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  • Chamber unveils economic data dashboard

    Building Brunswick business is the goal of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s new workforce and economic website, which was scheduled to be unveiled Wednesday.

    The South Brunswick Business Development Committee, formerly the Committee of 100, funded the new economic dashboard.

    The Business Development Committee, established in 2014, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit administered by the chamber.

  • Supply man dies in single-vehicle crash

    A single-vehicle crash killed a Supply man Saturday night.

    Tyler Lee Dandron, 24, was driving his 2008 two-door Nissan Altima west when he ran off the right side of the road in the 2600 block of Boone’s Neck Road at 9:34 p.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    Dandron lost control of the car and struck a chain link fence. His vehicle kept going and struck some large PVC water pipes stacked in a yard, which caused it to go slightly airborne. His car then hit and came to rest under a tractor-trailer parked in the same yard.

  • One dead in Supply single-vehicle crash

    One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident in Supply Saturday night.

    Dave Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad said the accident happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday, when a vehicle driving near the 2600 block of Boones Neck Road ran off the road and struck an object in the yard.

    Robinson said the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

    No other details have been provided at this time.

  • Area schools to dismiss early Monday for eclipse

    Brunswick County Early College High School students will dismiss early Monday morning, Aug. 21, in anticipation of the solar eclipse that afternoon.

    Students will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with the decision “largely based on the timing of the eclipse, which placed our students on buses or in personal vehicles close to the peak of the event,” Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Holden Beach woman wins $200K in lottery

    A Holden Beach woman won $200,000 in her first time playing the lottery.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Bonnie Cox carried the scratch-off ticket around for more than a week before she discovered it was a winner.

    “I just put it in my purse and forgot about it,” Cox said in a news release. “I only remembered to scratch it because it was getting in the way when I was looking for something.”

  • 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.