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Today's News

  • UNCW anthropologist plans summer dig at Brunswick Park at Belville

    BELVILLE — University of North Carolina at Wilmington researchers from will return to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this summer to continue looking into Brunswick County’s history.

    Dr. Eleanora Reber of the UNCW Department of Anthropology, along with Dr. Scott Nooner and Dr. Eman Ghoneim of the UNCW Department of Geography and Geology, brought a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to Brunswick Park at Belville in May 2015 to look for the remnants of structures that once stood there.

  • Leland approves on-street, cluster parking spaces

    LELAND — Two years of subdivision parking review and three rounds of public hearings led to a decision by Leland Town Council to require an additional parking space for each lot in new developments.

    The council held public hearings last fall, but held off voting until new members were seated after the November municipal election. Leland residents voted in two new members, Michael Callahan and Bob Campbell, who joined council members Bob Corriston, Pat Batleman and Mayor Brenda Bozeman on the town council.

  • County commissioners: More study needed to fix Carolina Shores flooding

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners see more study of the Caw Caw drainage district as the only viable action to address the October 2015 storm flooding impact on Carolina Shores.

    The board met in a special session Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hear from Eric Williams, a consultant with HDR Engineering of the Carolinas, who presented a summary of options that might improve general drainage issues in the Caw Caw drainage district.

  • BCC opens business and industry incubator at the Leland campus

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College officials opened the doors on the county business and industry incubator at the Leland BCC campus Tuesday, Jan. 26.

    Velva Jenkins, BCC Vice President of continuing education, economic and workforce development, said is the new theme for the incubator is “All business dreams are ready to be reviewed!” as it begins accepting applications from potential entrepreneurs.

  • Carolina Shores retreat Jan. 28, community, volunteer programs under way

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have an annual board retreat at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in town hall council chambers at 200 Persimmon Road. The session is open to the public.

    Volunteer, community programs

    The town is also launching a volunteer kickoff and second speaker’s series called “Community Building Blocks: Engaging Residents to Enhance Communications and Problem Solving.”

  • Brunswick County Streetreach aids homeless in winter rain and cold

    While area communities braved last weekend’s cold with little incident, Brunswick County Streetreach was reaching out to the homeless.

    When winter rain and cold descended last week, a team of volunteers with the sheltering ministry fanned out to aid people living outside.

    “Clutching flashlights and shivering, volunteers canvassed locations across the county where the homeless are known to sleep,” reads a Streetreach press release issued Monday, Jan. 25.

    The team spent two days distributing food, gloves, coats and thermal blankets.

  • Guard against cold-weather crooks

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    Falling temperatures remind us of the changing seasons, but we also need to be aware of seasonal scams.

    Winter conditions often bring an increase in reports of a particular scam that capitalizes on our fear of being cold. And after winter storms, unscrupulous businesses often prey on consumers seeking repair and clean-up services.

    In the utility cut-off scam, someone claiming to be with your utility company says your bill is past due and must be paid immediately or your power or gas will be shut off.

  • Supply man accused of setting horse stable fire

     A Supply man is accused of setting fire to a horse stable Sunday, Jan. 24.

    The stable was vacant during the fire and no horses were injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax added.

    Detectives arrested 18-year-old Hunter Anthony Howell and charged him with felony burning other buildings and first-degree trespassing, Flax said.

    Howell is accused of setting fire to a building that is used as a horse stable in the 2300 block of Boones Neck Road, warrants show.

  • Shallotte woman accused of stealing a firearm

     A 19-year-old Shallotte woman accused of stealing a gun faces a felony charge after her Monday, Jan. 25, arrest.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Summer Elisa Lysak, of Sasspan Drive, and charged her with larceny of a firearm.

    Lysak is accused of stealing a Colt .380 semi-automatic handgun from a residence on Rock Crab Way in Shallotte on Dec. 17, 2015, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Monday.

    Lysak is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail. 

  • Public officials, like the press, must answer for their work

    Since I’ve returned to the Tar Heel State after nearly two decades in the Palmetto State, I’ve groused about how public records laws are much more transparent in South Carolina. I was particularly spoiled because after working with many law enforcement, public safety and court officials there for so long, many of them trusted me personally as much as professionally even though the stories I wrote often made their jobs potentially more difficult. They understood they had to answer for their work just as I had to answer for mine.