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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, schools team up to teach about social media

    LELAND— Brunswick County Schools and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed up on Monday night at Leland Middle School to teach concerned parents about social media dangers and safety.

    Leland Middle School Principal Askia Kirby said his school system sees some joys from the use of social media, but sees the headaches as well.

  • Cerrato ousted from Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH — Town councilman Richard Cerrato was ousted from a town council meeting Tuesday morning after repeatedly interrupting while others were speaking and lashing out with accusations.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton gaveled Cerrato several times and called two recesses at the 9 a.m. meeting before asking town police chief Ken Klamar to escort Cerrato from the building.

    “This is a disgrace in democracy,” Cerrato said as he stood up and got ready to exit the meeting room. “It’s all about power and control.”

  • New Jersey woman sentenced to at least 15 years for heroin trafficking

    A New Jersey woman will spend at least 15 years in prison for trafficking heroin last year.

    Brunswick County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Cherelle Renee Hills of Camden, N.J., to serve between 180 and 234 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

  • AirLink critical care craft flies to new home at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

    BOLIVIA — Just two weeks ago a Brunswick County man began to exhibit signs of a stroke.

    Recognizing it, Brunswick County EMS activated Code Stroke at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The man was taken by ambulance to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center where its newly stationed AirLink helicopter was waiting to transport the man to NHRMC on a flight lasting only seven minutes.

    From the time the man first showed signs of stroke to him reaching the interventional table at NHRMC to have the clot pulled out, only 45 minutes had passed.

  • Brunswick County awaits Cape Fear bridge crossing site

    A year-and-a-half after Leland Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman reported the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization was supposed to cut the number of potential routes for a third bridge across the Cape Fear River, northern Brunswick County residents are still waiting to learn where it will cross their path.

    The Cape Fear Crossing project proposes building a 9.5-mile road with another bridge over the Cape Fear River to help improve traffic and freight movement from U.S. 17 and Interstate 140 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 near the Port of Wilmington.

  • Two county projects in NCDOT plan for 2020-29

    LELAND—Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization representatives found out Feb. 6 which of their recommended transportation projects have moved one step closer to full funding by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    The CFRPO includes officials from Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties, NCDOT and the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

  • GSATS supports transportation safety measures

    CAROLINA SHORES — The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study transportation advisory committee approved a resolution Feb. 8 to adopt North Carolina Department of Transportation safety performance measures after a spike in fatalities and injuries from 2016 to 2017.

    “Unfortunately, 2017 was a year when we experienced a large increase in the number of fatalities. In 2016 we had six fatalities. In 2017 we had 15 fatalities,” GSATS Dan Newquist said.

  • Calabash tightens dog walking in town park

    CALABASH — The freedom to walk dogs in Calabash Community Park just got a tighter leash.

    Town commissioners last week approved a motion to install larger signs underscoring fines “up to $500” for people caught with dogs off-leash.

    Commissioner Frank Drury initiated the measure approved at the Feb. 12 meeting after a couple of incidents when his dog was attacked in the park by off-leash dogs.

    He said he’s also appalled by owners who leave dog messes and cover them with straw.

  • Man wanted in connection with Leland, Wilmington robberies arrested

    A Leland man wanted in connection with a Wednesday robbery in Leland and a Thursday robbery in Wilmington has been arrested in New Hanover County.

  • Flu nears February peak

    With flu season nearing a peak, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is restricting access to help curb its spread as cases spike countywide.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, flu activity is rising in the state as it moves closer to a peak for the 2018-2019 season.

    Six flu-related deaths were reported in the state during the week ending Feb. 2, with the total of influenza-related deaths reported this season now at 35. None of those deaths have been reported in Brunswick County.