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  • Dixon named Brunswick County’s next planning director

    Brunswick County officials promoted from within by making Kirstie Dixon the county’s planning director, effective Nov. 6.

    Dixon succeeds Mike Hargett, who announced he would retire at the end of 2017, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    Dixon was hired in 2004 as a planner II and supervisor of central permitting. She has held several positions within the county’s planning department, most recently working as planning manager.

  • H2GO GenX water results show higher numbers than Brunswick County, DEQ

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO released water test results Nov. 1 reporting higher GenX levels than recent results provided by Brunswick County and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

    Brunswick County supplies H2GO with finished treated water drawn from the Cape Fear River.

    H2GO spokesman Tyler Wittkofsky released perfluorinated compound results of samples of the water were taken Oct. 18. The results showed GenX levels at 59.7 parts per trillion (ppt), according to the H2GO news release.

  • Rabon, three others accused of ethics violation

    Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport is one of three state legislators accused with a Wilmington developer of an ethics violation by New Hanover County Democratic Party Chairman Richard Poole.

    Poole filed the complaint Oct. 30 accusing Rep. Holly Grange, former Rep. Chris Millis and Rabon of violating the state’s ethics act G.S. 138A that applies to legislators.

  • Council members debate ethics, violations in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town security and ethics were hot topics at Sunset Beach Town Council’s semimonthly meeting Monday night.

    “I do feel you violated our code of ethics,” Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott told councilman Richard Cerrato, referring to council’s Oct. 17 meeting when Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern while Nern was speaking during public comment.

  • Calabash Fire Department October 2017

    During the month of October 2017, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 203 calls: three structure fires, a woods/brush fire, seven fire alarms, 12 motor vehicle accidents, three mutual aid, 40 public assistance, four other and 133 EMS first-response calls.

  • Fort Anderson’s Great Pumpkin Blowout explodes with history and science

    WINNABOW — On Saturday, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site historian Jim McKee either found a way to teach visitors Civil War military, historical, tactical, engineering and technological facts by exploding pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns, or he found a way to blow stuff up at work.

    The historic site along the Cape Fear River hosted its second annual Great Pumpkin Blowout on Nov. 4.

    More than a dozen visitors paid $10 and brought their slightly overripe Halloween decorations to watch McKee turn them into pumpkin pie filling.

  • Reduced-price BBQ for veterans Nov. 10

    Calabash VFW Post 7288 is partnering with the Butcher of Brunswick and the new Makai Brewing Company by inviting veterans to come and have a reduced-price barbecue plate lunch for $3 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the businesses at 5850 Ocean Highway W. at Union School Road.

    The Butcher of Brunswick is offering a lunch or dinner plate of pulled pork, roll and sides at no cost to the Post, with all proceeds going to the Post and earmarked for the VFW National Home for Children, the North Carolina Cottage in Eaton Rapids, Mich.

  • Foundation awards grant to help end homelessness

    The Landfall Foundation awarded Good Shepherd Center $4,000 in a Nov. 2 ceremony. The funds will be used to ensure the provision of affordable housing placement, first month’s rent support, and follow-up case management to homeless disabled seniors and families with children.

  • Cahoon to speak on water safety Dec. 18

    The Brunswick Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will host an informational discussion with Dr. Larry Cahoon of UNCW on Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.in Supply.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens around nuclear plant Wednesday

    The outdoor warning sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Nov. 8, between 10 and 11 a.m. The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will sounded at least once during the test at full volume. Residents will hear an audible tone lasting for about three minutes. No public action is required.

    This full volume test is performed annually in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.