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Today's News

  • Settlement reached over improper billing for portable oxygen

    Attorney General Josh Stein announced North Carolina will receive $43,671.23 as part of a $9.95 million settlement with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier. This settlement comes in response to allegations that Rotech knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicaid and Medicare.

  • Leland man indicted on federal firearms charges

    A federal grand jury indicted a Leland man on possession of ammunition as a prohibited person and two counts of providing a false statement in connection with purchasing a firearm.

    Howard Joseph Burchfield, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison for each count if convicted, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release issued Wednesday.

  • BCC resolves problem identified in state audit

    Brunswick Community College has resolved the problem identified in an Office of the State Auditorreport released April 6 that showed the college did not report in a timely manner changes to its number of students who receive federal financial assistance.

    BCC gave $2.2 million in federal aid to 670 of its students the year ending June 30, 2017, with the audit testing a sample of 120 students who changed enrollment while under the federal aid program.

    The report showed more than a third of the students weren’t reported properly.

  • Boys and Girls Homes open houses, foster parenting classes

    The Boys and Girls Homes of NC will have open houses April 23 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Supply Baptist Church at 88 Ocean Highway E. in Supply to share information, answer questions and allow people to meet staff.

    Foster parent classes will start April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. for those interested. There is a great need for foster parents in Brunswick County. The Boys and Girls Homes of NC receive many calls from the Department of Social Services, but do not always have the homes to place children.

  • WBHS JROTC food drive under way to support Loaves for Fishes

    The West Brunswick High School JROTC is hosting its 2018 food drive in support of the Brunswick Islands Baptist Church Loaves for Fishes Food Pantry. The food drive will run through May 11.

    This annual event is part of West Brunswick’s JROTC Community Service/Service Learning program. The Brunswick Island Baptist Church Food pantry feeds about 14,000 people annually.

  • League of Women Voters to meet April 23

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear’s next hot topic presentation will be Monday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hanover Room at the New Hanover County Main Library at 201 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    This month’s hot topic discussion will be “N.C. Private Schools Receiving Vouchers: A Study of the Curriculum,” presented by guest speaker Bonnie Bechard, vice president of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear.

  • OIB police seek man in business break-in

    Ocean Isle Beach police are asking for the public’s help to identify the man who broke in to Sheffield’s Seafood and Grocery on April 15

    The man removed cash from the safe and stole cigarettes from the business at 57 Causeway Drive SW early that morning, police said.

    The man, described as white and last seen wearing a blue shirt and black flip-flops, faces charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to real property

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rich Heycock at 274-1746 or 579-4221.

  • Sunset Vision seeks volunteers for pair of upcoming events

    Sunset Vision is looking for volunteers at two spring events to help enhance the beauty and enjoyment of Sunset Beach.

  • Leland woman accused of stealing drugs from employer

    A Leland woman is accused of stealing drugs from the Winnabow nursing home where she worked.

    Michelle Margaret Whitney Miller, 36, of Quail Hollow Road was arrested April 10 and charged with three counts of embezzling a controlled substance by an employee and two counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

  • Brunswick County Teen Court April 24

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County.