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Today's News

  • NCDOT announces Brunswick County road closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close Village Point Road, 0.1 miles south of Bill Holden Road, in Ocean Isle Beach​ in both directions beginning Monday, March 20, at 8 a.m. continuously through Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m., to replace twin 60-inch pipes.

    Drivers who travel on the Project Road NW bridge over a branch of the Waccamaw River near Ash should also be aware the bridge will be closed beginning March 20 so workers can build a drainage culvert. The new structure will open in August.

  • Calabash remits more than $11K for summer concerts

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved issuing $11,219.50 back to this year’s organizers of the summertime Calabash Concert Series.

    The remittance to the Calabash Merchants Association OKed at the monthly board meeting March 14 is the amount returned to the town after last year’s concert series, including an $8,500 contribution from the town plus proceeds from a 50/50 raffle and concessions.

  • County funding cuts prompt Brunswick Guarantee

    A Brunswick County-funded scholarship program that provides free tuition and no fees for qualified students to attend Brunswick Community College is intended to restore funding and recruit more of the county’s high school graduates to the college.

    The three-year funding agreement county commissioners approved March 6 provides the BCC Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses through the program, called Brunswick Guarantee.

  • Leland man dies in Jeep crash near Winnabow

    A Leland man died after the Jeep he and two passengers were riding in overturned in a single-vehicle crash near Winnabow on Monday night, March 20, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.M. Blackwell said.

    Travis Norton, 26, was driving at a high rate of speed while driving south on Funston Road, Blackwell said.

    Norton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Jeep after he lost control of it and it flipped, caught on fire and landed in the road.

  • Board supports NBHS athletes, Harrington Village detention pond

    LELAND — High school students don’t often make an appearance at Leland town board meetings, so when they do it usually means they have done something good.

    In the case of the North Brunswick High School boys’ track team, its members have done no wrong.

    NBHS track coach Gary Bishop brought almost the entire team to the town meeting March 16 to recognize their undefeated streak.

  • Man pleads guilty to trafficking meth in Brunswick County

    A British citizen will spend at least four years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Gregory Bell sentenced 48-year-old Tristan James Campbell Mardall on Monday, March 20, to serve 50 to 72 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Navassa Superfund site project still testing for creosote impact

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency is still poking holes in the Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site in Navassa.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, updated Navassa residents on their progress at a March 14 meeting.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Belville budget talks set sights on tax rate

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners increased the town tax rate to 9 cents last year. At a budget retreat Saturday, March 18, they called for cuts in expenses to avoid touching the tax rate again.

    The early estimate of the budget is $947,000. Town Administrator Athina Williams said staying at 9 cents per $100 of valuation would maintain ad valorem revenues at $156,600.

    Sales and use taxes are anticipated about $440,000.

    And the town anticipates receiving $145,000 in revenues from the ABC board.

  • Brunswick County charges dropped against man accused in Whiteville stabbings

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    All Brunswick County charges against a man accused of stabbing two women, one fatally, in Whiteville last year have been dismissed.

    Investigators said 51-year-old James Edward McKamey of Whiteville stabbed 35-year-old Reshonta Love in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29 and 65-year-old Greer in the 900 block of Smyrna Drive minutes later.

    McKamey faces the death penalty if convicted.