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Today's News

  • Man dies in crash at U.S. 17 and Maco Road

    A collision Monday morning at U.S. 17 and Maco Road killed the passenger in a pickup that ran into a tractor-trailer.

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash, but identified the passenger as 51-year-old Horace L. Gore Jr. of Leland to other media outlets Tuesday.

    Brunswick County Deputy Emergency Services Director/Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the victim died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • 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.

  • Matthew 25 Center to house families visiting inmates

    In 2008, a group of like-minded people came together to embody the message of Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

    This verse was the inspiration for the Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc., said Milton Coleman, a Shallotte board member. The center will provide temporary housing for families visiting loved ones in any detention center in Brunswick, Columbus, Robeson, Bladen counties and Horry County in South Carolina. 

  • 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.

  • State officials encourage precautions after lapse in email encryption protocol

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is notifying affected citizens and the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights of a Nov. 30, 2016, incident in which protected health information was sent to health care providers via an unencrypted email, according to a news release.

  • 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.