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  • Pathologist testifies in third day of drive-by shooting murder trial

    BOLIVIA— It likely took James Murdock less than five minutes to bleed to death on May 8, 2008, when he was shot and killed while sitting in the front seat of a friend’s minivan.

    On Friday, the third day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew Baber, accused of killing Murdock by shooting him with an AK-47, pathologist William Kelly testified as to the cause of Murdock’s death.

  • Severe storms possible this afternoon

    Severe storms are expected across the area this afternoon.

    According to The Weather Channel, a cold front will move through the region Friday. As it mixes with warm, humid air here, storms will likely result. The main threat will be damaging wind. There is a chance for isolated tornadoes.

    A tornado watch has been issued for Brunswick County. It will be in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

    Check back later for follow ups as they are available.

  • Witness testimony continues in second day of drive-by murder trial

    BOLIVIA—Twenty-seven-year-old Elliot Simmons took the stand Thursday in the state’s case against Matthew Lee Baber, charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of a Calabash man.

    Simmons, along with Baber, was initially charged with felony murder for his role in the May 8, 2008, death of James Murdock, 28, who was gunned down while sitting in the front seat of a friend’s van.

  • Nuclear reactor manually shut down at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    SOUTHPORT—Reactor 1 at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant was manually shut-down Thursday afternoon.

    According to Ryan Mosier, corporate communications for Progress Energy, the plant experienced an electrical fault on a “component not associated with the nuclear operations” at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • 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.