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Today's News

  • Sunshine Week brings information out of the darkness

    Most public information is filed away, but all of it should be easy to find and see. Ultimately, the information you want and require should be close at hand — especially because it belongs to you.

  • Commissioners add premiums, cut spouse coverage from county insurance plan

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a $1.5 million insurance plan for employees for 2014-15.

    But it will be the last year spouses can be added to the county plan.

    Spouses already under the insurance plan will be grandfathered in, but those who are not signed up with the program by July 1 will be excluded.

    The new insurance plan also added a yearly premium for employees, their spouses and children.

  • Field trip provides look at past, insight into future
  • A little froggy told me

    I heard the first frog of spring croaking just the other night, and it made me wonder if Brunswick County has its own version of the groundhog.

    I’m not from here so last year was the first time I experienced the chorus of burping that drowned out everything that I was used to hearing on a Brunswick County night.

    I can’t say I’ve adjusted to the sound yet or that I was anticipating it, but this one particular frog had decided it would announce winter was over.

  • G-Man prepares for his twilight years

    My dear spouse, Penny, recently suggested I write my obituary. It followed a detailed discussion about burial versus reducing our remains to ashes. Her 94-year-old father’s wishes are clear, so she thinks we ought to follow suit. Time is growing short, seeing how she is turning a trim 70 and I a geezerly 76.

    Nationally, the average life span is 78.6 years. In Brunswick County, residents 65 and older account for 24.3 percent of the population. My spouse and I are not alone in the need to lay some important groundwork regarding the quality of our futures.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    March 8

    Pamela Brown Hankins, 49, 121 Asheton Road, Wilmington, cited for shoplifting from Walmart.

    Joel William Prentice Jr., 31, 119 NE 77th St., Oak Island, arrested on charges of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and open container.

    Obtaining property by false pretenses by taking items from the shelves and returning them for money.

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    March 4

    Danielle Brook Shannon, 18, 1232 Maple Tree Drive, Leland, cited and released for stolen merchandise from Walmart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Breaking and entering and larceny by someone breaking into a residence on Oak Lane and stealing property.

    March 7

  • State unemployment rate continues to drop

    North Carolina’s unemployment rate has continued to fall in 2014, maintaining a trend from 2013.

    Unemployment in the state reached a low of 6.9 percent in December 2013 and fell another .2 of a percent in the new year to 6.7 percent.

    In January 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.8 percent – 2.1 percent higher than at the start of 2014.

    The number of people employed in North Carolina increased 17,407 from December 2013 to January 2014, reaching a total employment number of 4,356,090.

  • Leland breaks ground on cultural arts building renovation

    Leland officials “broke ground” on the town’s future Cultural Arts Center March 14.

    In 2010, the town bought the unfinished 18,000 square foot building that sits off U.S. 17 on 1212 Magnolia Village Way, behind P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille near the Magnolia Greens development.

    So the building is complete, but the interior is unfinished. The only structural change to the existing building will be a redesigned entrance.

  • Southport man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge

     A Southport man pleaded guilty to human trafficking of a minor in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, March 17.

    Superior Court Judge Claire V. Hill sentenced Shawn Christopher Conley to serve a minimum of 80 months — more than six years — and a maximum of 108 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.