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Today's News

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to nearly five years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen during a graduation party in 2015.

    As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Michael David Rivenbark pleaded guilty Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, to solicitation to commit statutory rape, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

    Warrants showed Rivenbark engaged in intercourse with a 14-year-old girl June 28, 2015.

  • EPA still testing Navassa Superfund site before cleanup

    One year into the Navassa Superfund clean-up project, the Environmental Protection Agency continues testing the site to determine a plan of action.

    LaTonya Spencer, an EPA community involvement coordinator, said her agency is still in the remedial investigation phase of the project, which has involved sampling the soil throughout the creosote plant site. She said sampling will continue through the fall.

  • Lamb resigns as Communities In Schools executive director

    Nancy Lamb has resigned as executive director of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

    Todd Beane, CIS communications and thrift shop operations coordinator, said in a Wednesday, Sept. 21, news release Lamb left the organization to pursue other professional opportunities. Her resignation was accepted Sept. 16.

  • Man to serve more than 21 years for sex crime convictions

    A Wilmington man will spend at least 21 years in prison for statutory sex offense, sex offense in a parental role and indecent liberties with a child, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 36-year-old Kenneth Lateef McKnight to serve 254 months to 365 months in the N.C. Department of Correction upon convicting him of the crimes Monday, Sept. 26, after a bench trial that lasted more than a week.

  • Sunset Beach police chief resigns

    Sunset Beach Town Council will address the recent resignation of Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner at its next meeting Oct. 3.

    Joyner resigned last week after 27 years with the town, according to a town press release issued last Wednesday, Sept. 21.

    Joyner cited personal reasons for her resignation.

    “I have enjoyed my 27 years as an employee with the town and wish everyone the best,” Joyner is quoted in the news release.

    Joyner had been on 12-week unpaid family medical leave that was to conclude in mid-October.

  • N.C. Ferry System begins transition to off-season schedules

    The annual transition to off-season schedules will begin for the North Carolina Ferry System. Over the next six weeks, several gradual changes will occur on four of the ferry system’s seven routes, including Southport-Fort Fisher.

    The Southport route will switch to an off-season schedule Oct. 1, dropping from 16 weekday round trips to 14. Weekend schedules will not be affected.

    For a printable 2016 ferry schedule, go to ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.

  • Dredging on Sunset Beach community meeting agenda Oct. 8

    Sunset Beach residents will be able to ask questions and make comments at an Oct. 8 community meeting about the town’s shoreline dredging and pre-dredging analysis.

    The informal meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at 75 Clubhouse Road in Sea Trail Plantation.

  • Dosher Wellness Center flu clinic dates

    The Dosher Wellness Center, 3009 Medical Plaza Lane in Southport, is conducting a flu shot clinic for its patients each Tuesday this fall.

    Influenza immunizations began Sept. 20 and will be available each Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. through Nov. 22 or while flu vaccine supplies last.

    For more information, call 454-1234.

  • American Red Cross launches new free Hero Care App

    The American Red Cross has unveiled its new Hero Care mobile application. This free app is designed to help members of the military, veterans and their families identify and access both emergency and non-emergency Red Cross services from anywhere in the world.

  • Traffic alert Oct. 8-9 for 2016 Bike MS: Breakaway at the Beach in Sunset Beach

    The Bike MS: Breakaway at the Beach ride, hosted by the National MS Society, is taking place Oct. 8-9. Cyclists will be on the road from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in and around Sunset Beach, Calabash and Carolina Shores as riders depart Sea Trail on N.C. 179, Shoreline Drive, Beach Drive and Thomasboro Road crossing U.S. 17.
    Motorists are asked to use caution as bicycles will be on various roads in Brunswick and Columbus counties until their afternoon returns to Sea Trail, along with support vehicles.