still does so.

    Ann Bokelman said Sunset Beach is a popular, family-friendly beach that enables the needed protection from the sun.

    “Our grandchildren need it,” she said. “Quite honestly, all of us need it.”

  • Calabash Commissioner Emily DiStasio dies

    Calabash commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Emily DiStasio has died.

    DiStasio, 83, died at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning by the town of Calabash.

    DiStasio moved to Calabash from New York in the mid 1990s after retiring from a career with IBM.

  • We must never forget

    By Frank Richardson

    Guest Columnist

    They walk among us and we often don’t notice. They have a special day in their honor and we often forget. We’re talking about National POW/MIA Recognition Day which is always the third Friday in September. 
In Brunswick County there are a lot of veterans of our nation’s services but there is a special breed within that number: those who were held prisoner of war. A good number of those are back, but there are many still missing in action.

  • Prescription drug assistance for low-income Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    Do you ever have difficulty paying for your prescription drugs? Do you have limited income and assets? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions and you are a person with Medicare, Extra Help may be available for you.