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  • VA Outreach Clinic: Is this it?

    BOLIVIA—Will having a three-day-a-week primary care physician for local veterans in lieu of a VA Outreach facility in Brunswick County be enough for the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans?

    Local officials have mixed opinions.

    On Tuesday, June 22, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced Brunswick County would receive a Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic, comprised of a primary care doctor three days a week and a pilot transportation program to larger VA clinics in Wilmington and Fayetteville.

  • Public pools provide an alternative to those trying to beat the heat

    For those not wanting to dip their toes in the salty ocean water this summer, public pools offer an alternative for people trying to beat the heat.

    Centrally located in Bolivia, the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has two indoor pools that are open to members and nonmembers of the facility.

    An eight-lane, 4,500-square-foot lap pool is available for lap swimmers, while a 1,584-square-foot warm water pool is often used for group classes. A lifeguard is on duty at all times.

  • Board members want parents to opt students ‘in’ rather than ‘out’ of reproductive health and safety education

    BOLIVIA—Several Brunswick County Board of Education members want parents to opt their children in rather than out of state mandated reproductive health and safety education. The program will appear in middle school curriculum this coming school year.

    According to House Bill 88, which was ratified June 25, 2009, the Healthy Youth Act of 2009 adds to the 2006 Healthy Living Standard Course of Study, which has included abstinence as the only form of sex education taught in North Carolina.

  • National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act passes in U.S. House

    The National Flood Insurance Program lapsed May 31, and for each day the program is not re-instated, people in the 100-year floodplain, many of whom live in Brunswick County, will be unable to get flood insurance.

    The National Association of Realtors estimate the lapse in the federally required flood insurance program is stalling about 1,200 real estate closing each day.

    Mary Ann McCarthy, president of the 800-member Brunswick County Association of Realtors, said it is imperative Congress passes an extension to the program.

  • Work heats up on Smith Avenue extension; delays on Main Street expected

    Road crews have been common sights on Smith Avenue in Shallotte the past couple of weeks, diverting traffic as they create the road’s new alignment as part of the Smith Avenue Extension project.

    Work is also continuing on the new section behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center, and in the next month, crews will work on Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) to connect the two.

  • McIntyre comes out against NCIT project planned for Southport

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced his opposition to the construction of the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) the N.C. Ports Authority has planned for 600 acres near Southport.

    On Tuesday, McIntyre issued a statement saying he had expressed concerns in the past about the project’s potential effects on Brunswick County’s quality of life and, so far, no answers have been forthcoming.

    “After years of public debate, I still have these concerns, and these questions remain unanswered,” he stated.

  • Vet pens book about pet obesity

    CALABASH—Sure, people love their pets, says Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward.

    Some people love their pets almost to death, in fact, especially if they’re overfeeding them with the wrong things.

    He sees so many such beloved pets, Ward’s latest book, “Chow Hounds,” is all about pet obesity.

    “This is my first book for pet owners,” says Ward, who has written three previous veterinary textbooks.

  • Gaming privilege licenses boosted to $200 in Calabash

    CALABASH—Following debate among board members, Calabash commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to implement an increased $200 privilege license fee for sweepstakes machines. Te previous fee was $5.

    Following the specially called meeting, town commissioner Mary Knight reiterated her stance favoring a $1,000 fee, stating the board blew its chance.

    “You’re not paying attention to your community and your citizens,” she said.

  • NRC continues work on inspection report for Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    Last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) dispatched a Special Inspection Team to Brunswick Nuclear Plant to review what happened to trigger an alert at the plant June 6 and a delay in emergency response.

    The plant declared an alert June 6 due to the discharge of halon gas, a fire suppressant, into the basement of the emergency diesel generator building. There was no fire at the facility, and both units continued operation without interruption. No one was injured.

  • Renowned Army band bring pops, patriotism to BCC stage Saturday

    They’re “citizen soldiers” who in civilian life are students, educators, businesspeople and professionals.

    At 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, they’ll blend together as North Carolina National Guard 440th Army Band for a free Fourth of July weekend concert.