Local News

  • Newly elected commissioners take seats in Calabash

    CALABASH — Two new town commissioners along with re-elected incumbent Jody Nance took their oaths of office during ceremonies at the town board’s last monthly meeting of the year last Tuesday, Dec. 12.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight conducted the ceremonies for new commissioners Michael Price and Frank Drury and for commissioner Jody Nance, who was unanimously appointed to continue serving as the town’s mayor pro tem.

  • Professor flushes out GenX details

    SUPPLY — UNCW biology and marine biology professor Larry Cahoon didn’t mince words or chemical knowledge when outlining the hazards of the perfluorinated compound better known as GenX.

    “It’s toxic, it’s corrosive — we know that,” Cahoon said at a meeting of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team on Monday night, outlining byproducts during a slide presentation in a meeting room at Brunswick Electrical Membership Corp.

    “We don’t know anything about them, but we’re drinking them,” he said.

  • LIEAP applications accepted starting Jan. 2

    Brunswick County is accepting applications for LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) at the Building B Annex (back of the Social Service building), Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2.

    The program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • Brunswick County Superior Court judge Lewis battles cancer

    Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Judge Ola M. Lewis is battling cancer.

    A news release issued this week by Lewis’ office in Bolivia stated Lewis has been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Minnesota.

    Lewis stated in the release she has been in Rochester, Minn., since Nov. 13.

  • Brunswick County holiday closings, schedule changes


    Curbside garbage and recycling collections scheduled for Monday, Dec. 25, will be collected Saturday, Dec. 23, the Saturday before Christmas.

    Brunswick County government offices, including all library branches, will be closed Friday, Dec. 22; Saturday, Dec. 23; and Tuesday, Dec. 26.

    The Brunswick County Landfill and convenience sites will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, re-opening on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

    New Year’s Day

  • Woman dies in Ash traffic collision

    A woman who was a passenger in a vehicle died in a traffic collision Friday night in Ash.

    Leslie Artega, 27, died after the Volkswagen, driven by 33-year-old Eferen Hernandez, of Ash, failed to stop at a stop sign at 6:18 p.m. as they were traveling north on Ash Little River Road, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Adams said.

  • Bolivia man dies after dump truck falls from G.V. Barbee Bridge Saturday

    A Bolivia man died after his dump truck plummeted from G.V. Barbee Bridge in Oak Island on Saturday.

    Mitchell Wayne Griffith Jr., 44, was driving south onto the island when he swerved to try to avoid head-on crash between a cargo van and passenger van, crossed the centerline and hit the four-foot concrete guardrail on the other side and went off the bridge, landing upside down in the muddy marsh below, Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said.

  • Leland police seek identity of Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are looking for a woman who stole items from Wal-Mart earlier this month.

    The woman, described as black with a larger build, entered the store on New Pointe Boulevard at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and stole miscellaneous items worth an estimated $418, according to a police department Facebook post.

    She was last seen getting into what police believe to be a silver four-door Ford passenger car.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berry at 332-5003.

  • Leland police ask for public's assistance in locating missing teen

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing 16-year-old girl.

    Savannah Johnson was last seen at her home near Pickett Road at 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and may be in the Jacksonville area, according to a police department news release issued Friday.

    She is described as having light-colored haired and a small build and wears glasses.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Felicia McCabe at 332-5005.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks two in counterfeit money case

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify two people who used counterfeit cash during the West Brunswick High School basketball game Dec. 13.

    A white woman and black man used the fake money to make purchases and request change about 8:45 p.m. at the school, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post and incident report.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Donna Simpson at 880-4952.