.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Calabash River bridge below safety standards

    CALABASH — The Calabash River bridge on N.C. 179 could span dangerous waters in the event of a severe storm or hurricane.

    That was a conclusion Calabash Mayor Mary Knight brought to the surface at the Calabash board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Feb. 14.

    Knight said a recent meeting area town officials had with the North Carolina Department of Transportation indicates the bridge, built in 1975, doesn’t meet elevation requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Man pleads guilty in 2014 shooting death at his residence

    BOLIVIA — A Supply man will spend at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge James Gregory Bell ordered 39-year-old William Calvin Steward to serve between 144 and 185 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, with credit for time served, after Steward pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 20, to second-degree murder.

  • Leland to study burying power lines

    LELAND — Burying power lines along Village Road could be the next move Leland officials make to ensure downtown development succeeds.

    The town board authorized an agreement with Duke Energy for an engineering study, design documents and estimated cost to move Village Road overhead power lines underground at its Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting.

    Officials also agreed to fund the study with a budget amendment appropriating $90,000 from the General Fund.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.