Troopers target I-40 during statewide holiday safety campaign

Troopers and wildlife officers will be on the look-out for impaired drivers on the roadways and waterways. Courtesy photo.

Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and local authorities are participating in a statewide safety campaign on heavily traveled interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday. Among those targeted in the Cape Fear region include Interstate 40. Highway patrol and the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be joined by law enforcement agencies across the state […]

Government offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday


Many area government offices and facilities will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday. The following is a rundown of all the offices closed, including a schedule of government services. Wilmington City of Wilmington government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27. City offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. Trash services […]

Brunswick County leaders remain split on timing of school bond

Brunswick County manager Ann Hardy delivers a closer look at the impact the bond could have on taxpayers during a joint meeting of the county commissioners and the school board Tuesday. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Brunswick County officials remain split on a proposed education bond referendum next year to address immediate and future building needs. But for those against the $152 million measure, it’s not the money that’s the problem; it’s the timing. In a continuing discussion on the bond, county commissioners and board of education members met Tuesday night […]

Crime notebook: Two men charged with taking Venus flytraps; arrest in Carolina Beach thefts from vehicles

The famously rare carnivorous plants are native only to this part of the globe. Pictured here is a family of flytraps at the Rehder garden (with the one to the far left enjoying a meal). Photo by Ben Brown.

Brunswick County Two men were arrested after allegedly taking plants from Orton Plantation, including the rare and often poached, Venus Flytrap. Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, were each charged with one count of felony taking Venus Flytraps, one count of second-degree trespassing, and 149 counts of misdemeanor taking of certain wild […]

Brunswick County names new attorney

Robert Shaver, Jr. Courtesy photo.

Brunswick County has a new head legal advisor. Robert Shaver, Jr. was recently named the county government’s counsel, according to spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson. He replaces Huey Marshall, who retired in July, shortly after being cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Marshall, who had worked as Brunswick County’s attorney since 1996, […]

Brunswick Sheriff’s series of community talks on safety, heroin epidemic, begins tonight

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the first of several public meetings on community safety and what officials have called the growing heroin epidemic, tonight in Holden Beach. The meeting will be held at Sabbath Home Baptist Church Family Life Center in Holden Beach at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax. […]

Crime notebook: Three arrested, one wanted in robbery attempt at barber shop

Wilmington Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery attempt at a local barber shop. Four people reportedly tried to rob the business located at 925 S. Third St. just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley. Responding officers ran after two of the […]

NCDOT closing N.C. 133 at Leland interchange this weekend

Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation are closing a portion of N.C. 133 for roadwork this weekend. N.C. 133 will be completely closed between the interchange ramps for U.S. 17/74/76 near the Belville-Leland area, according to a notice from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The road closure will begin at 9 a.m., Friday […]

Wilmington police warn community about return of IRS phone scam

The Wilmington Police Department is warning the community of a phone scam that has returned to the area. The phone scam is a call from someone falsely claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service, who demands the victim to pay a fake tax bill, according to police spokeswoman Linda Rawley. “They con the victim […]

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