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  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of most of its acute care facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply, until further notice because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus.

    Those 13 and older who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients being treated at Novant Health facilities. However, people who are seeking treatment at hospitals are not subject to the restriction.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks stolen truck

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teal 2002 Ford F350 XLF Power Stroke diesel truck stolen sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 in the 8100 block of River Road, Southport.

    According to a Facebook post, the tailgate of the truck has a unique pinstripe design that can also be found on the dashboard of the truck.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Fuller at 398-5335.

  • Leland police seek TV thief

    Leland police are looking for a man who stole televisions from Wal-Mart.

    The man stole two 55-inch TVs, valued together at $822.87, from the store at 1112 New Pointe Blvd.: one Dec. 31 and another Jan. 11.

    The thief is described as a white man with a small frame, dark hair and facial hair.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.

  • Local service dog honored with award

    BOILING SPRING LAKES— It didn’t take very long for Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Rescue Capt. Nathan McConnell to realize the dog in the images projected onto the screen was his own service dog, Ember, during the sixth annual paws4people Family Reunion.

    Her photos were being shown because she had won an award for her work as a service dog with paws4people, a nonprofit foundation with an office in Wilmington that helps pair those in need with assistance dogs.

    “By the second picture I knew it was her,” he said.

  • Swamp park gator video goes viral

    George Howard, general manager of Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, wants you to know the gators featured in the park’s video that went viral are perfectly fine.

    “These are not dead or dying alligators,” he said Tuesday as the videos and images of the park alligators sticking their snouts above the water and ice continued to make the rounds on social media. “This is very normal for them. They’re perfectly healthy.”

  • Club Profile: Brunswick Town Daughters of the American Revolution

    Officers: Regent Carol Jutte, Vice Regent Pat Gooding, chaplain Kathy Miller, recording/corresponding secretary Lynn Deen, treasurer Annetta Clark,

    registrar Cindy Sellers, historian Phyllis Wilson, librarian Diane Price.

    Meetings: Brunswick Town Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meet at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Highway W., Supply.

    Contact: Email Carol Jutte at ctidewater@hotmail.com or go to ncdar.org/Brunswicktown_files/index.html

  • Snow and ice cause closings across county

    Last week’s snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures prompted postponements and closings across Brunswick County.

    Unofficial data from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington showed the entire county received ice that made road travel treacherous or impossible, with the area between Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes receiving at least two inches of snow and the Leland/Belville/Navassa area receiving as many as five inches of snow.

  • OIB OKs changes for more development

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began 2018 by approving plans for development on and off the island.

    Commissioners approved modifying the existing master land use plan for The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach development behind Lowes Foods on Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179).

    A change in the design of Section I of the development will decrease the previously approved number of lots from 213 to 202.

  • County planning board revises solar farm ordinance criteria

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Planning Board members proposed new regulations for building solar farms Jan. 8 by revising recommendations turned down by county commissioners in November.

    County commissioners sent the planning board proposals back for another review after residents spoke in opposition of solar farm rules changes they saw as too restrictive during a Nov. 20 public hearing.

  • Commissioner denies homeowners insurance rate increase

    The state’s new insurance commissioner followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by denying a request for a homeowners insurance rate increase.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey rejected the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposal for a statewide 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase, according to a Jan. 5 news release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.