Today's News

  • Leland intersection to close for week

    The intersection of Fairview Road and Baldwin Drive in Leland will be closed to all through traffic July 23-27, weather permitting.

    The closure is necessary so Harrington Village contractors can install concrete crosswalks.

    Motorists are asked to be alert when driving in this area.

  • Subdivisions bring stormwater problems to Leland council

    LELAND — Leland officials will take another look at stormwater issues after hearing about recurring runoff problems in seven neighborhoods at a July 11 special meeting.

    Gary Ostby, a resident of the Parkview subdivision in Brunswick Forest, said the neighborhoods use the Mallory Creek waterway to drain retention ponds. But when the ponds are inundated, they overwhelm storm drains and flood neighborhood streets.

  • Fifth arrest made in kidnapping, robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a fifth person in the May 29 kidnapping and robbery of an 18-year-old Supply man.

    Blake Foster Clemmons, 22, of Sonja Court in Supply was arrested July 10 and charged with two counts each of second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    An incident report shows five people robbed the man of an Apple watch worth $150, a switchblade worth $250, three grams of marijuana and a dollar bill on Chickadee Place in Shallotte. The report does not indicate whether he was injured.

  • Man arrested, another sought in Leland break-in

    Leland police arrested one man and are seeking another in a July 9 break-in on Skylar Court.

    Koraun Dominic Thompson, 19, was arrested July 11 at his home on Old Mill Road in Leland and charged with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny from a construction site and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Police obtained warrants for Christopher Quintezz Freeman, 20, of Main Street in Leland who is wanted on two counts each of breaking or entering and obtaining property by false pretense in the case.

  • Supply man wanted in S.C. bank robbery arrested in Brunswick County

    A Supply man wanted in a Little River, S.C., bank robbery was arrested July 11 in Longwood.

    Warrants show 38-year-old Anthony Wade McKeithan of Hewett Road tried to drive away from Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy Keith Bowling, who was responding to a call about a stolen vehicle.

    An Horry County, S.C., police incident report shows McKeithan went into BB&T at 1702 U.S. 17 at 4:53 p.m. July 10 when he was greeted by a bank employee.

  • Carolina Shores residents question FEMA flood maps

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents sprinkled town commissioners with questions before the board approved Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps at the July 12 town meeting.

    Beacon Townes resident Bill Steuernagelasked about ramifications on people who bought in the community.

    “What about the rest of Carolina Shores?” he asked. “Is this a ticking time bomb?”
    Other residents in The Farm at Brunswick had concerns about how the maps will affect them and costs.

  • Leland man accused of threatening to kill three women

    A Leland man is accused threatening the lives of three women after breaking into a residence July 2.

    James Ray Arita, 54, of Hidden Branches Drive is charged with first-degree breaking and entering, attempted first-degree breaking and entering, misdemeanor injury to real property, misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violation and three misdemeanor counts of communicating threats.

  • School board OKs agreements with community groups

    The Brunswick County Board of Education addressed memorandums of agreement during their regular monthly meeting July 10.

    Board members approved the intergovernmental MOA between the district and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation under which parks and recreation provides limited maintenance, materials and equipment for athletic programs to the district in exchange for the right to use district gyms and athletic fields at no cost.

  • BCC chooses Emerald Isle firm to find new president

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees have chosen an Emerald Isle firm to help the college search for a new president after meeting with representatives from two firms July 11.

    Current president Dr. Susanne Adams announced in February she will retire in January. The college’s first female president, Adams joined BCC in 2011 with more than 35 years of education experience, mainly in North Carolina and Virginia community college systems.

  • McShane clan makes OIB summer visits for more than 20 years

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Charlie and Sherry McShane started vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach in 1995 for two reasons: an injury and a magazine.

    Sherry was injured as she and her husband Charlie were vacationing in Bethany Beach, Del., in the early 1990s.

    “I came out of the surf, dislocated my left elbow, and said ‘I’m never going back there again,’” she said.