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Today's News

  • Leland senior center opens near town hall

    LELAND — Visitors packed the Leland Senior Center auditorium for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new building Feb. 20.

    Jim Fish, president and CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., said the county now has five senior centers, one in each county district, and each is unique.

    “The Leland Senior Center is the first to be built on an integrated campus where there is access to a park, library as well as public transportation,” Fish said.

  • Teen pleads guilty in fatal 2016 crash

    BOLIVIA — A Carolina Shores teen charged in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February 2016 received probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter Feb. 20.

    As part of an agreement, 19-year-old Devin Keither Harris also pleaded guilty to interfering with an electronic monitoring device, as well as three unrelated felony counts each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leland to study burying power lines

    LELAND — Burying power lines along Village Road could be the next move Leland officials make to ensure downtown development succeeds.

    The town board authorized an agreement with Duke Energy for an engineering study, design documents and estimated cost to move Village Road overhead power lines underground at its Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting.

    Officials also agreed to fund the study with a budget amendment appropriating $90,000 from the General Fund.

  • 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.