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  • Summer blood donations needed

    Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

    As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor while supplies last.

  • State health officials advise residents to ‘fight the bite’ during warm weather

    The North Carolina Division of Public Health is advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” and take important precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites during warm weather months.

  • State reaches $131K settlement over claims allegations

    North Carolina reached a settlement with TeamHealth Holdings, as successor in interest to IPC Healthcare Inc., formerly known as IPC The Hospitalists Inc. (IPC).

    The agreement resolves allegations that IPC violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare, Medicaid, the Defense Health Agency and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for higher and more expensive levels of medical service than were actually performed (a practice known as “up-coding”).

  • Shallotte woman found safely; Silver Alert canceled

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Shallotte woman.

    Margaret Ward, 81, was last seen at 5291 King Fisher Drive Drive in Shallotte. The alert does not provide the time Ward was last seen, but the alert was released at 2:52 a.m. May 17.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said Ward was found safely in Virginia.

  • H2GO receives state agency permit for reverse osmosis plant

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO met another requirement to build its reverse osmosis (RO) water plant.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit May 8 to discharge brine wastewater into the Brunswick River from the plant.

    The DEQ hosted a NPDES permit hearing for public comments at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 12, which was attended by about 100 people, with 21 speaking for and against the project.

  • Leland proposes tax increase to offset funding cuts

    LELAND — Leland Town Manager David Hollis will make a budget presentation at the May 18 town meeting proposing a 26-cent tax rate.

    The town board reviewed the budget again at the May 15 agenda meeting where Hollis said it is likely the General Assembly will pass Senate Bill 126 allowing collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

    As a result, Leland would lose about $511,000 in sales tax revenue.

  • County budget proposes no tax or rate increases

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $233.4 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a third year.

    The total general government debt service budget would be $13,818,449. The total principal payments on general fund debt are $11,210,001 with interest and service fee payments equaling approximately $2.6 million.

  • Brunswick opioid task force seeks support from Gov. Cooper

    The Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force hopes to bring solutions to the opioid epidemic, and last week they let their concerns be known statewide.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release, members signed a letter sent to Gov. Roy Cooper last week requesting he declare the opioid addiction crises in North Carolina a public health emergency.

  • New group launches to address Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    HOLDEN BEACH — About 75 people attended an inaugural meeting last week of the newly forming Lockwood Inlet Association, whose mission is to address concerns about shoaling, safety issues and direly needed dredging for the shallow-draft inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island.

  • Calabash eateries served People’s Choice awards

    CALABASH — The town recognized a few of its mainstay restaurants last week with honors connected to second annual Taste of Calabash festivities April 22.

    Event founder Helen Kapalka presented this year’s first-place People’s Choice award at the May 9 town board of commissioners meeting to The Boundary House Restaurant. Second-place honors went to Captain Nance’s Seafood Restaurant, third to Bennett’s Grill & Café, fourth to Mmm Que Rico and fifth to Captain John’s Seafood House.