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  • County expands participation in health discount programs

    Brunswick County has expanded its participation in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy Discount programs, which offer residents discounts on prescriptions, dental and health services and procedures.

    Brunswick County has been a participant in NACo’s program offering discounts on prescription drugs, and it is now expanded to include the Health Discounts and Dental Discounts programs.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners sworn in

    Newly elected Carolina Shores commissioners took their oaths of office at a special called meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 22, at town hall.

    Newly re-elected town commissioner Greg Davis and newly elected commissioner Joseph Przywara were sworn in by Mayor Joyce Dunn.

    The municipal ceremonies are typically conducted in December, but took place earlier this year in Carolina Shores because Przywara won't be in town during December.

  • Marlowtown Community Coalition celebrates fall at new park site

    Food and fun stirred the autumn air as members of the Marlowtown Community Coalition gathered on a Saturday morning to launch a fall festival on the site of the new Marlowtown Community Park.

    Situated on nearly three acres of donated land off Marlowtown Road at Fawn Court, the fledgling park is the result of an ongoing effort to turn a vision into reality.

  • Child hit by vehicle in Leland improving

    A 2-year-old child hit by a vehicle in Leland on Friday evening is improving, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

    Police Chief Mike James said the accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Village Road.

    The child, who police identified only as a pedestrian, was airlifted to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

    Police said the driver, who has not been identified, will not face any charges.

    Police released no other details, such as the type of vehicle involved and its speed.

  • Lewis honored with Dogwood Award

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis of Brunswick County was one of 11 people honored with a Dogwood Award by Attorney General Josh Stein at a ceremony Nov. 21 in Raleigh. These awards are given to honor North Carolinians who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy and happy in their communities. These recipients have worked tirelessly to confront the opioid crisis, including Lewis.

  • DHHS submits amendment to Medicaid waiver application

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services an amendment to the 1115 Demonstration Waiver application originally submitted by North Carolina in 2016. Submitting this amended waiver application is the next step in implementing the Proposed Program Design for Medicaid Managed Care that DHHS published in August.

    “Our first priority is the health and well-being of all North Carolinians,” DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said in a news release.

  • Grant provides incentive for manufacturer to locate in Leland

    Mike Hargett, Brunswick County’s director of economic development and planning, will propose county commissioners seek a North Carolina Department of Commerce Existing Building Reuse grant and provide matching funds at their Nov. 20 meeting as an incentive for a new industry to move into Leland Industrial Park.

    Hargett said ITI Technologies Inc. plans to operate a manufacturing facility in an existing building at 2080 Enterprise Drive in the park. ITI makes an additive for soil remediation, a mineral additive for livestock feed and a fertilizer enhancer, he said.

  • Run OIB approved for 2018 with changes to alleviate traffic

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The 2018 Run OIB 5K and half-marathon is set for a new date with a slight change in the race route to ease runner versus traffic issues.

    The Ocean Isle Beach board tabled an October permit request for 2018 until the Nov. 14 town meeting after commissioners asked both staff and run organizers David Hutnik and Johnna Terragna of Coastal Race Productions take another look at the race routes.

  • Annual banquet calls attention to hunger and homelessness

    LELAND — Harold Jones, a member of the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, spoke at last year’s annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet.

    At this year’s event in Leland on Saturday, he provided an update.

    “Last year I talked about being homeless. Now I’m here to tell you today I am a homeowner in Southport,” he said.

    Jones said he is working three jobs to reach a combined 40 hours a week.

    “If you want things in life you have to work for them,” he said. “Nobody owes you anything.”

  • Former town clerk under state investigation

    A Sandy Creek town councilwoman-elect is under investigation for her stint as town clerk.

    Tina Colby received 25 votes, the most among four candidates, to take one of two open seats on the Sandy Creek board Nov. 7. Her sister, Anna Knapp, received 22 votes to claim the second seat.

    Voters picked Colby and Knapp over incumbents Stephen Permenter and Mildred Miller.

    But an investigation Permenter began by contacting the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office over employee benefit discrepancies continues.