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  • Free dump week set for Sept. 11-16

    Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling will offer residents a free week of trash disposal at the county landfill Monday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. l6.

    The Brunswick County Landfill at 172 Landfill Road NE in Bolivia opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

    Not only can residents take out their trash to the landfill for free, the county will also collect household hazardous waste from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at South Brunswick Middle School, 100 Cougar Road in Southport.

    Sept. 11-16

  • Leland seeks to relieve pressure in sewer lines

    Leland’s recent sewer line wastewater discharges were not caused by old pipes or lack of capacity, but by complex issues with the lines of the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant partnership, town officials said.

    Heavy rainfall Aug. 12 overwhelmed the sanitary sewer system causing a discharge of an estimated 600 gallons of untreated wastewater from a sanitary sewer manhole near 120 Loop Road.

  • County hires lawyers for GenX water contamination case

    Brunswick County hired two law firms in preparation for a legal battle with the makers of GenX.

    The law firm of Baron & Budd P.C. and Harold Seagle of Seagle Law in North Carolina were hired as the legal representatives of the county against chemical companies Chemours, DuPont, and Kuraray, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    The three companies share the Fayetteville Works plant that has been identified as the source of the GenX discharge into the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water.

  • County keeps an eye on Irma, Jose

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Irma’s sustained winds had slowed to 50 mph while the storm moved Northwest through Georgia, 150 miles south of Atlanta about 5 p.m. Monday.

    Meanwhile Hurricane Jose, which was about 360 miles Northeast of the Bahamas, had sustained winds of 100 mph but was heading North in the Atlantic.

  • Residents petition OIB to limit helicopter tours

    Two summers of helicopter tours flying over Ocean Isle Beach have some residents asking town officials, and the online community, to help find a way to clip their wings.

    Diane Williams of 96 Monroe St. spoke during public comment at the Aug. 8 Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners meeting about helicopters flying over her home.

    “I’m concerned about the helicopter tours that have become so prevalent as to become a nuisance,” she said. “They are loud, disruptive, constant and degrade the quality of our small-town atmosphere.”

  • County approves members for two commissions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County board members seated members on two separate commissions last month.

    County commissioners directed emergency services director Brian Watts on June 19 to form a fire commission to analyze the current fire services funding as well as other funding options to recommend a long-term solution to fire department needs, based on a fire study presented at a commissioners’ workshop May 3.

  • State files suit against GenX chemical company

    State agencies filed suit against The Chemours Company in Bladen County Superior Court on Tuesday to try to require the company to stop releasing all fluorinated compounds into the Cape Fear River — from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water — and disclose all compounds in its waste stream.

    The North Carolina Attorney General’s office filed the lawsuit seeking a court order against Chemours on behalf of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Advisories recommend hurricane plan after updated forecast

    After Hurricane Irma strayed from last week’s predicted path toward North Carolina, emergency services and weather agencies emphasized preparation if storms turn north.

    While Hurricane Irma moves toward Florida, the forecast for the Carolinas early next week remains uncertain, said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    “It’s too early to tell with certainty, and we can’t afford to let our guard down,” he said.

  • 18-year-old man not seen since Sept. 1 found safely

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office announced they have safely located an 18-year-old who had not been seen last week.

    According to a Facebook post, 18-year-old Joshua Carter was last seen at South Brunswick High School at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

  • Police chief apologizes for officer parking in handicap spot

    Leland Police Chief Mike James has released a statement apologizing for one of his officers parking in a handicapped spot.

    In a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page Friday, James said it had been brought to his attention a police vehicle had parked in a spot designated for someone with a physical disability.

    “I am disappointed to see a member of my staff, who does not have a privilege to park in a space which has been reserved for those with disabilities, park in this reserved space,” he wrote.