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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Central Reach Project may finish mid-March

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is still awaiting absolute confirmation it can use the dredges in place to add the 100 cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into the current Central Reach Project effort.

    Town Manager David Hewett said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the town a verbal OK for the addition, but said the request is in the Office of Legislative Affairs for further review

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Man wanted in 2014 Navassa shooting returns to county

    A man wanted in a 2014 Navassa shooting is in custody in the Brunswick County Detention Facility after being arrested in Georgia.

    Anthony Damaud Anderson, 24, of Navassa, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting of Tyson McMillan.

    Anderson is accused of shooting McMillan in the back after they argued Jan. 8, 2014, on a path between Water and Main streets in Navassa.

    McMillan has recovered fully.

  • Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood

    During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

    Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.

  • WBHS production showcases Black History Month

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick High School theater students are coming together to show Black History Month is the history of America in their production of “Freedom Writers,” by Tom Quinn.

    Pastor Bill Negron, who’s co-directing with WBHS theater arts teacher Jennifer Creighton-Negron, said this has been the message for the last nine years WBHS has performed Black History Month pieces.

  • Texas man arrested in computer scam

    BOLIVIA — A Texas man is charged in the case of a Calabash man whose money for a home purchase was intercepted via computer malware in December.

    Edward Hua of Sheldrake Court in Sugar Land was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with felony access government computers to defraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense greater than or equal to $100,000.