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  • 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.

  • Leland police seek man in Aug. 31 break-in

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who broke into a Village Road home at 1:17 p.m. Aug. 31.

    The burglar, described as a white man with a medium build, stole handguns, jewelry, coins and various prescription medication.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Felicia McCabe at 332-5005.

  • Leland police seek Wal-Mart generators thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole $1,000 in generators from Wal-Mart at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

    The man, described as white with a medium build, was last seen driving a four-door Ford Taurus white passenger car.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0148.