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Today's News

  • League of Women Voters hosts forum for candidates in contested races

    SHALLOTTE — The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear hosted candidates for the state’s District 7 Congressional seat and District 8 state senate seat Oct. 17 for a public forum at Shallotte Middle School.

    Barbara Burrell, Brunswick County Voters Services chairwoman for the LWVLCF, opened the event by explaining why some candidates were on hand to meet the public before the forum began and why only four candidates were participating.

  • Greene County women give back to Bolivia Elementary School

    On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit the mostly empty Greene County Middle School in Snow Hill, leaving significant damage in its wake. Some classrooms looked as normal as they had before the tornado, Snow Hill resident Jessica Byrd said, while the others were rubble.

    “Greene County is a small county, it’s a rural county, and a lot of times we get overlooked,” she said.

    But in this instance, many people came together to bring relief. It’s something Byrd said she’s never forgotten.

  • Ballot error mars start of one-stop early voting

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections identified 147 voters who received the wrong ballots at the Leland Cultural Arts Center during the first three days of one-stop early voting last week.

    Board of Elections Director Sara Knotts a poll worker taking one-stop voting applications was not putting the right information into the voting machine, causing the voters to receive the wrong ballot.

    “We do not believe it was malicious, just human error,” Knotts said.

  • Former teacher assistant to serve at least 14 years for sex crimes against children

    A former teacher assistant will spend at least 14 years in prison for committing sex crimes against children in 2017.

    District 5B Superior Court Judge Kent Harrell sentenced 32-year-old Andrew Timothy Hodge of Mount Misery Road in Leland to serve a minimum of 177 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, with credit for time served, followed by 50 months of supervised probation.

  • Leland seeks consultant to work on Stoney Creek buyout program

    LELAND — Leland officials agreed at the Oct. 18 town meeting to work as the government entity supporting Stoney Creek Plantation residents seeking home buyouts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation grant program.

    “The opportunity to apply for a buyout requires a local government entity to support the process,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

  • Southport police chief, lieutenant fired amid investigation

    Southport fired its police chief and lieutenant amid an ongoing corruption investigation.

    Chief Gary Smith, 46 of Shipmast Way and his second in command, Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, 48, of St. James Drive were arrested July 26 and each charged with obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor willful failure to discharge duties and misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

  • OIB will borrow $1M to buy land adjacent to town hall

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH —Ocean Isle Beach commissioners chose to pursue a $1 million loan through First Bank to buy land adjacent to town hall.

    Officials are trying to buy an open lot at 5 W. Third St. next to the town hall building at 3 W. Third St. to use for town parking and open space.

    The town wants to buy .68 acre that ends at Clinton Street, which is part of a 9.2-acre lot.

    The property is owned by LW Legacy Assets LLC & DW Legacy Assets LLC.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman drowns in Intracoastal Waterway

    A 25-year-old Ocean Isle Beach woman drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach on Friday, Oct. 19.

    The body of Blaire Whitney Anderson, of Ocean Haven Road, was recovered Saturday, Oct. 20, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The sheriff’s office received a call about 11:30 a.m. about a body in the water near 2067 Inland Drive.

    Inland Drive is on the mainland near the town’s west end, Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith said Saturday.

  • H2GO board limits service area expansion talks between staff and developers

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members approved a resolution, by a 3-2 split vote Oct. 16, to limit expansion outside the current service area.

    The decision will allow expansion discussions with developers if the board majority allows it.

  • Cooper provides hurricane recovery update in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Gov. Roy Cooper provided an update Monday morning on how the state is faring following Hurricane Florence, which caused an estimated $13.1 billion in damage to the state.

    Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long, North Carolina Emergency Management director Mike Sprayberry and FEMA federal coordinating officer Albie Lewis joined Cooper, who spoke at the North Carolina Emergency Management 2018 Fall Conference at Sea Trail Conference Center.