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Today's News

  • Belville town board mourns loss of Schardien during goodbye to Breault

    BELVILLE—Belville officials expected to lose one commissioner at the July 16 meeting after Joe Breault announced his resignation from the town board due to health issues in June.

    But the town board also said goodbye to Commissioner Donna Schardien, who died July 13 after a three-year battle with cancer.

    At the May 14 town board meeting Mayor Mike Allen announced Schardien was absent and would take a 90-day leave of absence from the town board to recover from a car accident.

  • Leland police seek information on woman’s 1995 disappearance

    Leland police are looking for information on the disappearance of Tammy Kay Ferguson 23 years ago.

    Ferguson was 37, lived in the old Leland Mobile Home Park at 114 Old Fayetteville Road and worked as a housekeeper at the old Town and Country Motel in Belville when she vanished in July 1995.

    She had followed her husband Benny from Alabama to Leland for his job as a construction worker, although a Leland police news release does not say when.

  • OIB board approves ordinance on beach digging

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials aren’t digging the number of holes left on Ocean Isle Beach this summer and put an ordinance in place July 10 to prohibit excessive excavations.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said the ordinance proposed Tuesday addresses a larger problem than kids digging small holes while playing on the beach.

  • Carolina Shores approves change to allow potbellied pigs as pets

    CAROLINA SHORES — The heat is off Pork Chop the potbellied pig as Carolina Shores officials took the first step to become pet-pig friendly at the town workshop Monday morning.

    Board members voted 4-1 at the July 9 meeting to amend the October 2014 animal regulation ordinance No. 14-8, section 81.06 that said, “It shall be unlawful for any person to raise, keep or maintain any swine within the town.”

  • Supply man gets two life sentences for raping child

    BOLIVIA — A Supply man will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting to impregnating a 9-year-old girl in his care in 2016.

  • New judge hears H2GO asset transfer lawsuit

    Representatives of Leland, Belville and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO began pleading their case, again, for the ownership of H2GO’s assets in front of a new judge at a July 6 hearing.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry was appointed by the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin to oversee the case, taking over from Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock

  • South Carolina motorcyclist arrested after chase and crash in Supply

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Myrtle Beach, S.C., motorcyclist after he led them on a chase in Supply.

    Tristan Blunier, 22, of Hickory Oak Court was arrested July 7 and charged with felony fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to heed a light or siren, resisting a public officer and reckless driving to endanger.

  • Split vote halts mayoral appointment in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The town is still without a mayor after town council voted a split 2-2 on the appointment of sole candidate Greg Weiss to fill the seat at their monthly meeting Monday night, July 2.

    Town councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern cast votes opposing Weiss’ appointment to Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and town councilwoman Jan Harris’ affirmative votes, leaving a split vote in the absence of town councilman Richard Cerrato, who had a death in his family.

  • Sheriff’s deputies arrest three men in separate county sex crime cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men charged with felony sex crimes in separate cases.

    Earn Vern Williams, 57, of Randolphville Road NE in Bolivia is charged with indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child by adult.

    Warrants show the crimes involving an 11-year-old happened July 6 and 7.

    Williams was arrested July 8 and remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Committee completes second Leland business study

    LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee finished a second round of town business surveys, which economic development director Gary Vidmar reviewed for commissioners at their June 21 meeting.

    The first economic development Leland business study was completed in 2016 after the LEDC sent the business survey to 352 businesses.

    The second survey was sent out to more than 400 businesses, Vidmar said, adding all of the businesses contacted are inside Leland’s commercial limits.