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Today's News

  • Willoughbys club and big red food truck stand out in Leland

    The big red food truck parked along Ocean Highway between Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest is something new to the Leland scenery.

    Willoughbys, the recently opened restaurant and bar, is something new as well.

    Owner Tom Miller wanted to build an oasis that brings different types of food and entertainment to the town.

    “My wife said the house is paid off, the kids went to college. Go ahead and do it,” Miller said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach selects new attorney

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith presented a special recognition to the town’s long serving attorney, Elva Jess, at her final town meeting Sept. 9.

    Jess accepted a job with Brunswick County, serving as the Department of Social Services attorney.

    The town’s search for a new attorney did not need to range far and wide as Jess’ former partner, Mike Isenberg of Isenberg and Thompson, Attorneys at Law, was approved by the board members to replace her.

  • Holden Beach approves town funds to expedite Bridgeview park

    HOLDEN BEACH–Holden Beach officials agreed to fund part of a list of amenities at Bridgeview Park after learning they did not receive grant funding for the project.

    Town Manager David Hewett told commissioners at the Sept. 9 meeting the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application for the park under the water tower across Rothschild Street from the town hall was not approved.

    In 2013, officials approved a park to include amenities at a cost between $138,000-$163,600.

  • November election first for new elections director

    Sara Knotts isn’t on any ballot, but she will be all over the November election as Brunswick County’s board of elections director.

    Former Director Greg Bellamy retired July 31, leaving Knotts to take over in early August.

    Knotts was named to the lead role after more than eight years in the elections office. She has worked as deputy director since 2006.

  • General election absentee voting has already begun

    Mid-September isn’t typically thought of as election season, but the polls are open – so to speak.

    Absentee ballots became available Sept. 12, 60 days prior to election day, Nov. 4.

    Brunswick County Director of Elections Sara Knotts said by Monday 112 ballots had already been requested and mailed.

    “Absentee ballots will pick up. It starts sixty days before the election so people are not in election mode,” Knotts said.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for Aug. 1 – 31, 2014.

    Total number of Events: 244

    911 hang up/open line: 7

    No event type specified: 2

    Alarm activation: 10

    Animal complaint: 16

    Arrest: 1

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 10

    Attempt to locate-ATL: 23

    Business check: 51

    Disturbance/fight: 9

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    EMS/Medical call: 18

    Fire call: 2

    Fireworks: 1

    Found property: 4

  • 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.

    September 9

    Heather Nicole Lanier, 27, 602 Willow Drive, Winnabow, arrested for driving while impaired after officers found her and her vehicle wrecked on Grandiflora Drive.

    September 10

    Terry Williams Spicer, 49, 821 Fanning Street, Wilmington, arrested on an order for arrest for failure to appear in court on a driving while impaired charge from Brunswick County.

  • 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.

    September 5

    Christopher Jared Farmer, 28, 370 Gray Bridge Road, arrested for assault on a female.

    Jermaine Wrathel Bland, 22, 1154 Hale Swamp Road, arrested for assault on a female.

    Simple assault by suspect pushing the victim down while trying to take away keys.

    September 7

  • North Brunswick Chamber hosts first NC Rice Festival, Sept. 20-21

    The first North Carolina Rice Festival, a new weekend event to recognize the cash crop that helped establish Brunswick County, is coming Sept. 20-21.

    The festival will be at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

    W.C. Lanier, owner of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, has partnered with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to create the event based on festivals in rice states of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

  • Belville proposes Riverwalk to Battleship connection

    Following the success of planning and funding the first phase of the Brunswick Riverwalk park, Belville officials are thinking regionally by trying to bridge their park to the USS North Carolina Battleship park.

    Commissioner Joe Breault spoke at the Eagles Island Coalition Sept. 3 meeting to propose Belville, the Eagles Island Coalition and the Battleship Park work together on a bike and pedestrian trail that would run along the Belville side of the Brunswick River to an unused road that runs parallel to U.S. 17/74/76.