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  • GenX levels reported at lowest point since testing began

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply have trended down through January and February, according to results reported Feb. 22 by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found in the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    The latest sample reports, taken Feb. 8, showed GenX levels at their lowest amount since sampling began last July.

  • Navassa residents, neighbors envision potential for Superfund cleanup site

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    NAVASSA — Navassa residents, their neighbors and stakeholders in the area laid out their vision for developing the Kerr-McGee Superfund site, once the property is cleaned up, at a community vision workshop Feb. 23-24.

    Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups leading the cleanup process, hosted the meetings at Navassa Community Center.

  • Belville commissioner O’Bryant resigns

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioner Pat O’Bryant announced his resignation from the board at the Feb. 26 meeting.

    “It is with much regret that I am going to resign from my position as a member of this board,” he said. “A number of conflicting commitments necessitates that I withdraw from the board.”

  • H2GO board eases gag order for employees

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board agreed Feb. 22 to ease a gag order on its employees that was enacted at the first meeting of the new board members.

    At the final meeting for H2GO chairman Bill Browning and Carl Antos on Nov. 28, Browning and Antos voted with vice chairman Ron Jenkins to hand over the sanitary district and all its assets to Belville to keep a planned reverse osmosis plant project alive, outvoting Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley 3-2.

  • Holden Beach commissioners OK reimbursing county for dredging

    HOLDEN BEACH — Just a day before the Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Currituck made it to Holden Beach on Feb. 21 to begin the Lockwood Folly Dredging Project, the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners approved reimbursing Brunswick County for the project.  

    During their regular meeting Feb. 20, Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, told commissioners shoaling continues to be a problem for those traveling in the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

  • Construction continues as businesses build in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — The greatly anticipated Steak ‘n Shake restaurant should become a reality in 2018.

    Steak ‘n Shake restaurants approved Nekillim Food Services Inc., which is owned by Lloyd Milliken of Shallotte, for territory ranging from the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to Jacksonville to build five Steak ‘n Shake restaurants.

    Jeff Milliken, project manager, said their first franchise in Onslow County opened for business Feb. 21. They’ll now turn their attention to the Shallotte site at 4462 Main St.

  • Shallotte man cleared of charges in Thanksgiving assault case

    A Shallotte man accused of punching a woman on Thanksgiving Day has been cleared of charges against him.

    Corey Scott Sears, 31, of Devane Road was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, both misdemeanors.

    Warrants alleged Sears hit a woman Nov. 23 in the face and head with a closed fist, causing facial bruising and swelling.

  • Matthews woman pleads guilty to assaulting deputy

    A Matthews woman pleased guilty to assaulting a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy.

    Jamie Leigh Lancaster, 34, of Stone Down Lane was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, and well as misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer and simple assault.

    Warrants show Lancaster pushing and slapped a man Oct. 3. When a deputy arrived to arrest her, she pushed him, pulled away from him and kicked him in the groin area.

  • Shallotte man accused of stealing neighbors’ guns

    A Shallotte man is accused of stealing guns from his neighbors months ago.

    Zachary Alan Jeffries, 24, of Bay Village Street was arrested Feb. 19 and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, safecracking and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

  • Coastal residents Rally to Raleigh to fight offshore drilling

    RALEIGH — Busloads of coastal residents, including ones from Brunswick County, traveled to the state capital Monday to voice opposition to offshore drilling.

    Hundreds of people took part in the Rally to Raleigh at the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s only statewide meeting Feb. 26 at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown Hotel.