Today's News

  • Eat more fruit

    Eat more fruit. We’ve all heard this as a recommendation. I also know dietitians, nutritionists and moms tell people to eat fruit as a snack. I’ve said that many times myself in this column. But, I also know that’s easier to say than do in real life.

  • Seasonal horrors: Fire ants, yellow jackets, wasps

    This is the time of year when a little outdoor eating can help you reconnect with nature and the ones you love. But, uninvited guests such as fire ants and yellow jackets can turn even the most idyllic family picnic into fodder for a Stephen King novel.

  • Officials called to boat explosion at Ocean Isle Fishing Center

    Three people have been transferred to hospitals following a boat explosion in Ocean Isle Beach Friday afternoon.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said a boat exploded at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 65 Causeway Drive. One person was taken by ambulance to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach and two others were flown to University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

    Garner said he did not have details of their injuries.

    The boat was fully involved when fire crews arrived, Garner said.

  • Man wanted in May 31 robbery in Bolivia arrested in Sampson County

    A man wanted for a May 31 robbery in Bolivia was arrested in Sampson County on Saturday.

    No one was injured in the robbery.

    According to a Sheriff's Office Facebook post, deputies were looking for 21-year-old Ondrick Lymell Cromartie, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the 8000 block of Ocean Highway E. in Bolivia at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Belville awaits SB 126 to finalize budget in June

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will wait until June to make final adjustments to the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

    Belville’s financial consultant Kemmy Goodson told board members state Senate Bill 126/House Bill 522 may pass and they won’t know its impact unless or until it happens.

    “It will change the figures on our sales tax. Fortunately it will not be a factor in increasing our budget,” Mayor Mike Allen said. “But we will have to wait until our next meeting to see the actual effect.”

  • Leland water customers retain town benefit

    LELAND — Leland water customers will continue to receive a town benefit that began as a mistake.

    Utilities director Jimmy Strickland asked council members if the town wanted to continue the service of testing irrigation backflow preventers after learning it wasn’t a town responsibility.

    When the town started its water department, Strickland said, state officials told staff the town was responsible to test the backflow providers, but staff recently learned it is actually the responsibility of homeowners.

  • New walk-in clinic opens at county complex

    BOLIVIA — With the need for mental health and drug abuse treatment apparent in Brunswick County, officials have made assistance available at the county government center.

    A walk-in mental health and substance abuse clinic opened May 15 at 10 Referendum Drive NE in Building F.

  • EmergeOrtho chosen to build surgery center in Leland

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services approved an application from EmergeOrtho to build a surgical center in Leland.

    The state’s Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section made the decision April 28, selecting the EmergeOrtho Brunswick Surgery Center application over a proposal from Novant Health.

    Brunswick Surgery Center is a newly formed business connected to EmergeOrtho, the company formerly known as OrthoWilmington.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 17

    Larceny of a $700 cell phone from a Paisley Drive residence.

    May 22

    Larceny of two televisions worth $148 from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    May 23

    Larceny of Realtor signs worth $400 from Bailey Street.

    Call for service; someone called in orders to Angelo’s Pizzeria and Bistro and did not pick them up.

  • 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 15

    Financial card fraud; using victim’s debit card to make a purchase of $72.83.

    May 17

    John Christian Blasingame, 41, of Hawthorne Loop was arrested on a misdemeanor assault inflicting serious bodily injury warrant.

    Injury to real property by losing control of a vehicle and causing $500 in property damage to landscaping on Lincoln Road.