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  • Lightning strike suspected in OIB fire

    Firefighters think lightning caused the fire that damaged an empty house on the Ocean Isle Beach island Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

    Dispatchers received a call at 8:10 a.m. about the fire at 25 Atlantic Way, Mayor Debbie Smith said. A neighbor was awakened by a loud bang and realized the home was on fire.

    The house sustained extensive smoke and fire damage with a collapsed roof. Smith said crews successfully kept the fire from spreading to other homes, though the heat rippled vinyl siding on one of them.

  • Moody’s affirms county’s general obligation bond rating at Aa2

    Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed both Brunswick County’s Aa2 general obligation bond rating and the county’s Aa3 rating on lease-backed debt, assigning the county a positive outlook.

    The ratings announcement from Moody’s notes Brunswick County’s “historically solid financial position” and “below average debt burden that will remain manageable despite significant borrowing plans,” as well as its “strong financial management.”

  • County VA clinic relocates with new name

    Starting Monday, June 26, Fayetteville VA’s Brunswick County Outreach Clinic will have a new name and a new location.

    Now called Brunswick County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), it will see patients at 18 Doctors Circle, Units 2 and 3, in Supply, less than a half-mile from the old clinic. 

    When all three suites are used, the new clinic will be about. 9,500 square feet, almost five times the size of the clinic it is replacing and increasing the patient capacity from 2,100 to around 3,300.

  • ATMC announces new 2017 directory, begins annual recycling drive

    areas from now through late July. The new directories include updated business information, as well as listings and resources for Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • Navassa Superfund Site meetings set for Tuesday, June 20

    Federal and state officials together will hold public availability sessions and a public meeting Tuesday, June 20, to answer questions about the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Superfund Site in Navassa and update residents about environmental investigations, cleanup options and technologies, and redevelopment planning activities.

    The three sessions will be from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. and the meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

  • Summer blood donations needed

    The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need.

    In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.

    Upcoming blood donation opportunities are June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oceanview United Methodist Church, 8400 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island; June 26 from 1:30 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport;

  • Speed limit lowered to 25 mph in Carolina Shores neighborhood

    The Carolina Shores subdivision speed limit has been changed from 30 mph to 25 mph. Ordinance 17-7 was approved May 4 by the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners and speed signs have been changed.

    For the safety of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, obey the new speed limit. Remember to be patient and drive with care.

    By going to the town’s website, carolinashoresnc.com, residents are encouraged to use the “Our Town” feature to learn more about town government and to become more involved.

  • NHRMC implements new visitor guidelines

    Effective June 19, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is implementing new visitor guidelines for the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital to ensure continued improvements in safety.

    Visitors to the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital will now be asked to provide identification and will receive a visitor access badge to enter the women’s and pediatric units.

  • Leland challenges H2GO plant permit

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s permit to discharge brine wastewater into the Brunswick River faces a challenge from the town of Leland.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit May 8 for H2GO’s proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Leland’s town council held a special meeting May 30 and decided to appeal the DEQ decision, filing a petition for a contested case hearing June 5.

  • OIB board approves budget, Publix shopping center

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved the 2017-18 town budget at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

    The town’s total budget for the upcoming year increased by just more than $655,000 to $21.882,350 from $21,027,225.

    The town set aside $8,775,000 last year to fund Coastal Storm Damage Reduction and the terminal groin project. The beach project budget for 2017-18 increased to $9,179,334.