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  • Master Food program trains volunteers to teach community

    BOLIVIA — The first class of Brunswick County’s Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer Program is learning to bring food and nutrition education to the community.

    The Master Food volunteer program trains volunteers to support food and nutrition programs and promote local food initiatives to expand the reach of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

  • BSRI approved to begin food preparation

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. will begin providing meals in-house in the next three months after receiving the approval from county commissioners at their Sept. 6 meeting.

    Commissioners agreed to BSRI’s request to send a 90-day termination notice to Trinity Corp., the county’s current senior meals provider, by a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday night.

    BSRI president/CEO Jim Fish told the board members BSRI can provide better quality by preparing meals at each full-service senior center in Shallotte, Leland and Southport.

  • A proud pirate remembered; wife, mother remember missing Oak Island diver

    Family members remember Sgt. 1st Class Robert George “Waveman” Ferguson as a pirate who was proud of his accomplishments, including his love of diving, his family and his military career.

    “He always loved diving, always loved the beach, always, when he had the opportunity to come out here and do diving for a living he was really excited,” Ferguson’s wife, Stacey A. Tirpak-Ferguson said.

  • Leland partially opts out of Adopt-A-Cop

    Since July 20, the Adopt-A-Cop Eastern NC initiative has reached thousands of officers in southeastern North Carolina, including officers in Brunswick County, with the exception of one agency.

    Leland Town Manager David Hollis said Friday, Sept. 2, the town and its officers have opted out of receiving gifts and money from Adopt-A-Cop because of North Carolina General Statutes 133-32 and 14-234, which do not allow state employees to receive gifts from anyone with whom they may contract in the future.

  • Shallotte man faces drug, other charges after chase

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man accused of leading them on a chase in Calabash.

  • Leland police seek information on man who used counterfeit cash

    Leland police are seeking information about a man who used a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for items Aug. 14 at the Walgreens at the entrance to Magnolia Greens on U.S. 17.

    The man is described only as white with short or buzzed hair.

    No other details were available from the police department by press time.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ed Hutt at 332-5009.    

  • Tabor City man faces assault charge

    A Tabor City man is accused of beating another man with a boat oar Aug. 31. 

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 54-year-old Marshall W. Gore of Westwood Drive on Sept. 1 and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon.

    Warrants show Gore struck 53-year-old John Wayne Gore in the face with the boat oar until it broke while they were in Ocean Isle Beach.

    An incident report indicates the Gores are related, but doesn’t say how, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Tabor City man faces assault charge


  • BHI officer resigns after weekend arrest

    A Bald Head Island police officer resigned hours after he was arrested Sunday and charged with driving while impaired and possessing a concealed gun after or while consuming alcohol.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped 26-year-old Malcolm Taylor Kennedy, of Guy Court SE in Leland, on U.S. 74/17 just before 2 a.m., warrants show. Kennedy’s police badge and a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver were in his vehicle. No description of his vehicle was provided.

  • Schools celebrate 2015-16 employees of the year

    SOUTHPORT — The Brunswick County Board of Education announced the district’s employees of the year for the 2015-16 school year.

    The announcement came during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6 at South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes.


    Principal of the Year: Helen Otto, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School

    Otto thanked all of those who support her and schools and put children first.