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  • Relay for Life on track for Friday, May 5, at WBHS

    Relay for Life of Brunswick County kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5, on and around the track at West Brunswick High School at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130).

    This year’s annual relay will be a six-hour event, concluding at midnight.

    Highlights include an opening ceremony, celebrating everyone who's been affected by cancer, followed by subsequent survivors’ and caregivers’ laps and luminaria and closing ceremonies.

  • NHRMC removes visitor restrictions

    Because of the decrease in the level of influenza in the community, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is removing the visiting restrictions placed on children. This change is effective immediately.

    If you have flu-like symptoms, do not visit the hospital. It is always a good idea to stay home if you are sick and avoid public places if possible. The care teams at NHRMC suggest if you have flu symptoms to consider calling, using FaceTime or Skype, or sending notes or cards to patients.

  • Agents arrest five people in county drug cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people in the past two weeks as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

  • NCDOT names Oak Island as 2017 Watch for Me NC partner

    Oak Island is among eight communities expected to benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina.

  • Senate bill threatens Brunswick County sales tax with redistribution

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County and municipal officials are keeping an eye on a Senate bill proposed for a second year that threatens to cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues.

    Senate Bill 126 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • Sunset Beach environmental committee quits on one-year anniversary

    SUNSET BEACH — All five members of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee tendered their resignations last week after Sunset Beach Town Council took action regulating what they can do.

  • Leland to acquire Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department

    LELAND — Leland officials intend to acquire the Leland Volunteer/Fire Rescue Department by July 1.

    The town has contracted with the LVFRD, a nonprofit that provides fire protection, rescue services and emergency medical care, since April 20, 2000.

  • Digital literacy computer lab launches at Navassa Community Center

    NAVASSA — Local leaders cut the ribbon April 20 on a new computer lab at Navassa Community Center, officially launching a digital literacy initiative to “help people feel at home and successful” in the online world.

    “In today’s digital economy and society, familiarity with a computer is almost essential,” Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said. “We are excited about this program and impact it will have on families and individuals throughout our community.”

  • Task force tackles opioid epidemic

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    ST. JAMES — Brunswick County Opioid Task Force host and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ mission is to get back to a Brunswick County where residents do not see the words “opioid epidemic” in the same sentence ever again.

  • Leland officers honored for Dec. 9 actions, heroism

    LELAND — It was an emotional ceremony as two Leland police officers were honored last week for their actions and heroism in a Dec. 9 shooting.

    Officer Jacob Schwenk was shot six times and injured by assailant Brent Matthew Quinn, who was killed when Schwenk returned fire. Fellow officer Charles McGee was also recognized for his actions that night and for saving Schwenk’s life.