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  • 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.

  • DEQ suspends GenX manufacturers’ permit, seeks its revocation

    The chemical company responsible for the contaminant GenX in the Cape Fear River could lose its discharge permit because of a month-long delay reporting a spill.

    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan announced Nov. 16 the state moved to revoke The Chemours Co.’s permit to discharge processed wastewater after the company failed to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

  • Cooke named to NCBIWA board

    Brunswick County commissioner Marty Cooke has been named to the board of directors for the North Carolina Beach, Inlet & Waterway Association.

  • Gilleland receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Retired Army Col. Troy “Gil” Gilleland, a resident of Winding River Plantation and guest speaker at the Winding River Veterans Association’s annual Military Gala, is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious civilian awards for extraordinary service to the state.

    Joseph W. Koletar, president of the Winding River Veterans Association, is shown presenting the award to Gilleland at the gala, which is held each year to support various military-related charities.

  • Lives celebrated, memories cherished at annual service


  • Board moves January meeting to discuss allied health building draft

    BOLIVIA — With no board meeting in December, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees moved its Jan. 18 meeting to Jan. 4 to discuss the schematic draft for a planned allied health building on campus.
    At the board’s Nov. 16 meeting, chairman Alan Holden said it had been brought to BCC’s attention that plans for the grounds around the proposed allied health building call for the possible removal of the building that served as the Early Childhood Education Center.

  • Sheriff announces program to address opioid crisis

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram announced the creation of a new program targeting the county’s opioid crisis.

    The program, called the Anchor Initiative, will accept addicts who are ready for help and get them into detox then treatment at a low-cost/no-cost facility in the state. The program is modeled on the Hope Initiative in Nashville, N.C.

  • Local Operation Christmas Child collection brings in thousands of gifts for children worldwide

    SHALLOTTE — It was in 2012 during a mission trip with her husband Mike Clawson when Susan Clawson noticed the little girl she called a fashion queen.

    “I saw her dressed in all her purple, she’s messing with my hair, and I was like, ‘Golly,’” Clawson said. “So I sat down with her, and they have all kinds of thing going on (in their local church); they have Jesus as Superman, they have all these things they try to relate to the kids.

  • Sheriff’s office: Bolivia woman stole $317K from 91-year-old widow

    BOLIVIA — A Bolivia woman is accused of stealing more than $317,000 in property and money from a 91-year-old Ocean Isle Beach widow.

    Pamela Varnam Jackson, 61, of Center Court was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with exploitation of disabled/elder trust and obtaining more than $100,000 in property by false pretense.