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  • Trump plans for offshore drilling spur protests

    Recent plans announced by the Trump administration to open North Carolina and other East Coast states to offshore drilling and gas leasing have prompted a resurgence of protests from people and groups statewide, including Brunswick County, concerned about the environmental impact.

    One of the first expressions of concern came Jan. 4, the same day the Interior Department announced those intended five-year plans, from N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan.

  • Flu death confirmed in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — One person has died from the flu in Brunswick County in the wake of a severe influenza season.

    Brunswick County health officials confirmed this week there had been a flu death but declined to provide information about when the death occurred or the age or gender of the person who died.

    Cherie Browning, director of nursing for Brunswick County Health Services, cited Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that she said mandates “an abundance of caution to protect identity” in the flu fatality case.

  • Calabash to host opioid awareness event Jan. 31

    Calabash will host a prescription opioid community awareness session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Calabash Fire Station, 892 Persimmon Road SW in Calabash.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff Office will give a presentation on county opioid-related data. There will also be a discussion on the sheriff’s office’s Anchor Initiative and other information on what it is doing to combat the opioid epidemic.

  • ATMC expands FOCUS fiber optics in OIB

    As part of the company’s five-year network enhancement and expansion project, ATMC will soon begin the construction of a fiber optic network that will span Ocean Isle Beach and enable it to deliver the company’s FOCUS fiber optic communications services to residents and businesses.

    The $5.5 million investment is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018 and will provide more than 6,000 residents and businesses on the island with access to one gigabit broadband speeds.

  • Leland man cited in two-vehicle Wilmington crash

    A Leland man was cited on a failure to stop for a red light charge after his dump truck hit an SUV in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.

    Kenneth Leonard Mills, 65, failed to stop at a red light at Carolina Beach and River roads and struck the front of a 2000 Acura SUV at 7:33 a.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.E. Moore said Nicole Barnett, 48, was trying to steer the SUV left onto River Road into the Carolina Beach northbound lanes.

  • OIB airport to receive funding

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport in Ocean Isle Beach will receive $33,334 for phase one of a new perimeter fence.

    It is one of four airports in the state to receive N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation approval of state and federal funding.

  • Commissioners rescind offshore drilling support — for now

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners rescinded their support Jan. 16 for seismic testing and offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic coast.

    But a final decision on where the board stands will be made in 30 days.

    On Tuesday, the board reversed a July 6, 2015, county resolution that endorsed state and federal government steps to allow for offshore oil and natural gas development along the Atlantic coast.

  • Deputies investigate shot fired at school bus

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report about gun fired at a Brunswick County Schools bus about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    A bus window was damaged, but no one was hurt.

    Someone called dispatchers to report the shooting near Jones Street and Green Lewis Road in Bolivia, according to a joint news release from the sheriff’s office and school district.

    Deputies who responded determined the shot came from a BB gun accidentally fired by a child at one of the homes in the neighborhood.

  • Shallotte police seek man who damaged coin-operated machine

    Police detectives are looking for the middle-aged white man who damaged coin-operated machines in Shallotte.

    The man wears glasses. He was seen wearing a Nike hoodie with a jacket during one break-in and wearing a hat with flames on the bill, a flannel long-sleeved shirt and blue denim jeans in another.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police 754-6008 and asking to speak to Detective Sgt. John Holman or Detective Cory McLamb, or send a private message through the department’s Facebook page.

  • County schools on two-hour delay Thursday

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for both students and staff Thursday, Jan. 18, based on National Weather Service predictions and Gov. Roy Cooper’s State of Emergency declaration.

    “Please keep in mind that Brunswick County covers a lot of ground and that roads in one part of the county may be fine while on the other side of the county they can be dangerous,” district spokesman Daniel Seamans said.

    Any other schedule changes prompted by the weather will be announced about 6 a.m. Thursday, Seamans said.