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Today's News

  • Leland Founders’ Day to take place Sept. 9

    Leland’s Founders’ Day celebration will be Sept. 9 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Leland Municipal Complex.

    The event will feature live music with Johnny White & The Elite Band and Justin Cody Fox, fireworks, carnival food trucks, arts and crafts.

    There will be no parking on site, but park and ride shuttles will be available at North Brunswick High School. Bring canned/non-perishable food for food drive benefitting local food bank.

    Email recreation@townofleland.com with any questions/concerns.

  • Purple Feet Festival scheduled for Sept. 9

    Silver Coast Winery, in partnership with Special Kids Sponsor Foundation, which benefits children in foster care, will host the Purple Feet Festival on Sept. 9 as they celebrate the grape.

    Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children younger than 12 and Lucy look-alikes are admitted free.

    Come enjoy live music by the Imitations, along with MC Tony Resse. There will be a variety of arts and craft vendors, with a Lucy Look-A-Like contest at 3:30 p.m., grape stomping all day and food vendors. The winemaker will also give a winery tour.

  • Blevins receives Distinguished Service Award at national agents meeting

    Mark Blevins received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during its annual meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Salt Lake City.

    This award is given to agents with more than 10 years of service in Cooperative Extension and have exhibited excellence in the field of Extension Education. This award is only presented to 2 percent of the County Extension Educators in North Carolina each year.

  • Rain causes sewer system overflows

    Heavy rains last week caused Leland’s sewer system to overflow at three locations on two different days.

    On Aug. 8, Leland had an estimated 7,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged from a sanitary sewer manhole near 1352 Grandiflora Drive.

    North Carolina state law requires Leland, the owner/operator of the wastewater collection or treatment works, to issue a news release when an untreated discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

  • What does the fox say?

    Lynne Borden caught this red fox at rest about 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in her yard at Lockwood Folly in Holden Beach. “This red fox has been visiting our yard regularly, but decided to take a leisurely rest in our birdbath,” she wrote. According to National Geographic, the red fox’s resourcefulness has earned it a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning.

  • Sunset Beach sinkhole attributed to rainfall

    Heavy rainfall last week is blamed for a sinkhole that opened up at 796 Sunset Blvd. in Sunset Beach.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation went on-site last Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 8, closing one lane of the mainland street.

    NCDOT back-filled the hole, Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Clayton man identified in Caswell Beach drowning

    A man who drowned off Caswell Beach on Saturday has been identified.

    Caswell Beach Police Captain Sam Massey identified the victim as 39-year-old Telley Knight of Clayton.

    Massey said Knight was visiting the beach with his family, and went swimming with a cousin just before 4 p.m. Saturday. His cousin, who has not been identified, told Knight he was going ashore, and Massey said that's the last time anyone saw Knight conscious.

  • Winnabow woman dies after being hit by car

    A woman is dead after being hit by a car Thursday, Aug. 10, in Winnabow.

    Sarah Fowler, 33, of Winnabow was in the westbound lane of Old Mill Creek Road just before 6 a.m. Thursday when she was struck by a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by Charles Rayl, 25, of Winnabow, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Adams said.

    She died at the scene.

    Adams said it was not clear why Fowler was in the roadway.

    No charges will be filed in the incident, Adams said.

  • Southport man accused in shootings during two-county chase

    A Southport man is accused of shooting at two people during a chase that began in Leland and ended in Wilmington on Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

    Terrell Jamal Pompey, 28, of Stuart Avenue is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of firearm by a felon out in New Hanover County, according to a Wilmington Police Department news release.

  • Smiths celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Johnnie and Violet Smith of Ash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 16 with a celebration at Cypress Creek Church in Whiteville. The couple, who wed June 16, 1957, in Conway, S.C., have two children and five grandchildren.