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Today's News

  • Accused child murderer’s lawyer moves to dismiss jury pool

    BOLIVIA — The lawyer for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy filed an oral motion to dismiss an entire jury pool after multiple potential jurors discussed the case outside the Brunswick County Superior Court courtroom with a television reporter Wednesday, March 25.

  • New Hanover beats West in boys’ lacrosse

     SHALLOTTE — New Hanover beat West Brunswick 17-3 in a boys’ conference lacrosse game March 24 at West.

    For West, freshman William Britt scored in the first quarter, junior Austin Mokma scored in the second period and senior Daniel McRainey scored in the third quarter.

    West trailed 6-1 after the first quarter and 9-2 at the half. The score was 12-3 after three quarters.

    The game was the third for West in its first year of lacrosse.

  • New Hanover beats West in girls’ lacrosse

     West Brunswick lost 14-0 to Class 4A New Hanover in a girls’ conference lacrosse game March 24 at West.

    The Trojans, in the third game of the first-year program, trailed 10-0 at the half. With some changes in the lineup in the second half, West got more shots on goal and allowed four goals the rest of the game.

    Sarah Poulin was the goalkeeper in the first half, and she made several saves through the half, including three straight saves before New Hanover scored its final goal of the half. Freshman Tatum Jennings was the goalkeeper in the second half.

  • New Hanover beats West 5-3 in baseball

     Staff Report

    New Hanover scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to beat West Brunswick 5-3 in a conference baseball game Tuesday, March 24, at Legion Stadium.

    In the bottom of the sixth, New Hanover loaded the bases with a single, a walk and a one-out single. A sacrifice fly scored a run, giving New Hanover a 2-0 lead. Two singles and a double drove in three more runs for a 5-0 lead.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate jumps to 8 percent to start 2015

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in January 2015.

    The rate increased from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and was closer to January 2014’s high of 8.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate last hit 8 percent unemployment in December 2013.

    The county hit a two-year low at 6.0 percent in October 2014 but has increased each month since.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Leland officials seek grants for pedestrian projects

    LELAND — Leland officials have agreed to commit to building a multi-use path off Westgate Drive to receive a grant for the project.

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) told the town money was available for the project through the Surface Transportation-Direct Appointment Funds.

    The town submitted a project to create a 10-foot multi-purpose path from Westgate Drive behind Wal-Mart to follow a power line easement through Brunswick Forest to Rice Gate Way.

  • Belville says Leland bill for ABC permit unlawful

    BELVILLE — Belville officials say Leland’s legislative request for an ABC permit is unconstitutional.

    At a March 5 workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • County will hold public hearing for special sewer project in Carolina Shores North

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a preliminary assessment for a Special Assessment District (SAD) to install a sewer collection system to serve the Carolina Shores North subdivision.

    A SAD is created for an area where property owners have requested a public improvement and agreed to pay for that improvement through charges levied against owners within the district.

  • Belville hosting grand opening of Riverwalk classroom pavilion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will host a grand opening of the classroom pavilion on the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park trail off River Road (N.C. 133) at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

    The event will be the first time the public is officially invited to see the first stage of the riverwalk for themselves, although people have wandered the trail to visit the pavilion site ever since the project began construction last October.

  • County commissioners return to bi-monthly meeting schedule

    Brunswick County will return to hosting two county meetings a month beginning in April.

    The county already implemented a meeting time change beginning at the March board session.

    At the March 16 meeting, commissioners called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. to hold closed session discussions at the start of the agenda before returning to open session at 6:30 p.m.