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  • County funding cuts prompt Brunswick Guarantee

    A Brunswick County-funded scholarship program that provides free tuition and no fees for qualified students to attend Brunswick Community College is intended to restore funding and recruit more of the county’s high school graduates to the college.

    The three-year funding agreement county commissioners approved March 6 provides the BCC Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses through the program, called Brunswick Guarantee.

  • Supply senior center opens at 101 Stone Chimney Place

    SUPPLY — A month to the day after opening a new senior center in Leland, county officials reconvened at 101 Stone Chimney Place to christen another.

  • Attack on derelict boats under way with new ordinance

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved an ordinance Monday night giving the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office authority to deal with abandoned and derelict boats.

    A half-submerged shrimp boat below the Holden Beach Bridge may be the face of the abandoned boats in the county, but commissioner Pat Sykes said she pushed for the ordinance because of complaints of sailboats clogging an inlet off Fish Factory Road in Southport.

  • Ash man involved in ICE case dies of self-inflicted gunshot

    An Ash man who shot himself during a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations search of his home died Friday, March 17.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head March 7.

  • Jinks Creek targeted in Sunset Beach pre-dredging analysis

    SUNSET BEACH — As future dredging continues to be scrutinized, Jinks Creek has the greatest amount of sand for “beneficial reuse,” a hired consultant outlined at town council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday morning, March 21.

    Robert Neal, a coastal engineer with Moffatt & Nichol advisory firm, said the main portion of the project would involve Jinks Creek south of the Intracoastal Waterway and would include Mary’s and Turtle creeks on the north side of the waterway.

  • Calabash remits more than $11K for summer concerts

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved issuing $11,219.50 back to this year’s organizers of the summertime Calabash Concert Series.

    The remittance to the Calabash Merchants Association OKed at the monthly board meeting March 14 is the amount returned to the town after last year’s concert series, including an $8,500 contribution from the town plus proceeds from a 50/50 raffle and concessions.

  • Leland man dies in Jeep crash near Winnabow

    A Leland man died after the Jeep he and two passengers were riding in overturned in a single-vehicle crash near Winnabow on Monday night, March 20, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.M. Blackwell said.

    Travis Norton, 26, was driving at a high rate of speed while driving south on Funston Road, Blackwell said.

    Norton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Jeep after he lost control of it and it flipped, caught on fire and landed in the road.

  • Man pleads guilty to trafficking meth in Brunswick County

    A British citizen will spend at least four years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Gregory Bell sentenced 48-year-old Tristan James Campbell Mardall on Monday, March 20, to serve 50 to 72 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Cape Fear Social Issues Forum set for March 24

    The Cape Fear Social Issues Forum, p​resented by Stand Against Trafficking USA, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Reported flu deaths climb to 110 statewide

    Twenty flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 11, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    While flu activity has started to decrease in the state, the virus continues to be widespread.

    The number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 110.

    “North Carolinians should continue to take precautions and not let down their guard,” state epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore said in a news release.