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Today's News

  • 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.

  • School bus driver dismissed for driving on closed road

    A Brunswick County Schools bus driver is facing disciplinary action after a recording showed her driving through standing water on a closed road Tuesday morning while students were on the bus.

    School district Jessica Swencki said Tuesday the Board of Education approved a recommendation to dismiss Marsha Bellamy McMillian, 49, after school officials received video footage that showed South Brunswick High School Bus 372 driving around road closure barricades on N.C. 133 at Funston Road in Winnabow. It’s not clear how many students were on the bus when it happened.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sheriff’s office: No charges in weekend shooting

    The person who shot a Leland man early Saturday morning will not be charged in the case, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Brunswick County EMS personnel took 27-year-old Seth Leonard, of Black Bear Hollow, to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where he was listed in stable condition later that day, Flax said.

  • Leland man dies after Monday boating accident

    A Leland man died after a boat he was operating in Rices Creek on Monday hit a tree, causing him to be partially ejected.

    Martin Scott McDonald, 58, died as a result of the accident in the Winnabow area, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard said.

    The emergency call came into dispatchers at 4:43 p.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Active duty service member dies during Oak Island Lighthouse Run

    A 25-year-old man died Saturday during the Oak Island Lighthouse Run on Saturday, according to the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, which held the race.

    His name has not been released, but he was a member of the military on active duty from out of state, Town Manager David Kelly said.

    Oak Island Police Capt. Tony Burke said the man died while participating in the Oak Island Lighthouse Run’s half-marathon event, which began at 8 a.m.

    Burke said the man’s body has been sent for autopsy and his family has been notified.