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  • Lewis honored with Dogwood Award

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis of Brunswick County was one of 11 people honored with a Dogwood Award by Attorney General Josh Stein at a ceremony Nov. 21 in Raleigh. These awards are given to honor North Carolinians who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy and happy in their communities. These recipients have worked tirelessly to confront the opioid crisis, including Lewis.

  • DHHS submits amendment to Medicaid waiver application

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services an amendment to the 1115 Demonstration Waiver application originally submitted by North Carolina in 2016. Submitting this amended waiver application is the next step in implementing the Proposed Program Design for Medicaid Managed Care that DHHS published in August.

    “Our first priority is the health and well-being of all North Carolinians,” DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said in a news release.

  • Grant provides incentive for manufacturer to locate in Leland

    Mike Hargett, Brunswick County’s director of economic development and planning, will propose county commissioners seek a North Carolina Department of Commerce Existing Building Reuse grant and provide matching funds at their Nov. 20 meeting as an incentive for a new industry to move into Leland Industrial Park.

    Hargett said ITI Technologies Inc. plans to operate a manufacturing facility in an existing building at 2080 Enterprise Drive in the park. ITI makes an additive for soil remediation, a mineral additive for livestock feed and a fertilizer enhancer, he said.

  • Run OIB approved for 2018 with changes to alleviate traffic

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The 2018 Run OIB 5K and half-marathon is set for a new date with a slight change in the race route to ease runner versus traffic issues.

    The Ocean Isle Beach board tabled an October permit request for 2018 until the Nov. 14 town meeting after commissioners asked both staff and run organizers David Hutnik and Johnna Terragna of Coastal Race Productions take another look at the race routes.

  • Annual banquet calls attention to hunger and homelessness

    Homelessness resources in Brunswick County

    Hope Harbor Home is for single women and women with children who are victims of domestic violence to assists in moving on to permanent housing.

    Gateway Landing, which offers a 12-month, faith-based residential program for men with life-controlling issues like substance abuse.

    Brunswick County Streetreach, which coordinates interfaith sheltering during winter and access to shelter during summer.

  • Former town clerk under state investigation

    A Sandy Creek town councilwoman-elect is under investigation for her stint as town clerk.

    Tina Colby received 25 votes, the most among four candidates, to take one of two open seats on the Sandy Creek board Nov. 7. Her sister, Anna Knapp, received 22 votes to claim the second seat.

    Voters picked Colby and Knapp over incumbents Stephen Permenter and Mildred Miller.

    But an investigation Permenter began by contacting the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office over employee benefit discrepancies continues.

  • DEQ suspends GenX manufacturers’ permit, seeks its revocation

    The chemical company responsible for the contaminant GenX in the Cape Fear River could lose its discharge permit because of a month-long delay reporting a spill.

    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan announced Nov. 16 the state moved to revoke The Chemours Co.’s permit to discharge processed wastewater after the company failed to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

  • Cooke named to NCBIWA board

    Brunswick County commissioner Marty Cooke has been named to the board of directors for the North Carolina Beach, Inlet & Waterway Association.

  • Gilleland receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Retired Army Col. Troy “Gil” Gilleland, a resident of Winding River Plantation and guest speaker at the Winding River Veterans Association’s annual Military Gala, is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious civilian awards for extraordinary service to the state.

    Joseph W. Koletar, president of the Winding River Veterans Association, is shown presenting the award to Gilleland at the gala, which is held each year to support various military-related charities.

  • Lives celebrated, memories cherished at annual service