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Today's News

  • ‘Cold, wet, windy’ can’t stop OIB’s Cari Van Winkle at fourth Boston Marathon

    When it rained, it poured cold, windy and tortuous at this year’s Boston Marathon.

    But even in harsh weather conditions Cari Van Winkle was unstoppable.

    The 36-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident finished her fourth marathon last Monday, April 16, in three hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds, according to results posted on the 122nd Boston Marathon website.

  • Ferry crew rescues kiteboarder

    A North Carolina ferry crew rescued a kiteboarder struggling to swim to shore in the Cape Fear River on Saturday afternoon after getting his kiteboard tangled on a navigational aid.

    The crew of the M/V Fort Fisher was completing its midday run between Southport and Fort Fisher when Capt. Barry West noticed the man and his gear tangled in the Federal Point Rear Range Beacon, according to a state Department of Transportation news release issued Monday afternoon.

  • H2GO board rethinks regional lift station

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members sought to pump the brakes on a pump station engineering contract approved in March.

    H2GO commissioners unanimously agreed March 20 to a $246,000 engineering services agreement with the Wooten Co. contractors to survey, design and bid a regional lift station project on Hewett Burton Road.

    Board chairman Jeff Gerken said at the April 17 H2GO meeting he subsequently heard from Leland Town Manager David Hollis that the town had committed to build a lift station that would serve new developments in the same area.

  • Holden Beach establishes Inlet and Beach Protection Board

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners recently established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board to serve as an advisory board for the town.

    The board will prepare and recommend to commissioners a comprehensive long-term plan for the town’s role, if any, in the management, dredging and protection of the Lockwood Folly and Shallotte Inlets, including their respective navigational channels, and the management, protection and nourishment of the town’s ocean beaches and protective dune systems.

  • Shallotte teens arrested in Supply shooting

    Two Shallotte teens accused of shooting into an occupied residence last Friday were arrested over the weekend. No one was injured.

    Tristan Stone Kelly, 19, of Edna Way and Atlanta Blaze Crumbley, 17, of Sussex Drive SW were arrested April 22 and each charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property, larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show the two stole a Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun from a man and fired it into an occupied singlewide mobile home occupied by a woman on Shade Tree Lane in Supply on April 20.

  • Stroup talks career path that led her to be RBA K-3 dean

    LELAND —Rachel Stroup knew drawing blood in a hospital wasn’t what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, especially when she’d just graduated in 2009 from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. with a bachelor’s degree in human development and learning.

    A conversation with a coworker at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where she worked as a phlebotomist, introduced her to her future home with Roger Bacon Academy, where she was appointed dean of K-3 on Feb. 12.

  • Teen wanted on attempted murder charges turns self in

    A teen wanted on two attempted murder charges in Brunswick County turned himself in in Columbus County on Saturday, April 21.

    Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco also faces a misdemeanor charge of injury to personal property.

    Warrants show Watkins tried to kill two people and damaged a third person’s vehicle in excess of $200 on April 19.  

  • Five people face cocaine charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people on cocaine charges in separate cases.

    Preston Jaquan Bryant, 22, of Dawson Street in Wilmington was arrested April 18 and charged with possession with intent to sell, distribute or manufacture cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia while Amber Shalie Burch, 22, of Cadefel Court in Wilmington also was arrested April 18 and charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup to begin in 2019

    NAVASSA — More soil testing at Navassa’s Kerr-McGee Superfund site is planned for 2018, but officials said cleanup could begin by the start of 2019.

    Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, hosted a quarterly update meeting April 10 at Navassa Community Center.

  • Commissioners decide on water, sewer projects

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County engineering consultants recommended a reverse osmosis plant was the best method to treat drinking water for contaminants at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    CDM Smith was hired in January to study water treatment options and delivered a final recommendation at the county’s April 19 meeting.