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  • County board approves establishing 19-member fire commission

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County board members voted to establish a Brunswick County Fire Commission at the June 19 meeting

    The commission will analyze the current fire services funding as well as other funding options to recommend for a long term solution to fire department needs.

    The commission will also study and prioritize the 2017 Fire Services Peer Review recommendations and create an action plan to implement it.

  • Commissioners seek end to GenX discharge

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners approved a resolution at their June 19 meeting requesting the Chemours Co. halt any processes that could discharge the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.

    A June 8 media report said GenX was found in the river, the raw water supplier for Brunswick County Public Utilities (BCPU).

    BCPU water meets all EPA and state standards for water quality, but labs don’t test for the chemical and it isn’t known if GenX is a chemical of concern, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • Alligator captured on Bird Island

    Michael Rogers snapped this photo from a safe distance of a young alligator on the shore Wednesday, June 14, while he was walking on Bird Island. He said it was the first time he had ever seen an alligator on the island. He wrote, “The alligator was on the island about 1/4 mile east of the jetty. It sat on the beach for about 5 minutes, not moving, then turned around and headed back to the ocean.”

  • Ousted mom gets a new home

     VARNAMTOWN — Gail Hewitt has a new home.

    Months after an appeals court ruled against the 81-year-old woman in favor of her youngest daughter in a legal dispute over Hewitt’s Varnamtown house, Hewitt started moving last week to a new home less than a mile away from her former home on Varnamtown Road.

  • Sunset Beach delays action on Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has postponed until its Aug. 7 meeting a proposal for the town to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.

    Speaking at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, June 20, Neil Gilbert of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team thanked the board for its prior resolution opposing offshore drilling.

  • Calabash eyes riverfront property purchase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have been going into closed session to look into the possibility of buying a 1.42-acre parcel overlooking the Calabash River.

    The parcel is on the southwest side of the river bridge off N.C. 179 at a site where people frequently fish, Town Administrator Chuck Nance said after the board went into closed sessions at their June 13 meeting and during a last-minute called “emergency” closed session to discuss the matter again last Thursday afternoon, June 15.

  • Boat-builder Dean Dosher crafts his own ark

    SUPPLY — It looks like an ark, and Dean Dosher doesn’t disagree.

    The longtime carpenter and craftsman is nothing if not crafty, especially when it comes to building a big boat.

    His plan is that someday soon the wooden boat he’s been working on for the past couple of years at his Kirby Road home will also float like an ark.

  • Pickup strikes van carrying students on U.S. 74

    A pickup ran a red light and crashed into a Kids World Academy 15-passenger van carrying eight students from Southport on Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries.

    It happened at 9:40 a.m. on U.S. 74 in Leland, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Adams said

    Charles Carter, 56, of Princeton was driving a blue 1999 Ford F-150 west on U.S. 74 when he failed to stop at the light and struck the van driven by 26-year-old Desiree Auld of Southport, who was trying to turn left at a stop light from N.C. 140 onto U.S. 74.

  • Shallotte police seeking information on June 6 robbery

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Kangaroo Express on June 6.

    No one was injured during the crime, which happened at 2:49 a.m. at the gas station at 4528 Main St., Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    the clerk, who was restocking in the back, heard the door chime and came back up front, the man told the clerk to “turn around and everything will be fine,” before taking an undisclosed amount of cash, Holman said.

  • Tabor City man arrested on cocaine charges

    A Tabor City man is accused of maintaining a SUV for keeping and selling cocaine.

    Joseph Miller, 38, of Miller Road in Tabor City was arrested in Brunswick County on June 2 and charged with manufacturing cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.