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Today's News

  • Rouzer receives Congressional Primary Care Champion Award

    Congressman David Rouzer of North Carolina and his legislative director Jason Cooke were both recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for their work advancing primary care.

    Rouzer and Cooke were two of four recipients of the Congressional Primary Care Champion Care Awards. Rouzer, with the help of Cooke, cofounded the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus in 2015 to improve access to primary care and address the state’s physician shortage.

  • Federal judge sentences Oak Island man to 35 years for child porn

    A federal judge sentenced an Oak Island man to 35 years in prison for receipt of child pornography.

    U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan also sentenced 31-year-old Michael Carl Butler on Wednesday to 15 years of supervised release, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release issued Thursday.

    Butler was named in a three-count indictment Sept. 26 and pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography Dec. 13 pursuant to a plea agreement.

  • Silver Alert issued for Navassa man canceled

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Navassa man they believed to be endangered at the request of the Navassa Police Department.

    The alert issued at 1:14 a.m. Wednesday for Harry Lee Thomas, 70, shows Thomas was last seen at his home in the 9000 block of Old Mill Road. He was wearing a tan striped button-up shirt, blue jeans, black shoes and brown glasses.

    The alert was canceled at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday.

  • CSX wants Compass Pointe fire lawsuit moved out of county to federal court

    Property owners near the Compass Pointe subdivision off U.S. 74/76 are suing CSX in Superior Court over a 2015 fire that burned 174 acres, but CSX wants the lawsuit moved out of Brunswick County and into federal court.

    Carol Shooter Redmond, Robert Michael Shooter, Pamela Solari and Sheron Anne Shooter filed a complaint April 4 claiming their property was damaged because of negligence by CSX.

    Their lawsuit claims 174 acres near Compass Pointe was destroyed April 6, 2015, in a wildfire caused by a passing train owned and operated by CSX.

  • Leland council balks at 10-year penny tax pitch

    LELAND — Town council members balked at a proposal to increase taxes by a penny every year for 10 years during discussion of the town’s 2018-19 budget proposal June 4.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members Monday night with a slightly adjusted, but still balanced budget proposal to keep the tax rate at 21 cents for a second consecutive year.

    Hollis reported the 2018-19 revenues and expenditures would balance out at $15,443,754 but increased the estimate for revenues that will roll over from 2017-18 to $1.3 million.

  • NCDOT seeks public input on transportation projects

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation opened public comment

    June 4 for residents to share their opinions on priorities for regional and local transportation projects.

    Those projects are outlined in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.

  • State Outdoor Recreation Industry director seeks input from Brunswick representatives

    LELAND — The outdoor recreation industry supports 260,000 jobs in North Carolina and consumers are spending $28 billion a year on outdoor activities.

    That’s how David Knight, director of the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, got the attention of local government officials and business owners from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties at a May 30 meeting.

  • Team returns to excavate Gause family cemetery in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Members of the East Carolina University anthropology department returned to Sunset Beach on May 29 to search Gause Cemetery off Seaside Road and Live Oak Drive for the tomb of Revolutionary War hero William Gause Jr.

    Dr. Megan Perry brought two graduate students and a rotating group of undergrads, who are also participating in the Brunswick Town Archeological Field School in Winnabow, for a second year of study of the Gause family gravesite at the invitation of J.R. Robinson, a direct descendant of William Gause Jr. and John Julius Gause Jr.

  • County board delays fire commission standards review

    BOLIVIA — A fire chief’s email has delayed county commissioners’ approval of fire department service standards established by the fire commission they created.

    Brunswick County commissioners tasked the 19-member fire commission to generate and recommend fire department service standards.

    After nine months of meetings, fire commission members voted May 24 to approve 12 measures to submit to county commissioners.

  • You decide: is it time for a mileage tax?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two decades ago, I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. Many people still communicated by writing letters.