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  • Paws-Ability launches fundraising for Texas pets

    Local animal advocacy group Paws-Ability is orchestrating an effort to aid animals in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    “As animal lovers, our hearts are breaking every time we see the images of animals in Texas that are suffering and struggling just to survive,” Paws-Ability president Janie Withers wrote last week.

  • 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.

  • Rabon appointed to Senate commissions and committees

    Senate Leader Phil Berger on Friday announced Senate oversight committee assignments for the interim.

    Most committees will meet once per month, or less, until the General Assembly returns for the 2018 short session.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was appointed chairman of the Legislative Research Commission and to serve on the Legislative Services Commission, Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, and on the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight, Joint Legislative Elections Oversight,

  • Man accused of hitting woman with bulldozer in OIB

    A Bolivia man is accused of hitting a woman with a bulldozer in Ocean Isle Beach then leaving the scene Aug. 29.

    The woman, 30-year-old Melissa Joan Sasser of Calabash, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she was taken after she was struck.

  • Leland board rezones Waterford property as potential apartment site

    LELAND — Five years ago, Leland Town Council denied a request to rezone a property near Waterford for multi-family development.

    A lot has changed since 2012, as council members approved rezoning the same property for multi-family use at their Aug. 24 meeting.

    Leland Economic Development director Gary Vidmar told council members Bert Exum of Exum Holdings applied for rezoning of 8.55 acres on two parcels in the Waterford Commercial area from Regional Business District (C-2) to Multifamily district (M-F).

  • County unemployment rate drops below 5 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to a low for the year of 4.8 percent in June.

    The unemployment rate decrease continued a downward trend in Brunswick County for 2017 that stalled at 5 percent unemployment for April and May.

    The rate fell from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February, then 5.8 percent in March.

  • H2GO talks RO systems in schools

    Brunswick County and school system officials put a dampener on the idea of adding reverse osmosis water treatment systems in northern county schools, despite not yet hearing a proposal for the concept.

    County Manager Ann Hardy and Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb released a joint statement Aug. 23 after reading a media report about RO plants considered for the schools served by Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO.

  • H2GO moves forward on plant before financing approval

    Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO board members won’t wait for a financing decision to begin building a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    For the past few months, H2GO officials have approved almost all the steps needed, including contracting all the projects to build the plant, while saying they would wait for approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission to finance the $26 million project.

  • Officials speak on water quality issues

    Plans for dealing with GenX and other drinking water contaminants remain on the minds of local and state officials.

    John Nichols, Brunswick County’s director of public utilities, recently presented county commissioners with a review of potential short-term and long-term treatment methods for water contaminants by Pete D’Adamo of engineering firm HDR.

  • See you later, alligator

    Thank you to Ocean Isle Beach resident Bobby Pidgeon for sharing these amazing images he captured of an alligator protecting her hatchlings Monday morning, Aug. 28, in his backyard pond.