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  • 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.

  • Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood

    During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

    Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.

  • County rabies clinics to be offered April 1

    County rabies clinics

    to be offered April 1

    Brunswick Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services and the Brunswick County Health Department are sponsoring rabies clinics Saturday, April 1. Rabies vaccinations are $6 per pet. State statute 130A-85 requires all dogs and cats age 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies. The penalty is a $100 citation.

    For more information, call BCSAPS at 754-8204.

    Clinic locations

  • NCDOT seeks partners for Watch for Me NC campaign

    The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the Watch for Me NC 2017 campaign. The nationally recognized program focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement. The 2017 campaign is supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in partnership with the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.

  • Williamson receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials kept a secret from commissioner Betty Williamson for the past two months to surprise her Feb. 14 with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

    North Carolina’s governors have awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine since 1963 as one of the state’s highest honors to people who made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their public service.

  • Commissioners OK funds for water line design, school bond

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed to begin working to add a second raw water line for the Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority to provide the county with water.

    Commissioners unanimously approved Feb. 6 an interlocal agreement between Brunswick County, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the LCFWASA agreeing to the benefit of having additional raw water capacity and redundancy for the growth and well-being of Brunswick County and CFPUA customers.

  • Belville breaks ground for new town hall

    BELVILLE — Belville officials turned the first shovels full of dirt Monday on a town hall project they said was five years in the making.

    Mayor Mike Allen and commissioners Joe Breault, Donna Schardien and Noreen Slattery hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 13 on the site of the future town hall at River Road (N.C. 133) and Blackwell Road.

    The groundbreaking keeps a promise to revitalize Belville the current town board made when it was seated five years ago, Breault told the 50 or so people gathered for the event.