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  • Task force tackles opioid epidemic

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    ST. JAMES — Brunswick County Opioid Task Force host and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ mission is to get back to a Brunswick County where residents do not see the words “opioid epidemic” in the same sentence ever again.

  • Leland officers honored for Dec. 9 actions, heroism

    LELAND — It was an emotional ceremony as two Leland police officers were honored last week for their actions and heroism in a Dec. 9 shooting.

    Officer Jacob Schwenk was shot six times and injured by assailant Brent Matthew Quinn, who was killed when Schwenk returned fire. Fellow officer Charles McGee was also recognized for his actions that night and for saving Schwenk’s life.

  • Sewer remedies could cost millions in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — It could cost the town anywhere from $330,000 to $6.1 million to remedy vulnerabilities in the town sewer system.

    That was the assessment of two engineers hired to do a sewer study for the town.

    Michael Norton of Compass Pointe Engineering and Doug Chapman of McGill Associates presented their findings during an hour-long presentation at the town board of commissioners meeting April 18.

  • County questions dredging Lockwood Folly Inlet

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners said Tuesday they’re tired of repeated issues and costs dealing with shoaling at the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “We’re looking at $450,000 per year to keep this inlet open,” commissioner Mike Forte said at the April 25 afternoon agenda meeting following a presentation about dredging costs by Jim Medlock, shallow draft navigation program project manager for the Wilmington district of the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Forte said he understands there are problems at Shallotte Inlet as well.

  • School bus driver dismissed for driving on closed road

    A Brunswick County Schools bus driver is facing disciplinary action after a recording showed her driving through standing water on a closed road Tuesday morning while students were on the bus.

    School district Jessica Swencki said Tuesday the Board of Education approved a recommendation to dismiss Marsha Bellamy McMillian, 49, after school officials received video footage that showed South Brunswick High School Bus 372 driving around road closure barricades on N.C. 133 at Funston Road in Winnabow. It’s not clear how many students were on the bus when it happened.

  • Leland man dies after Monday boating accident

    A Leland man died after a boat he was operating in Rices Creek on Monday hit a tree, causing him to be partially ejected.

    Martin Scott McDonald, 58, died as a result of the accident in the Winnabow area, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard said.

    The emergency call came into dispatchers at 4:43 p.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Active duty service member dies during Oak Island Lighthouse Run

    A 25-year-old man died Saturday during the Oak Island Lighthouse Run on Saturday, according to the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, which held the race.

    His name has not been released, but he was a member of the military on active duty from out of state, Town Manager David Kelly said.

    Oak Island Police Capt. Tony Burke said the man died while participating in the Oak Island Lighthouse Run’s half-marathon event, which began at 8 a.m.

    Burke said the man’s body has been sent for autopsy and his family has been notified.

  • Sheriff’s office: No charges in weekend shooting

    The person who shot a Leland man early Saturday morning will not be charged in the case, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Brunswick County EMS personnel took 27-year-old Seth Leonard, of Black Bear Hollow, to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where he was listed in stable condition later that day, Flax said.

  • Sunset Beach environmental committee quits

    All five members of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee have turned in their resignations.

    The resignations of ERC members Richard Hilderman, Jan Harris, Neil Gilbert, Sandy Payne and Gary Merritt came at their last meeting Wednesday, April 19, after a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council approved on April 3 a compromise measure to ban the ERC from discussing dredging on the Sunset Beach island.

  • Get in country mode with Classic Nashville Roadshow

    Remember when June fell for Johnny and Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter?

    Let Classic Nashville Roadshow take you on a journey down memory lane with your favorite classic hits honoring the world’s most beloved country greats.

    Starring Jason Petty and Katie Deal, Classic Nashville Roadshow comes to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Doors open at 7 p.m.