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  • Leland senior center opens near town hall

    LELAND — Visitors packed the Leland Senior Center auditorium for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new building Feb. 20.

    Jim Fish, president and CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., said the county now has five senior centers, one in each county district, and each is unique.

    “The Leland Senior Center is the first to be built on an integrated campus where there is access to a park, library as well as public transportation,” Fish said.

  • Tornado touches down near Longwood

    A tornado touched down near Longwood during last Wednesday morning’s surprisingly strong storm, the National Weather Service confirmed Friday. No one was injured or killed.

    The tornado lasted from about 11:53 to 11:58 a.m., said Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS office in Wilmington.

    The tornado reached up to 90 mph but only touched down for about 3.21 miles, with a 60-yard wide path, before dissipating.

  • Sunset Beach denies dredging report

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has denied a motion to accept a dredging report from the town environmental resource committee.

    The 3-2 vote came during the board meeting Tuesday morning, Feb. 21.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato made a motion to accept the ERC report to be used by government agencies participating in an upcoming dredging scoping meeting.

  • Fire fee formula raises uncertainty in Calabash

    CALABASH — Chalk up Calabash as another town concerned about possible fire fee changes in Brunswick County.

    At their monthly meeting Feb. 14, town commissioners discussed the county’s current survey and “peer review analysis” of the county fire protection system, which has sparked concern about whether the county will change the way county fire departments, particularly the Calabash Fire Department, are financed.

  • Teen Court set for Feb. 28

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • SB committee continues to debate dredging

    SUNSET BEACH — Members of the town Environmental Resource Committee continue to debate the pros and cons of dredging on the island.

    At their Feb. 15 meeting, ERC member Jan Harris cited dredging study consultant Moffatt & Nichol’s report and wondered about the legalities of selling sand to Ocean Isle Beach for its east end.

    “That’s not a down-drift beach from us,” she said. “We (the town of Sunset Beach) might need that sand ourselves someday.”

  • Calabash River bridge below safety standards

    CALABASH — The Calabash River bridge on N.C. 179 could span dangerous waters in the event of a severe storm or hurricane.

    That was a conclusion Calabash Mayor Mary Knight brought to the surface at the Calabash board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Feb. 14.

    Knight said a recent meeting area town officials had with the North Carolina Department of Transportation indicates the bridge, built in 1975, doesn’t meet elevation requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Southport-Fort Fisher ferry to run amended schedule Feb. 23-24

    Because of annual maintenance on ferry ramps, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route will run an amended schedule Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24.

    Thursday, Feb. 23:

    From Southport: 5:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, and 4:45 p.m.

    From Fort Fisher: 6:15, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10, and 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, and 4:45 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 24:

  • Woman found dead in Southport pond identified

    A woman who  was found dead in a Southport retention pond Saturday has been identified.

    Southport Police Chief Gary Smith said the body of Karen Matchunis, 54, of Southport was discovered between 10 and 10:15 a.m. in a retention pond by the GoGo gas station near Robert Ruark Drive.

    Smith said no foul play is suspected and no charges have been filed at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday, but Smith said he does not know when the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports will be available.

  • Two WBHS students charged in separate campus safety threats

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two West Brunswick High School students Friday, Feb. 17, in two unrelated safety threats on the campus in Shallotte. 

    No one was injured.

    Kavon Kenith Gause, 16, of Pearl Way in Supply is charged with a felony count of bringing a gun on educational property. Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said deputies booked him in the Brunswick County Detention Facility, but jail records do not show if he remains there.