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  • Vehicle vs. logging truck stalls traffic on U.S. 17

    A vehicle and a logging truck have collided on U.S. 17 near N.C. 211. All northbound traffic is being rerouted. One southbound lane is open. The wreck occurred on U.S. 17 near Lewis Salvage. Crews are on scene for clean up.

    Check back later for details as we have them.

  • First day of drive-by shooting murder trial under way in Bolivia

    BOLIVIA—Bones. Jimmy. Dread.

    James Murdock went by many names during his 28-year life.

    On Wednesday morning, the first-degree murder trial began in the state’s case against Matthew Lee Baber—charged with killing Murdock in a May 2008 drive-by shooting.

    After brief opening arguments Wednesday morning in Brunswick County Superior Court, assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger began the state’s case with the testimony of Tina Watts.

  • Closed after 36 years in Shallotte: 1976—2012

    SHALLOTTE—The doors closed and locked for the last time to customers at 1 p.m. Monday.

    By 5 p.m. the sign on Main Street was gone.

    After 36 years, Hardee’s is no longer a fast food restaurant open in Shallotte.

    There were tears as friends said goodbye to one another, customers hugged employees and final notes of music were played. For many local residents who gathered daily at the fast food chain, it was a day of reminiscing and sadness.

  • Calabash commissioner complains meeting was too coordinated

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Jody Nance says the last town meeting was too organized for his taste.

    At the town board of commissioners’ last monthly meeting Feb. 14, Nance says the meeting went along too smoothly, with little discussion or input until he intervened.

    He said each commissioner, other than himself, took turns bringing forth new business, with little discussion prior to the board taking action.

  • Port draft study near completion, more feedback wanted

    What are your thoughts on a megaport in Brunswick County?

    That’s what North Carolina Maritime Strategy officials want to know as it completes its port analysis.

    Two of the locations identified as potential sites for a deepwater container port are in Brunswick County. A third is just across the river in Wilmington.

  • Mihal to leave Brunswick Novant Medical Center for expanded role in Novant Health

    During her tenure with Novant Health, Denise Mihal didn’t just open one hospital, she opened two.

    Under Mihal’s direction, Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia became a reality.

    Before opening the new 78-bed hospital last summer, Mihal opened another Novant Health facility, Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville in 2004.

    Mihal came to Brunswick County when Novant Health took over the operations in 2006.

  • Commissioners tap courthouse security as goal for upcoming fiscal year

    BOLIVIA—As elected clerk of court, Jim MacCallum oversees the Brunswick County Courthouse, including its security.

    During the second day of Brunswick County commissioners’ two-day budget and goals workshop, MacCallum said courthouse security was a major concern.

    “One duty of the clerk of court is the clerk of court is the overseer of the courthouse. Occasionally I say the general manager, and that includes the building itself,” MacCallum said.

  • Brunswick County to get new firing range

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has been running a tight ship.

    In addition to saving more than $137,000 in taxpayer money by using volunteers for clerical and other duties at the sheriff’s office in Bolivia and two substations, a federal inmate-housing program has brought in more than $500,000.

    “Our volunteers have been able to supplement things,” Ingram told county commissioners at their two-day budget and goals retreat in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners consider capital improvement projects

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners will decide on several potential capital improvement projects and how to finance them for the upcoming fiscal year in the coming months.

    During county commissioners’ two-day budget and goals retreat last Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16, Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy presented commissioners with a list of possible projects.

  • Commissioners OK changes to employee, spouse healthcare benefits

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to tweak the county’s healthcare coverage for county employees and their spouses to keep healthcare costs in line.

    During their two-day budget retreat last Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16, county human resources director Debbie Barnes presented commissioners with options to curb rising healthcare costs.

    Since the county went to a self-insured model last year, Barnes said commissioners could enact policies or changes to stabilize rising healthcare costs.