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Today's News

  • Man accused of escaping from county jail awaits trial

     A Southport man accused of escaping from county jail in January is awaiting trial in Brunswick County Superior Court while his girlfriend and aunt, who are charged with aiding him during the escape, are scheduled to face charges in district court this week.

  • Students, parents rally to make second prom a success

     SHALLOTTE — Nearly 30 students from West Brunswick High School missed their junior and senior prom in April as they competed in state and national events, including a business and marketing DECA international competition in Orlando, Fla.

    Many of the students — and their parents — lobbied West Brunswick High School and school district officials to move the prom date, but their attempt was unsuccessful.

  • County prepares for busy hurricane season

     SUPPLY — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but that’s not preventing local, regional and state officials from preparing for a busy season.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season “will likely be below normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy,” according to a news release issued May 27. 



  • Shallotte Middle duo and lifelong best friends earn medals at state competition

     SHALLOTTE — Two Brunswick County students among several who competed in the state Science Olympiad finals came home with Top 10 medals.

    Shallotte Middle School eighth-graders and Powell Palmer and Madison Ward captured sixth-place honors in a team event.

    On April 25-26, the self-proclaimed “BFFs” — or “best friends forever — made the trip to Raleigh weeks after claiming first-place honors at the regional level.

  • Leland approves resolution to support, annex development in Belville

    LELAND — Leland officials approved a resolution of support for developer Urban Smart Growth LLC’s planned development along the Brunswick River adjacent to the town.

    But the development is Belville’s proposed downtown project, which the town contracted to build with Urban Smart Growth in 2007 for a 20-year period.

    At Leland’s town meeting May 21, the resolution was discussed without any talk of Belville’s agreement being a hindrance.

  • 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.

    May 23

    Christopher Allen Roll, 31, was arrested on a felony warrant for arrest from Davidson County.

    Shayne Stephen Gransbury, 25, was arrested on charges of possession of up to ½ ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    May 25

    Larceny of a wallet containing $1,540 from a purse at Wal-Mart.

    May 26

  • Navassa awaits updates on budget, CSX and Superfund site

    Navassa will announce the scheduled time for a public hearing on the 2015-16 budget at its June 18 regular town council meeting.

    “We are still working on our budget, but (the staff) are scheduled to have our numbers by Friday,” Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said Monday, June 1.

    After the public hearing on the budget, council could choose to vote on the budget at the same meeting or schedule more budget discussion.

    The town budget must be approved by June 30.

  • 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.

    May 25

    Thomas Chappell was arrested on charges of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after causing a disturbance on Thomas Garst Lane.

    Curtis Williams was cited and released after leaving Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard without paying for merchandise.

  • A direct lesson in dealing with roundabouts

    I understand there is a little bit of controversy with the new, and future, roundabouts in the area.

    As I have heard it, some folks don’t like traveling through it or haven’t gotten the hang of roundabouting, yet.

    There’s good news though. I’m here to help. I have been through this before.

    Once upon a time, eight or nine years ago, I lived and worked much closer to Raleigh, the epicenter of this roundabout outbreak.

  • Belville explores more cost cutting to keep tax rate steady

    Belville officials have proposed holding the town’s property tax rate to $0.0683 per $100 valuation for another year, but continued to look for areas to trim expenditures for 2015-16.

    At its May 18 town meeting, Belville’s board of commissioners reviewed the donations it would make as part of the annual budget.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the town received requests for $7,250 in donations in the upcoming budget.

    “The total was $5,200 for all donations (in 2014-15),” Williams said.