Local News

  • Sign ordinance a sticking point for Leland’s future plans

    LELAND—A tug-of-war about business signs is brewing in Leland.

    The issue took over the town council’s budget workshop Friday.

    While Robert Waring, Leland’s planning director, presented plans for the 2013-14 fiscal year, town council members had more immediate issues on their minds.

    “Do you have a miraculous sign fix?” Mayor Brenda Bozeman asked.

    At the Jan. 17 town meeting, the planning staff proposed a five-year plan to bring non-conforming business signs along Village Road back under town ordinances.

  • Graduates complete treatment court

    BOLIVIA— Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis gave 10 new graduates of the latest treatment courts some advice on their last day in the programs.

    “Stay out of my court,” Lewis said.

    She was joking, but only in the way someone with the power to put a person in jail can.

    Lewis created the treatment court in 2009 to find a way to treat alcoholics and drug addicts who repeatedly appeared in her courtroom.

    On Thursday, she could joke with former defendants who made her proud because they completed the program  

  • County’s unemployment rate more than 11 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased a full percentage point from November to December, hitting 11.3 percent.

    It rose for the second straight month after dropping in October to a three-year low of 9.5 percent.

    November’s unemployment number was 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,634 of the county’s 49,826-member work force are unemployed.

  • Small Business Advisory seats are already filled

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners created a small business advisory commission the way Henry Ford created the assembly line—to streamline business fast.

    The county board voted to form the business commission Jan. 22.

    “We’ve already started taking applications. At the next meeting we can start making appointments,” chairman Phil Norris said after the January vote.

    Commissioner Frank Williams had said he wanted to make appointments by
    Feb. 4, if possible.

  • Sen. Rabon wants cuts to regulations, taxes to make state better for business

    There are five big items N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon wants to tackle in the General Assembly.

    Those five, he said, will help the economy: education, infrastructure/transportation, energy, regulatory reform and tax reform.

    “They are the spokes of the wheel the economy turns on. Everything we do will focus on those five issues,” Rabon said. “We will go ’round and ’round on this.”

    A new legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly began in Raleigh on Jan. 30.

  • Roger Bacon group wants a second charter school in Brunswick County

    Leland’s Charter Day School could have a sister school in Brunswick County by 2014.

    Roger Bacon Academy, the management company for the Charter Day School in Leland and the Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, took the first step toward a South Brunswick Charter School at the end of 2012.

    School administrators submitted a letter of intent with the Office of Charter Schools at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on Dec. 31, 2012.

  • A day of spiritual renewal for women is coming soon

    A day of fellowship and spiritual renewal is just around the corner.

    For the fourth year in a row, Seaside United Methodist Church is hosting Women’s Day by the Sea.

    The event is traditionally on the last Saturday of February.

    The idea to host a women’s event arose after several church members attended woman’s day events in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The goal is to have more than 300 women attend. The day offers a chance for praise, fellowship and worship.

  • Swinging walls mean a new home for local woman

    In just an hour a house took shape in Bolivia last week.

    On Friday, Feb. 1, the four walls of what will be a workforce-affordable home were installed while a celebration took place. It’s the result of a partnership between Brunswick Housing Opportunities and 22nd Century Builders.

    Construction began at 9:30 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m. framing was complete. Then the Swinging the Walls celebration began.

  • Three fires destroy three homes during the weekend

    A two-story home that had withstood the elements for more than 250 years has been claimed by one of three fires that destroyed three homes during the weekend.

    All three unrelated fires are still under investigation.

    The first fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, near the intersection of Oxpen and Boones Neck Road in Supply. Investigators are calling it “suspicious.”

    According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, a passerby called 911 and reported a possible barn fire.

  • Man killed when moped hits tractor-trailer

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information about a wreck that killed a man Monday.

    Around 10:15 p.m., Feb. 4, a moped driver was killed while traveling on U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County.

    According to Sgt. E.C. Harris, Mark Mooring, 38, of Wilmington, was traveling west from Wilmington when the wreck occurred. He was about a mile from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge when he lost control of his moped.