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  • Aquifer storage plan proceeds to install one well

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved installing one Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well to provide underground water storage, although the original plan called for two wells.

    Jerry Pierce, the county’s director of public utilities, recommended the board proceed with the ASR project in one well in the Lower Pee Dee Aquifer. Test results from a second well, in the Black Creek Aquifer, were disappointing, he said.

  • Main Street widening nears completion in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A Main Street shoulder paving and widening project is nearing completion.

    The milling and resurfacing project launched in April at the west end of the island and extended to Canal Drive on the east end, according to information provided by the town.

    Finishing touches of the project partnered by the town with the North Carolina Department of Transportation include installation of “bike-friendly” grates, minor sidewalk repairs and valve replacement, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Challenge filed against Sunset Beach West permit

    The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a challenge to a state permit that would enable a developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along Sunset Beach’s west-end oceanfront.

    The SELC filed the challenge Aug. 11 in the state Office of Administrative Hearings on behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  • Calabash gears up for Beach Drive roadwork in November

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to milling and paving work on Beach Drive scheduled to take place the week of Thanksgiving.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance told commissioners at their Aug. 9 meeting work is from the South Carolina line up to the Calabash NAPA store.

    Nance said officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation think they can do the work in two weeks, which means it shouldn’t interfere with the Calabash Christmas parade typically scheduled the first Friday night in December.

  • Brunswick resident donates kidney to lifelong friend

    WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.

    So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.

    Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.

    “I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”

  • Shaver named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year

    Brunswick County Attorney Bob Shaver has been named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys (NCACA).

    The Outstanding Attorney of the Year is given each year to a county attorney in recognition of providing exemplary service to the profession and to the public. Shaver was named the Outstanding Attorney of the Year for 2016 and recognized for the achievement by both the NCACA and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

  • School bond campaign kickoff Aug. 18

    Voters in Brunswick County will answer a $152 million question when they cast their ballots Nov. 8 on whether to approve a bond referendum to benefit Brunswick County Schools.

    The bond would pay for capital improvement projects at each of the district’s 19 schools in an eight-year cycle between 2017 and 2024.

  • Elections board talks one-stop voting

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections discussed one-stop implementation plans for the 2016 General Election during its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 15.
    The one-stop plan must be revisited in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals that now mandates a 17-day early voting period.

  • Bolivia couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office identified a Bolivia couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Monday morning, Aug. 15.

    A medical examiner said 54-year-old Helen Ann Santilli and her husband, 60-year-old Richard Albert Santilli, each died of a single gunshot wound at their home in the 400 block of Kingswood Court in Winding River Plantation, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation fish fry Aug. 26

    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at N.C. 130 and 179 in Shallotte, behind the former First Community Bank and next to Hills supermarket, to raise funds for its Sunshine Fund. This fund supports Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office families who suffer tragedies.