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Today's News

  • Leland to acquire Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department

    LELAND — Leland officials intend to acquire the Leland Volunteer/Fire Rescue Department by July 1.

    The town has contracted with the LVFRD, a nonprofit that provides fire protection, rescue services and emergency medical care, since April 20, 2000.

  • County questions dredging Lockwood Folly Inlet

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners said Tuesday they’re tired of repeated issues and costs dealing with shoaling at the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “We’re looking at $450,000 per year to keep this inlet open,” commissioner Mike Forte said at the April 25 afternoon agenda meeting following a presentation about dredging costs by Jim Medlock, shallow draft navigation program project manager for the Wilmington district of the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Forte said he understands there are problems at Shallotte Inlet as well.

  • Sewer remedies could cost millions in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — It could cost the town anywhere from $330,000 to $6.1 million to remedy vulnerabilities in the town sewer system.

    That was the assessment of two engineers hired to do a sewer study for the town.

    Michael Norton of Compass Pointe Engineering and Doug Chapman of McGill Associates presented their findings during an hour-long presentation at the town board of commissioners meeting April 18.

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach budget, regular meetings set

    Sunset Beach Town Council has rescheduled budget work sessions to the following dates. Each session starts at 9 a.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    First budget work session, Wednesday, April 26; second session Saturday, April 29; third session (if needed), Thursday, May 4.

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its regular meeting Monday, May 1, starting with a closed session at 6 p.m. and pre-agenda meeting at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

  • Task force tackles opioid epidemic

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    ST. JAMES — Brunswick County Opioid Task Force host and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ mission is to get back to a Brunswick County where residents do not see the words “opioid epidemic” in the same sentence ever again.

  • Senate bill threatens Brunswick County sales tax with redistribution

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County and municipal officials are keeping an eye on a Senate bill proposed for a second year that threatens to cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues.

    Senate Bill 126 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • 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.