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  • N.C. 904 West closed for pipe replacement

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed a section of the west side of N.C. 904 near U.S. 17 for pipe replacement work.

    Crews with Steve Simmons Construction are replacing pipe under the highway, also known as Longwood Road. The road is scheduled to reopen March 3, weather permitting.

    Motorists should use U.S. 17, Green Bay Road and Old Shallotte Road during the closure.

  • Firefighters save man from burning house

     Emergency crews rescued a man who passed out on his kitchen floor in Oak Island during a house fire Friday, Feb. 14.

    Responders from the Oak Island and St. James fire departments, as well as Yaupon Beach volunteers, found a man lying face down in the 112 NE 51st St. residence just before midnight.

    Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen. The house is not a total loss, Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said.

  • Mad Inlet petition in question

    SUNSET BEACH — Town officials say there is no record of a petition sent to a state agency nearly a decade ago supporting lifting an inlet hazard designation for Mad Inlet.

    Their comments came at the start of Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual retreat Tuesday, when council also voted to send another letter about the matter to the Coastal Resources Commission prior to its upcoming meeting Feb. 26 in Nag’s Head.

  • Ice storm causes damage, power outages in Brunswick County

     Two weeks after Brunswick County recovered from after an ice storm, another one struck, bringing even more destruction.

    More than a quarter-inch of ice fell over Brunswick County last Tuesday and Wednesday, which caused lengthy power outages, forced school and business closings, and several automobile accidents.

    Inland areas of the county such as Leland experienced significantly more damage than the coastal areas this time, said Dave Loewenthal, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

  • School custodian accused of sex-related crimes

     A West Brunswick High School custodian is accused of sex-related crimes involving a student.

    Valentine Rivera, 42, was arrested Monday, Feb. 17, and charged with sexual battery, sexual activity with a student by school personnel and disseminating obscenity, which is a felony, according to the arrest warrants.

    Rivera is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.

    Rivera gave a nude photograph of himself to an 18-year-old student on school grounds on Feb. 3, the warrants allege.

  • Knighthood visits OIB for annual meeting

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — On Valentine’s weekend this year at the Ocean Isle Inn, you wouldn’t have to travel far to find a knight in shining armor.

    The Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux (KOFL), a nonprofit group with chapters in eight states and the District of Columbia, recreates in the lives of its members an Order of Knights dedicated to the code of chivalry, holding each other to a standard of character as befitting a modern tribute to the invaluable contribution of Knighthood to culture and society.

  • Vidal supporters propose officer training bill

     The family and friends of Keith Vidal, the schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen who was shot and killed in his home by a Southport police detective Jan. 5, are seeking legislation designed to protect the mentally ill in encounters with law enforcement officers.

    Vidal’s family and friends have submitted a proposal called Keith’s Law to state Rep. Frank Iler. The law would add mandatory 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to Basic Law Enforcement Training.

  • School day lengthened to make up for missed time

     The ice has melted, power has been restored, students are back in classrooms, and Brunswick County Schools officials have settled on a way to make up days missed during last week’s severe winter weather. The second winter storm in three weeks kept students and staff out of school for more than two days last week.

    Board of Education members approved a plan of adding 12 minutes of instructional time to the school day for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. The decision was made a scheduled committee meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18.

  • Wilmington woman dies in St. James crash

    A Wilmington woman died Sunday, Feb. 16, after a head-on collision on N.C. 211 in St. James.

    Sonia Vowls, 39, was thrown from her 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:30 p.m. crash, N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper K.E. Herring said.

    Vowls and another motorcyclist were headed east on the highway when a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Kevin Zell, 28, crossed the center line and hit Vowls. Herring said Zell told him he was “messing with the radio” at the time of the crash.

  • Leland looks at cap on streetlight costs

    Leland officials plan to put a cap on town costs for streetlights.

    Town council and planning board members met Feb. 7 with representatives from Duke Power and Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation to discuss pulling back the costs to the town when they takeover streetlights.

    Leland Public Works Director Steven Spruill explained that developers usually add streetlights along the roads they include in commercial or residential properties.