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  • GenX manufacturer agrees to share information with DEQ

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and The Chemours Co. came to a court-assisted agreement to open the lines of communication in the GenX water contamination investigation.

    Chemours manufactures GenX for use in making Teflon and other products under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit with the Environmental Protection Agency that was managed by the DEQ. The permit governs Chemours’ discharge of wastewater from its Fayetteville facility.

  • Hurricane Jose lingers as Hurricane Maria threatens coast

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center in Miami announced Hurricane Maria became a Category 5 storm as of 8 p.m. Monday.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane was 110 miles southeast of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, moving northwest at 10 mph. Forecasts show it was likely to continue in that direction and reach Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    The hurricane was reported to have sustained winds of 160 mph; 110 mph is considered a major hurricane.

  • County board OKs school bond financial advisor, water connection

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a contract Monday night with Stephens Inc. to serve as the financial advisor to issue the first phase of General Obligation (GO) bonds for Brunswick County Schools improvements and expansion.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said the $152 million in bonds will be issued in phases with $52,950,000 to be issued in July 2018.

    In July 2020, $47,550,000 will be issued for phase two and $51,500,000 will be issued in July 2022 for phase three.

  • Sunset Beach to address park fees Oct. 2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is stepping up consideration of town park fees and other matters after Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott took issue with ongoing delays and a lack of agenda items at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Following debate about a deadline and time factor, council informally agreed to address park rules and fees at its next meeting Monday, Oct. 2.

    Scott also complained about a scant agenda Tuesday.

  • Latest Lockwood Folly dredge work finished, for now

    Maintenance dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet has been completed, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.

    USACE Wilmington District completed work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island that resumed in late August. Work by the shallow-draft side-cast Merritt dredge had to be suspended in July after the half-century-old vessel had to be taken up to Manns Harbor near the Outer Banks for repairs to a hole and breach on the dredge boat that had caused it to start taking in water.

  • Carolina Shores rescinds state of emergency

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners last week rescinded the town’s state of emergency and took a closer look at issues spurred by Hurricane Irma.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the monthly commissioners meeting last Thursday, Sept. 14, there was about a half-inch of flooding at Oakbark Court, Sunfield and Palmer drives.

    Overall, he added, none of the town’s developments faced flooding except for some garages and at Northwest Drive and Gate 5.

  • Calabash assesses post-hurricane stormwater

    CALABASH — With the town only partially through hurricane season, it’s amping up scrutiny of recent rainfall and seeking help from the state.

    “We’re trying to get (the North Carolina Department of Transportation) to clean ditches on Persimmon Road,” commissioner Cecelia Herman, who reports on stormwater issues for the town, said at the monthly town board meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 12.

  • NCDMV customers reminded to check for ‘.gov’ in websites

    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has received complaints from citizens using unofficial websites that charge fees for the simplest DMV services or products. The official NCDMV website charges nothing for DMV information or forms, and its products are usually provided free or at much lower rates than those advertised on unofficial sites.

  • Nonprofit expo planned for Sept. 30

    The Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council (NBCSCC) is hosting a Community Services Expo on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    This will be a networking opportunity for more than 20 local agencies to speak with people who need services, whether physical, financial or emotional, as well as informing potential new volunteers of the many ways they can make a difference to people in Brunswick County.

  • Hope for Recovery event Sept. 30

    North Carolina Parents Coalition for C.H.A.N.G.E., WVCB 1410 Christian Radio and Palms Health and Wellness LLC will host Hope for Recovery from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 Medical Center Drive in Supply (formerly Brunswick Community Hospital).

    The event will be a day of live music, food, testimonies, resource providers, crafts and more. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and offer support along with resources to those suffering from substance abuse as well as offer support to those who have lost loved ones in the fight.