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Today's News

  • County commissioners agree to extend school board funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved at their Feb. 20 meeting extending the funding agreement with the Brunswick County Board of Education for the next four fiscal years.

    The funding agreement, begun in 1995, stipulates the school system receives 36.5 percent of ad valorem taxes collected after all general fund debts are paid for the year, which allows the school board and school administration to develop long-range budget plans.

  • Tornado touches down near Longwood

    A tornado touched down near Longwood during last Wednesday morning’s surprisingly strong storm, the National Weather Service confirmed Friday. No one was injured or killed.

    The tornado lasted from about 11:53 to 11:58 a.m., said Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS office in Wilmington.

    The tornado reached up to 90 mph but only touched down for about 3.21 miles, with a 60-yard wide path, before dissipating.

  • Community provides input for county schools assessment

    BOLIVIA — Community members gave their input Feb. 16 to Brunswick County Schools in preparation for the upcoming district visit by AdvancED, a national nonprofit that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States.

    Six representatives from schools in North Carolina, Florida and Kentucky on the AdvanceED team will spend April 2-5 visiting Brunswick County schools and evaluating district executive summaries and self-assessments.

  • Man dies in crash at U.S. 17 and Maco Road

    A collision Monday morning at U.S. 17 and Maco Road killed the passenger in a pickup that ran into a tractor-trailer.

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash, but identified the passenger as 51-year-old Horace L. Gore Jr. of Leland to other media outlets Tuesday.

    Brunswick County Deputy Emergency Services Director/Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the victim died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • Calabash River bridge below safety standards

    CALABASH — The Calabash River bridge on N.C. 179 could span dangerous waters in the event of a severe storm or hurricane.

    That was a conclusion Calabash Mayor Mary Knight brought to the surface at the Calabash board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Feb. 14.

    Knight said a recent meeting area town officials had with the North Carolina Department of Transportation indicates the bridge, built in 1975, doesn’t meet elevation requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Man pleads guilty in 2014 shooting death at his residence

    BOLIVIA — A Supply man will spend at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge James Gregory Bell ordered 39-year-old William Calvin Steward to serve between 144 and 185 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, with credit for time served, after Steward pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 20, to second-degree murder.

  • SB committee continues to debate dredging

    SUNSET BEACH — Members of the town Environmental Resource Committee continue to debate the pros and cons of dredging on the island.

    At their Feb. 15 meeting, ERC member Jan Harris cited dredging study consultant Moffatt & Nichol’s report and wondered about the legalities of selling sand to Ocean Isle Beach for its east end.

    “That’s not a down-drift beach from us,” she said. “We (the town of Sunset Beach) might need that sand ourselves someday.”

  • Woman found dead in Southport pond identified

    A woman who  was found dead in a Southport retention pond Saturday has been identified.

    Southport Police Chief Gary Smith said the body of Karen Matchunis, 54, of Southport was discovered between 10 and 10:15 a.m. in a retention pond by the GoGo gas station near Robert Ruark Drive.

    Smith said no foul play is suspected and no charges have been filed at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday, but Smith said he does not know when the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports will be available.

  • Tri-county investigation ends with drug arrests

    Two men are accused of running a marijuana operation spanning Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 66-year-old Blair Jay Whitham of Aaron Fullwood Drive SE in Bolivia and 53-year-old James Michael Beneway of Loop Road in Bolton on Feb. 15, according to a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Committee makes Leland business recommendations

    Leland’s Economic Development Committee created four recommendations for the town council from the business survey conducted in 2016.

    The LEDC sent out the business survey to 352 businesses in July to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced, opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow. An overview of the survey responses was completed in October.