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  • Police: Belville man shot after ‘aggressive panhandling’

    Wilmington police are investigating a shooting reportedly prompted by a Belville man’s aggressive panhandling Monday night.

    Members of the Wilmington Police Department Downtown Task Force responded to the shooting in the 30 block of North Front Street at 9 p.m. and found 33-year-old Eric Gurtler of Winding Branches Drive in Belville with a gunshot wound. Gurtler was “argumentative and hostile” with officers, according to a police department news release.

  • School board approves personnel changes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES —The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes after its Dec. 4 closed session during its regular meeting at South Brunswick High School.

  • NBHS JROTC program earns perfect accreditation score

    LELAND — North Brunswick High School’s JROTC program achieved something that’s been done only once before in at least 26 years among JROTC programs in the North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Georgia: perfection.

    Sgt. 1st Class James Artis and Chuck Perry with the JROTC 4th Brigade in Fort Bragg came to North Brunswick, South Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools Dec. 5 to complete a Program of Accreditation (JPA) inspection of each school’s program.

  • Trillium participates in crisis counseling after Hurricane Florence

    Trillium Health Resources recently received an allocation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the needs of citizens in 12 counties, including Brunswick, which were declared disaster areas following Hurricane Florence, which allows residents to file for federal assistance.

  • FEMA extends disaster assistance application deadline to Dec. 19

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended the deadline for North Carolinians to register for disaster assistance to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

    Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs. Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

  • Duke Energy to include Brunswick Nuclear Plant in staff reductions

    Duke Energy will buy out or lay off some members of its workforce across the company’s six-state coverage area, including those at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport.

    Karen Williams, Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant spokeswoman, said Thursday it is looking across the entire company to reduce staff. The plant employs more than 800 people.

  • Leland public safety competition ends in tie, win for charity

    LELAND — Leland’s police and fire/rescue departments held a friendly competition Dec. 7 to see who could raise more donations for Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The Pack the Patrol Car/Fill the Fire Truck donation drive was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Leland Wal-Mart at 1112 New Pointe Blvd. to collect non-perishable food items.

    All items donated to Pack the Patrol Car and Fill the Fire Truck were given to BFA, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Hurricane Florence relief efforts throughout Brunswick County.

  • Vehicle emissions inspections no longer required in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County no longer requires an emissions inspection on motor vehicles.

    After 52 of North Carolina’s 100 counties stopped requiring vehicle emissions inspections in 2006, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 131 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017) during the 2017 long session that requested a revision of the air quality State Implementation Plan (SIP) removing 26 more counties — including Brunswick — from the state’s Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program.

  • Consultant provides MOTSU land use study update

    Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) updated the public Dec. 4 on its joint land use study with local governments to identify and mitigate land use conflicts.

    MOTSU was built in 1953 and sits on 16,000 acres north of Southport that is used to transport ammunition to and from the terminal to bases around the world. It also maintains 17 miles of railroad track and an interchange yard near Leland to drop off and pick up trains.

  • OIB officials consider cost of adding bridge lights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to add safety rails to the Odell Williamson Bridge, so Ocean Isle Beach officials will look into funding the addition of lights as part of the project.

    NCDOT Division 3 construction engineer Kevin Bowen attended the town meeting Dec. 11 to update commissioners on maintenance plans for the bridge.