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Today's News

  • Orange alligator colorizes Carolina Shores community

    CAROLINA SHORES — It’s the second pumpkin-hued alligator spotted in the Carolinas since early February.

    On Feb. 8, Calabash Lakes resident Rich Norcia left his house to ride his bicycle around the Carolina Shores neighborhood. Five minutes later, he was back urgently “beating on the door,” said Norcia’s wife, Agnes.

    “I was worried something happened,” she said.

  • County commissioners to review fire study Friday

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will hear the results of a fire study at a special meeting at 9 a.m., Friday, March 3, in the David R. Sandifer Building, 30 Government Center Drive NE in Bolivia.

    Municipal managers, fire chiefs and county administration officers received a preview of the study report Monday, Feb. 27, from Greg Grayson of FACETS Consulting at the county emergency operations center.

  • Rouzer to host town hall March 6 in Bolivia

    Congressman David Rouzer will host a 7th District Town Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 6, to hear constituent concerns and discuss the priorities of the 115th Congress.

    It will take place at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, 150 College Road NE, Bolivia.

    Constituents will have the opportunity to ask Rouzer questions on legislation, current events and potential casework.

    All are invited.

  • H2GO board approves start of RO plant bidding

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board continues to proceed with efforts to build a reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant, one 3-2 vote at a time.

    Comissioners who support the RO plant — Carl Antos, Bill Browning and Ronnie Jenkins — won approval of hiring two contractors at their Feb. 21 meeting despite the efforts of RO plant opposition members Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley.

  • Intersection construction nears completion in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Work on two new turn-lane intersections on U.S. 17 is nearing completion, a worker at the site said this week.

    The intersections at Persimmon Road and farther north up the highway at Shingletree Road were closed to traffic during the latter half of 2016 to make way for construction of the new turn lanes.

    The project was warranted as a result of past safety history at the two U.S. 17 intersections, said Brian Rick, communications officer for NCDOT’s Divisions 2 and 3 communications office in Jacksonville.

  • Red Cross open house March 2 in Leland

    The Cape Fear Area Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers and is inviting the community to attend a Red Cross volunteer open house Thursday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brunswick Forest Community Commons, 1007 Evangeline Drive in Leland.

  • Sunset Beach man devises new way to pick up old trash

    SUNSET BEACH — Tom Vincenz is being lauded as Sunset Beach’s newest inventor.

    But the retired resident is downplaying that notion after coming up with a better way to reach trash discarded at the beach.

    In January, fellow island resident Gordon Bokelman paid homage to Vincenz’s innovative “trash-picker-upper,” consisting of a metal paint roller frame attached to an extended paint pole.

  • Calabash Lions brave Harlem Ambassadors at WBHS on March 4

    Just when you thought Carolina basketball couldn’t get any more exciting, the Harlem Ambassadors trot into town to up everybody’s game.

    The team, specializing in cross-country and international roundball folly-and-fun fundraisers, take on the Calabash Lions Club Lions Pride team for an entertaining showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the West Brunswick High School gymnasium at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte.

  • Shallotte man charged in sexual assault, stabbing

    A Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman Saturday, then trying to stab her to death the next day.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 29-year-old Lavonshea Marquise Fletcher on Sunday and charged him with second-degree forcible rape, first-degree burglary, attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and three counts of breaking and entering to terrorize or injure.

  • Autopsy: Leland man killed in officer-involved shooting was drunk

    An autopsy report shows the man who was killed after he fired at a Leland police officer during a traffic stop last December had a blood alcohol content of .26 at the time.

    A person is considered legally impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08.

    Brent Quinn, 43, died as a result of injuries he suffered in gunfire with Leland police officer Jacob Schwenk on Dec. 9, 2016 on Bridgeport Way.

    Quinn and Schwenk, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times.