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  • Tests show lower GenX levels at Northwest plant

    Results from additional testing for GenX in the Brunswick County water supply show the chemical level has dropped since the last round of tests.

    The latest water samples tested were taken July 27 and sent to Northern Lake Service Inc. analytical laboratory and environmental services in Crandon, Wis., on Aug. 1, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    The results revealed GenX levels of 36.9 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, or before it entered the plant for treatment.

  • County board adds textbooks to Brunswick Guarantee funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners agreed to guarantee books will be included if recent high school graduates go to Brunswick Community College under the Brunswick Guarantee program.

    Textbooks were overlooked when the Brunswick Guarantee was created, County Manager Ann Hardy told commissioners at their Aug. 14 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick Guarantee is a three-year funding agreement commissioners approved March 6 to provide the Brunswick Community College Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses.

  • Advisory rescinded after water main repair

    The Brunswick County Public Utilities 24-inch water main break in Shallotte last week caused low pressure and outages from Shallotte to the South Carolina state line for a few hours and a system pressure advisory for a few days.

    The distinction made a difference for some local businesses. Those caught without water had to close for the day while the businesses under the advisory could keep their doors open.

  • New retail shopping center construction under way

    LELAND — Retail growth is on the rise in Leland as three Westgate Marketplace shell buildings have gone up next to the Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    “The whole center should be online by November,” said Jack Kilbourne of Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co., the developer.

    The 32,000-square-foot shopping center sits on 4.5 acres and includes a seven-suite 17,200-square-foot building, an 8,000-square-foot four-suite building and a 3,600-square-foot two-suite building. Construction began in late April.

  • National Audubon Society sues to stop OIB terminal groin

    The National Audubon Society has challenged the Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin project by filing a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of the National Audubon Society on Monday in United States District Court, challenging the corps’ permit authorizing the town to build the terminal groin.

  • Deputy Boulder earns red vest, becomes part of certified team

    BOLIVIA— Brunswick County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.K. Nowell has a new four-legged partner by her side.

    Boulder, a 3-year-old golden retriever, is the sheriff’s office’s newest K9, and has been working with Nowell since April.

    Boulder came to the sheriff’s office through the paws4people organization out of Wilmington.

    On Tuesday morning, Boulder received his red vest during a ceremony signifying he and Nowell had passed their Public Access Tests that ensure both are up-to-date on commands and Boulder’s behaviors on the job.

  • Matthew 25 Center to hold groundbreaking Aug. 20

    Nine years ago, Christ’s words resonated with a group of people who came together to create a temporary housing environment for families visiting loved ones at detention centers in Brunswick, Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties and Horry County, S.C.

    The center, called Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc., was inspired by Matthew 25:40, when Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs Jaguar’s Lair settlement, delays park use guidelines

    SUNSET BEACH — Following a closed session Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously voted to accept settlement and subdivision improvements agreements involving the Jaguar’s Lair bond litigation.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said the settlement agreement involves the town, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. and Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation LLC.

    Richardson said there are two other entities in the proposed settlement agreement: Angels Trace Investments LLC and Jaguar’s Lair Golf LLC.

  • Calabash minds own new business activity

    CALABASH — The business climate is brisk in the Seafood Capital, with new businesses and new activity under way.

    This past weekend, a soft opening launched the new Coastal Craft Beverage Co. craft beer bottle shop and tasting room at 10080 Beach Drive.

    The Boundary House Restaurant owners are planning a new eatery, tentatively being called “The Original,” at the former Coleman’s restaurant site overlooking the Calabash River at 9931 Nance St.

  • Calabash commissioner cleared of assault charges

    Assault charges against Calabash town commissioner Jody Nance have been dismissed.

    Nance, 62, was cleared of charges of simple assault and communicating threats against his brother-in-law, John Climer of River Road in Calabash, following a trial Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    District Court Judge W. Fred Gore found Climer, 61, guilty of a simple assault charge against Nance.

    Climer was sentenced to five days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.