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  • Ocean Isle Beach Homebrewers Club


    Members get together in Jim Hill’s Sunset Ridge garage to brew beer the first Thursday and the first Saturday of each month September-June.


    Email Jim Hill at jimhill1284@gmail.com

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach Homebrewers Club is a place for people who want a little more out of a beer, so they make it themselves.

    “It’s a bunch of retired men, and one woman, who have either homebrewed (beer) over time or wanted to learn,” organizer Jim Hill said.

  • Leland TDA sets objectives to promote town

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority received a strategic plan Jan. 17 to offer more opportunities to draw visitors to the town this year.

    “There has been a shift in the tourism industry, with travelers now seeking out meaningful experiences, including outdoor activities, agri-tourism and hands-on, local (activities),” said Jackie Harlow, the town’s tourism and marketing coordinator, who presented the plan.

  • Riverwalk park projects expected to start by February

    BELVILLE — Building up the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park was the focus of Belville’s town meeting Jan.22.

    A contingent of representatives from the Coldwell Banker SeaCoast Advantage Leland office including Leland managing broker Chris Royal, Ophard Willis, Daryl Bundy, Sean Skutnik and Ray Repage attended Monday’s meeting to present a check for the construction of the planned arts pavilion in the park.

  • County to test reverse osmosis plant for GenX removal

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 16 to spend $599,600 to hire an engineering firm to study water treatment options at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    Brunswick County public utilities director John Nichols told commissioners in December his department advertised for engineering firms to help determine the level of treatment the plant will need to remove contaminants in the Cape Fear River from the county’s drinking water.

  • Flu outbreak prompts Dosher to limit visits

    Because of the flu outbreak in this area, Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport has placed warning signs at its entrances, lobby and on its website and Facebook page urging families to restrict their visits to the hospital.

    No one younger than 12 may visit.

  • UPDATE: Three men arrested, one sought in Lumberton bank robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted other law enforcement agencies in looking for four Whiteville men who robbed a Lumberton bank Jan. 23. No one was injured.

    Three have been arrested and charged in the crime, while a fourth remains at large.

    Daquan Pridgen, 26, of Memory Twin Circle was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Sunday at the FBI office in Fayetteville and taken to the Columbus County Detention Center.

  • Waccamaw students show off skills at state robotics championships


    ASH — Waccamaw School students showed off their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills — and had a snowball fight or two — during the North Carolina First Lego League State Championship at A & T University in Greensboro on Saturday, Jan. 20.

  • Southport police seek Wal-Mart thieves

    Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two women who stole miscellaneous items from Wal-Mart.

    The department’s Facebook post does not say when the thefts occurred, but said the women were seen in a green Dodge Durango.

    The women are described as white with medium builds and brown hair.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Opioid task force prepares for 2017 data, determines 2018 focus areas

    SUPPLY — Despite the efforts of community groups, those in the medical field, health officials, law enforcement and elected leaders, both at a local level and beyond, the opioid death toll continues to rise.

    This is the first message Brunswick County Opioid Task Force member Don Flattery presented during its first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 16.

  • Northwest police chief mourns officer killed in accidental shooting

    For Northwest Police Chief Copelan Taylor, Michael Lynn Morgan, a part-time officer who died of an accidental gunshot wound Jan. 12, was family.

    “Mike was like a brother, actually, like a son,” Taylor said.  “I love him and I’m going to miss him. I couldn’t ask for a better character officer. Everyone loved him.”