Today's News

  • 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.

    Aug. 22

    Communicating threats, subject called The Brunswick Beacon and made threats.

    Aug. 23

    Heather Carol Watts, 29, 1494 Gurganus Road, arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge for pushing a cart of unpaid items out of Walmart.

    Mary Kathryn Welch, 33, 122 Wood Ridge Drive, Dunn, cited for stealing items from Walmart valued at $7.88.

  • 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.

    Aug. 27

    James Thomas Batten Jr., 64, 3015 Mt. Misery Road, arrested on an order for arrest on a larceny charge from Brunswick County.

    Damage to real property by someone who threw a rock at the rear glass door of a house on Mill Creek Loop and shattered it.

    Aug. 28

  • Drainage issue on Leland roads left to property owners

    Leland officials decided to let nature, and town ordinances, take their course when dealing with heavy rain drainage.

    Town staff received a complaint from Marty Nowak, of 113 Woodland Drive, that a drainage problem on the street collects rainwater in ditches along the road and sends it into his yard, flooding his garage.

    “The water comes from Village Road right to (my) yard,” Nowak said when he addressed the Leland town board at its Aug. 21 meeting.

  • Dosher hospital announces early retirement, layoff plan

    Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees announced plans Thursday, Aug. 28, to offer early retirement options and reduce staff to deal with financial issues.

    Trustees had a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27, to consider addressing the hospital’s continued financial shortfall. Hospital employees were informed of the board’s decision Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

  • Brunswick County’s future really does lie across the border

    Judging from last week’s decision by the N.C. House of Representatives, it appears North Carolina is going to have a difficult time bringing industry to the state when so many other Southern states are more willing to spread around incentive money to close the deal.

    But that’s North Carolina’s problem. Brunswick County has options.

    You may recall that a year or so ago there was a bit of an uproar about the federal government breaking Brunswick County away from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

  • Belville plans to reopen Riverwalk Park observation deck before Rice Festival

    The observation deck at Riverwalk Park at Belville on N.C. 133 has been closed for six months, but Belville officials anticipate repairs will be complete before the end of September.

    Brunswick County officials voted in January to turn over Brunswick River Park to the town of Belville, at the town’s request, as part of the town’s Riverwalk site proposal.

    Town administrator Athina Williams said the town performed a site inspection after taking over the park and found the deck was unsafe.

  • Cemeteries, grave markers among county’s ‘Most Threatened Historic Places'

    SUPPLY — People are less likely now to stumble across historic sites here than they were in the not-so-distant past, partly because they are documented better and partly because some have disappeared from record.

    The Historic Wilmington Foundation is working to prevent the latter from happening through its annual Most Threatened Historic Places List, which covers Brunswick County as well as neighboring New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Kindred Spirit bench mystery solved

    By Jacqueline DeGroot

    Guest Columnist


    No one knows exactly what day it happened, but during the summer of 2011, a custom-built wooden bench magically appeared at The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island. It just showed up one day — with no explanation, and no one seeking credit.

  • Venus flytraps vital to heritage

    On the surface, Venus flytrap poaching may seem like a victimless crime. The valuable vegetation adapts to being held in captivity as a houseplant, after all. But the reason lawmakers pushed this year to make stealing the plants from their native land — which includes Brunswick County — a felony is because our heritage is the true victim of this crime.

  • Apologizes and better self care are in order