Today's News

  • Man pleads guilty to sex crimes at church camp

     An Albemarle man received a 58-day active jail sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of indecent liberties with a child in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Judge Jackie Hooks also sentenced 70-year-old Clyde Wesley Way to three years of probation after Way entered his guilty pleas Thursday, Nov. 19.

    Way will serve 29 days in jail, return home for 30 days and then serve the final 29 days of the sentence, Hooks said. Assistant District Attorneys Cathi Radford and Lee Bollinger prosecuted the case.

  • Memorial service pays tribute to victims of violent crimes

     LELAND — The Fifth and 13th Prosecutorial District district attorneys and their staff members hosted the 20th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to remember victims of violent crimes and remind their survivors they’re not alone in their grief.

    Jon David and his twin brother, Ben, district attorneys of the 13th and 5th Prosecutorial Districts, respectively, each spoke during the event Friday night, Nov. 20, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

  • Rouzer provides legislative update, answers questions at breakfast event

     CALABASH — When U.S. Rep. David Rouzer announced the Brunswick County seat of Bolivia would serve as his flagship office at a news conference in January, he said he only made one promise: constituent service will be a top priority.

    During a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at Dockside Seafood House Restaurant in Calabash on Friday, Nov. 20, Rouzer reassured his constituents the promise remains his top priority.

  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday

    By Gregg Thompson

    Guest Columnist

    Every year, Gallup asks people how much confidence they have in various institutions. The results aren’t surprising. Only 8 percent had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Big business scored 21 percent. That’s no better than TV news.

    Small business, on the other hand, came in second with 67 percent of respondents considering it trustworthy. Only the U.S. military scored higher.

  • 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.

    Nov. 13

    Obtain property by false pretense; some reported being the victim of a scam.

    Larceny of merchandise from the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart.

    Nov. 14

    Jacob Lee Sealy was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Two-vehicle traffic crash on Ploof Road and U.S. 17 resulting in property damage.

  • You decide: How can North Carolina use economic trends?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As I travel the state giving presentations about the economy, there’s one common trait I find regardless of where I am: People are anxious about the economy.

    Although there’s been economic improvement since the Great Recession, I sense uneasiness among many people about how long the gains will last. Many believe the economic future is no longer in their hands and it is subject to forces and actions beyond their control.

  • 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.

    Nov. 18

    Communicating threats and damage to personal property; someone threw pictures at the victim at a Paisley Drive apartment.

    Nov. 20

    Melissa Leigh Patton, 20, Ridge Road SW, Supply, was cited on a charge of concealing merchandise while still on the premises of Belk.

  • Belville awaits late November start of riverwalk construction

    The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park pier and boardwalk project construction is expected to begin Nov. 30.

    In September, TJ’s Marine Construction of Pantego was awarded a $385,000 construction contract by Belville’s town board to start work on the first phase of the project, which includes a 120-foot pier, a 125-foot long footbridge and a 693-foot boardwalk.

    Commissioner Joe Breault anticipated the first work to take place would be the contractor installing test pilings in the Brunswick River to see where they hit bedrock.

  • Leland rezones lot on U.S. 17 for proposed apartment complex

    LELAND — Leland Town Council approved rezoning part of the Brunswick Forest planned unit development, which the owner proposes to use for an apartment complex built just off U.S. 17. The move came during their regular meeting Thursday night, Nov. 19.

    Funston Land & Timber, the developer/owner of the property, requested the town rezone a 22.35-acre parcel from the C-2 Regional Business, Commercial Business District and add it to the M-F Multifamily District.

    The area proposed for the development is just west of the Lowes Foods shopping center,

  • Noise ordinance could come back to Holden Beach’s new board

    A new noise ordinance for Holden Beach could be ready in time for the new town board to review in December.

    In January, town commissioners asked the planning and zoning board to look into a situation involving a 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season with up to 150 people in attendance.

    In February, the planning and zoning board reported the vast majority of the complaints are covered by the existing ordinances, including the noise ordinance, and can be enforced by the police.