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  • Residents rally to save Sunset Beach market that’s not closing

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents responding to rumor were told Monday night there are no plans to shut down the Waterfront Market.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato accused fellow councilman John Corbett of spreading “fake news” in connection with the seasonal market, which Corbett’s wife Carol helps run on Thursdays in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said several times she had only questioned fees being charged for the market and there were no plans to close it.

  • Teen dies after falling off third story balcony in Holden Beach

    A 19-year-old from the Charlotte area died after falling from a third-story balcony of a Holden Beach residence Friday night.

    The man’s identity will not be released per request of the family, Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said, adding the town sends its condolences.

    Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tri-Beach Fire Department and Brunswick County EMS personnel and Holden Beach police and were dispatched to the home on Sand Dune Lane at 7:07 p.m., Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson said in a news release.

  • Duke Energy shows off Brunswick Nuclear Plant environmental safety measures

    SOUTHPORT — The Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport has its own turtle patrol just like most Brunswick County beach towns.

    But the Duke Energy plant isn’t tracking turtle nests. It’s protecting turtles and other marine life from the intake that draws one million gallons of water per minute into the plant.

    For large animals like sea turtles that can find the nuclear plant’s 300 foot wide intake canal inviting, Duke Energy made an upgrade to a diversion structure, a type of sea gate, so turtles can’t swim through.

  • Patient, EMTs recall rescue from cardiac arrest

    SUPPLY — On May 10, 76-year-old Theodore Racz of Sunset Beach began his tri-weekly kidney dialysis at Fresenius Kidney Care Brunswick County in Supply as usual. The treatment, which removes waste from the body after a person’s kidneys fail, usually lasts about five hours for him.

    About 30 minutes into it on this day, however, he said he “felt like I was hit by a baseball bat in the chest.

    “I called out to the nurse and that’s the last thing I remember.”

  • Leland rebudgets tax increase, proposing 21-cent tax rate

    LELAND — Leland officials adjusted their budget expectations and cut the proposed tax rate from 26 cents to 21 cents at the June 15 town meeting.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the proposed budget at the May 18 town meeting with a budget increase to $14.3 million, up from $10.8 million in fiscal year 2016-17.

    Hollis said the 2.67-cent increase from 18.33 cents to a 21-cent tax rate would increase the amount of tax on a $212,000 home from $388.60 to $440.20, an increase of $56.60.

  • 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.