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  • Winnabow woman dies after being hit by car

    A woman is dead after being hit by a car Thursday, Aug. 10, in Winnabow.

    Sarah Fowler, 33, of Winnabow was in the westbound lane of Old Mill Creek Road just before 6 a.m. Thursday when she was struck by a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by Charles Rayl, 25, of Winnabow, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Adams said.

    She died at the scene.

    Adams said it was not clear why Fowler was in the roadway.

    No charges will be filed in the incident, Adams said.

  • Southport man accused in shootings during two-county chase

    A Southport man is accused of shooting at two people during a chase that began in Leland and ended in Wilmington on Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

    Terrell Jamal Pompey, 28, of Stuart Avenue is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of firearm by a felon out in New Hanover County, according to a Wilmington Police Department news release.

  • Compass Pointe named magazine’s best neighborhood

    Another Brunswick County development has won over Where to Retire magazine, which will feature Compass Pointe in the latest edition.

    “We name one neighborhood per issue our ‘Best Neighborhood,’” Where to Retire editor Annette Fuller said.

    A three-page story on the planned 2,000-home development off N.C. 74/76 outside of Leland will run in the September/October issue, which went on sale Aug. 8.

  • Golf cart regulations won’t run through OIB officials

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials received a request to look at registering golf carts through the town and planned to discuss it at the Aug. 8 town meeting, but backed off the proposal.

    “There are two separate laws that govern golf carts,” Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said during Thursday morning’s meeting.

    A “golf cart is a vehicle that that can travel at 20 mph or less and is not required to have safety equipment under North Carolina law.

  • Willis receives Pelican Award from North Carolina Coastal Federation

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation recognized Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis with a Pelican Award in Morehead City on Saturday, Aug. 5.

    Mark Hibbs, editor of Coastal Review Online, nominated Willis for the award based on the mayor’s contributions to an in-depth report Hibbs wrote on Navassa and the decades of issues the predominantly black population has faced because of industrial pollution caused by a defunct fertilizer production and creosote plant.

  • NCDOT updates county road projects schedule

    North Carolina Department of Transportation District 3 engineer Alan Pytcher updated the status of Brunswick County’s ongoing road improvements at the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Coordinating Committee’s Aug. 2 meeting.

    Wilmington Bypass

    The Wilmington Bypass four-lane divided highway from U.S. 17 near Town Creek to U.S. 74/76 near Malmo was completed and opened to traffic in late 2014.

  • Fallen Vietnam service members’ memorial on display at courthouse

    BOLIVIA — A memorial to North Carolina service members who died Vietnam on display in front of the Brunswick County Courthouse draws attention no matter the weather.

    On Friday morning, Aug. 4, despite a slow drizzle, a steady stream of visitors to the courthouse stopped to look over the names on the wall.

    Cindy Benton of Holden Beach recognized one, David Baker.

    “We hung out as kids,” Benton said.

  • Wilmington man charged in Sunset Beach drug death

    A Wilmington man has been charged in the death of a man who died of a drug overdose last year in Sunset Beach.

    Hunter McRae Morgan, 36, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 8, on charges of involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and selling or delivering a counterfeit substance.

  • School board OKs balanced budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a balanced 2017-2018 school year budget during its Tuesday afternoon work session.
    Board members Charlie Miller and John Thompson were absent from the meeting.

  • Lifelong gardener cultivates tower of butterbeans

    SUPPLY — Levi Grissett still doesn’t care much to eat his vegetables, but he sure loves to grow them.

    The Brunswick County native’s latest summer crop consists of a tall row of heirloom butterbeans towering over his backyard garden at his home on Empire Road, he estimates between 18 to 20 feet high.

    “The fantastic thing about those beans is they’ve been in my deep freeze for 10 years — I’ve had ‘em since ‘07,” the retired trucker said as he stood on his own expansive family heirloom property.