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  • Southport crash ends with 18-wheeler in canal

    At least one lane of N.C. 87 (River Road) in Southport near the entrance to the Duke Energy Brunswick Nuclear Plant remained closed for at least 12 hours Thursday, Jan. 19, after an 18-wheel freightliner crashed into a canal. No one was injured.

    The driver of the truck, which was carrying wood chips, ran off the road and went through a guardrail before striking a concrete culvert and going down an embankment into a canal, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Inman said. Troopers were called about the crash at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.

  • Leland man arrested in shooting

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of trying to shoot another man. No one was injured.

    Dashaun Maurice Smith, 23, of Northwest Hooper Road was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 18, and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

    Warrants show Smith attempted to shoot another man on Grinders Way in Leland. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said reports do not specify the type of handgun used, but only one shot was fired.

  • Southport man to serve more than five years as habitual felon

    A Southport man will serve more than five years in prison as a habitual felon after he admitted to robbing a Southport store in June 2015, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

  • Woman injured in N.C. 133 crash

    A 24-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle collision Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, on N.C. 133 near Southport.

    A passing motorist discovered the crash, which was reported at 5:54 a.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    The woman was driving her gray 2006 Pontiac G6 north on N.C. 133/River Road when she swerved to avoid a deer that had darted into the road, Inman said. She lost control of the car, veered off the right side of the road and hit several trees before rolling over into a ditch on the side of the road.

  • BCC business office receives security updates

    BOLIVIA — Renovations under way to improve security in Brunswick Community College’s business office, located in Building A, are expected to be complete by the beginning of February.

    Spokeswoman London Schmidt said upgrades to the exterior of the business office began Dec. 12.

    The upgrades were prompted by a session Sheila Galloway, BCC vice president of budget and finance, attended April 13, 2016, as part of the Association of Community College Business Officials Conference in Charlotte.

  • Hospice patient checks off bucket list item with helicopter ride

        LELAND — Mike Brewer of Leland began to notice swelling in his leg in late 2013.

    Julie Brewer said she knew it was serious when he came to her and told her something was wrong. Her husband of 22 years rarely went to the doctor or called in sick.

    “We started about a year’s worth of specialist doctors, lots of tests, lots of blood tests, lots of machine tests, lots of poking, lots of prodding,” she said.

  • Leland to host trolley plan public hearing Jan. 30

    LELAND — Leland officials received an update at the Jan. 19 town meeting on a proposed railroad realignment plan to move freight trains out of Wilmington and create a downtown trolley system.

    Laura Padgett, chairwoman of the Wilmington Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Realignment, and Glenn Harbeck, director of planning, development and transportation for the city of Wilmington, pitched the plan to town commissioners.

    The task force proposed realigning the CSX railway that travels through Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach considers tree removal request at Sea Trail

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board is mulling a request by Sea Trail to remove 193 non-heritage trees from its Maples golf course.

    Following lengthy discussion at a Jan. 19 planning board meeting, the board pondered issues and was advised to consider options that will make the request workable.

  • Carolina Shores residents crowd floodplain workshop

    CAROLINA SHORES — A capacity crowd of residents flocked to a town workshop Monday addressing changes in floodplain mapping and how it will affect them, including their insurance rates.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall brought experts, including two with the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP), town engineer Robert Tucker and Dale Holland of Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington, to respond to residents’ questions in break-out sessions at the Jan. 23 workshop.

  • ABC stores finish year strong for Belville budget

    BELVILLE — Belville’s ABC stores hit a new sales record in December with $432,000 sales for the month.

    It wasn’t even the best thing Belville ABC Board chairman John Clark presented to commissioners at the Jan. 23 town meeting.

    That was the check for $36,780 he handed them Monday night.

    Clark said the town’s two ABC stores collected $810,000 gross revenues in the July-September quarter, which came to $42,000 profit after expenses. The town receives 90 percent of the revenues.