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Today's News

  • Williamson receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials kept a secret from commissioner Betty Williamson for the past two months to surprise her Feb. 14 with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

    North Carolina’s governors have awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine since 1963 as one of the state’s highest honors to people who made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their public service.

  • Shop class launches housing start for feral felines

    BOLIVIA — It involved lessons in geometry combined with ones in humane treatment of animals as students in shop class at Brunswick County Academy tackled a new assignment last week to build houses to shelter homeless cats.

  • 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.

  • Two WBHS students charged in separate campus safety threats

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two West Brunswick High School students Friday, Feb. 17, in two unrelated safety threats on the campus in Shallotte. 

    No one was injured.

    Kavon Kenith Gause, 16, of Pearl Way in Supply is charged with a felony count of bringing a gun on educational property. Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said deputies booked him in the Brunswick County Detention Facility, but jail records do not show if he remains there.

  • Belville breaks ground for new town hall

    BELVILLE — Belville officials turned the first shovels full of dirt Monday on a town hall project they said was five years in the making.

    Mayor Mike Allen and commissioners Joe Breault, Donna Schardien and Noreen Slattery hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 13 on the site of the future town hall at River Road (N.C. 133) and Blackwell Road.

    The groundbreaking keeps a promise to revitalize Belville the current town board made when it was seated five years ago, Breault told the 50 or so people gathered for the event.

  • Dinner and a movie about living shorelines

    The state’s coastal agency is hosting an event that will include dinner and a movie about shoreline stabilization at Katy’s Grill and Bar, 1054 S. College Road in Wilmington, on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Supply man faces two murder charges in Feb. 2 crash

    A 24-year-old Supply man faces another murder charge after a second person involved in a Feb. 2 crash died last weekend.

    William Chandler McHenry of Bluebird Lane is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, aggravated death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

    McHenry was driving his white 2003 Ford Explorer south in the 2000 block of Kirby Road in Supply about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 when he hit a white 2017 Chevy Equinox, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Strangman said.

  • Hospice patient FaceTimes with rock hero Eddie Van Halen

    LELAND — It’s the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 5. Fifty-four-year-old Mike Brewer of Leland sits in a dim room holding an iPad that’s connected to FaceTime. On the screen in front of him is the image of a kitchen some 3,000 miles away.

    After a beat, a smiling man pops into view. Mike smiles back at rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen and says, “Hey, I know that guy.”

  • Lawsuit over Odell Williamson Airport reinstated

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Ocean Isle Beach airport operator.

    The lawsuit Tim Jackson and David Hill, owners of Jackson/Hill Aviation Inc. and Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s former Fixed Base Operator (FBO), filed against the town of Ocean Isle Beach was dismissed Nov. 2, 2015.

    Appellate court Judge Richard Dietz, wrote a judgment Feb. 7, with Chief Judge Linda McGee and Judge John Marsh Tyson in agreement, the case should not have been dismissed.

  • 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.