Today's News

  • Leland seamstress stitches way to first show

    Mary Cox’s colorful handmade bags decorated her first-ever booth at her first-ever crafts show.

    The Leland resident is owner and creator for Monkey Sews Monkey Does, her homegrown business featuring her handmade, no-two-are-the same bags and crocheted items.

    She was one of about 60 exhibitors at last month’s Made in NC arts and crafts fair at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

    “I’ve always sewn,” Cox said. “My mother and grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child.”

  • Residents trash garbage collection for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — If the remarks of three residents ring true, most people in the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association community do not want to revert from the town recycling center to residential garbage pickup.

    Resident Marlene Stewart, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, April 7, said during public comment she has garnered opinions as a newly elected member of the Carolina Shores POA board.

  • Countdown to April 15: Preparers prep for last-minute filings

    With federal income tax return deadline-day less than a week away, local preparers are gearing up for last-minute business.

    Among them are John Bryant, Randy Wrigley and Jack Lohman, volunteers with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. The program offers free assistance and preparation with income-tax returns, especially for residents 60 and older.

    For the past few months, these three men and others have been part of a rotating roster of volunteers on hand to help at local libraries.

  • Ashley beats West 7-0 in soccer
  • OIB board parks parking changes until May

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach town board will hold a public hearing May 13 to learn how residents feel about easing parking restrictions.

    Planning director Justin Whiteside proposed amending the town ordinances for residential parking on the mainland and commercial parking throughout the town.

    Single, two-family and multi-family homes on the island would still require a minimum of two parking spaces per dwelling or one space per bedroom.

  • Brunswick County growth numbers best since 2006

    The U.S. Census Bureau released figures in March that identified Brunswick County as the fastest-growing county in North Carolina.

    The Census Bureau determines population numbers through the census, which is completed every 10 years and last performed in 2010. The Census Bureau estimates population figures annually in the interim years.

    Brunswick County’s population grew from 112,197 in 2012 to 115,301 in 2013.

  • Smart Start trailer stolen in Shallotte

    Police are looking for the person who stole Smart Start of Brunswick County’s event trailer last week.

    Linda Gironda, executive director of Smart Start of Brunswick County, said the trailer was stolen late last Thursday night or early Friday morning. It had been parked at the Smart Start facility on 5140 Sellers St. in Shallotte.

    It was scheduled for use on Saturday, April 5, at Kids Art Day in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

  • Late nights started with ‘Letterman’

    When I was a kid, the family used to do things as a family, meaning if my older sisters had some activity to go to, the parents volunteered and I got stuck going along, too.

    We didn’t bother with babysitters when I was too young to take care of myself. When I was old enough to be left on my own, it meant I was old enough to help out with whatever event we were going to — setting up, breaking down, carrying things to and from the station wagon.

  • 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 29

    Assault and larceny, someone punched an employee in the face while taking items from Walmart.

    Larceny of $520 from victim on Holden Beach Road.

    Larceny of ribs from a grocery store on Main Street.

    March 31

    Assault by pointing a gun at victim on Milliken Street.

    April 1

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    March 24

    Financial identity theft, the victim reported while vacationing in Florida an unknown person obtained credit card information and made many purchases without consent.

    Breaking and entering and larceny from motor vehicle. Someone stole tools from an unsecured toolbox on a vehicle parked on Towne Lake Drive.

    March 25