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Today's News

  • Shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road readies for construction

    Preparation for a shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road is under way with plans to open a new grocery store in 2016.

    Developer Wakefield Associates of Raleigh has begun clearing and readying the lot for Alex Lee Inc., parent company of Lowes Foods.

    The 39-acre site, which is near St. James Plantation, will be called 211 Midway Commons.

    The shopping center, which is part of Oak Island’s commercial district, will offer 90,000 square feet of leasable space with a new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods anchoring the development.

  • Leland man faces sex crimes involving child

     A Leland man incarcerated on assault charges now faces felony sex crime charges involving a child.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives charged 30-year-old Alejo Ruiz Mendoza of Mount Misery Road with first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child in alleged sexual assaults that took place between January 2014 and Feb. 25, 2015, warrants show.

  • Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Shallotte pharmacy

     An Oak Island woman is accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on Sunday, March 1.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

    The pharmacist immediately contacted Shallotte police and detectives soon arrived, arrested Smith without incident and charged her with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • Fire destroys oceanfront home in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Fire destroyed an oceanfront beach house and heavily damaged two more Friday night, Feb. 27. No one was injured.

    The house at 1079 Ocean Blvd. W. went up in flames, though nine fire trucks responded and firefighters soon got the blaze under control.

    “They really got a hold of it quick,” said Sgt. Frank Dilworth of the Holden Beach Police Department, who was among the first on the scene.

  • Sex offender arrested at LMS

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy arrested a convicted sex offender at Leland Middle School on Thursday morning, Feb. 26.

    A warrant shows 46-year-old Michael Pernell Wagner of Main Street, Navassa, is charged with felony sex offender on child premises. He was dropping off the child of a friend, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • BLT Stagestruck Players act (and sing) 'Godspell Jr' March 6-15

     IF YOU GO

    What: “Godspell Junior”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6 through 14; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday March 8 through 15

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    How much: $6 for children up to age 12; $12 for students with an ID and $17 for adults.

    Tickets may be purchased online at www.brunswicklittletheatre.com or Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For more information go to www.brunswicklittletheare.com or call 447-BLT6 (2586)

  • Brunswick County Home & Garden Show set for Saturday

     IF YOU GO

    What: 13th Annual Brunswick County Home & Garden Show

    When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7

    Where: West Brunswick High School

    Cost: $5; ages 8 and younger admitted free

    It’s time for the 13th Annual Brunswick County Home & Garden Show.

    The show will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

  • McDuffie, Trojans slam Loris 12-3

    WBHS 12

    Loris 3

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Loris (S.C.) 12-3 in five innings in a non-conference baseball game Thursday, March 5, on Mike Alderson Field.

    Sophomore Tyler McDuffie hit a grand slam in West’s nine-run second inning. He finished with five RBIs. Because of rain, the game ended after five innings.

  • Zoning, subdivision changes on Carolina Shores agenda March 5

    A public hearing on zoning map and subdivision text amendments is on the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ monthly agenda for their March 5 meeting.

    The board will have first reading and introduction of an ordinance to amend the zoning map for property on Calabash Road at the meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The board is scheduled to have first reading and introduction of an ordinance to amend the subdivision process to allow for more board input, with a public hearing also scheduled for the March 5 meeting.

  • Scorpions score five in 7th, beat Trojans 15-14 in softball

    LELAND — North Brunswick scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and beat West Brunswick 15-14 in a non-conference softball game Wednesday, March 4, at North.