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  • N.C. Forest Service offers wildfire prevention tips

    As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris.

    Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. In fact, debris burning is the top cause of wildfires in North Carolina.

  • Shallotte man dies after being hit by vehicle in Little River, S.C.

    A Shallotte man died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday on U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Demontray Hill died of multiple traumatic injuries at the scene, the Horry County (S.C.) Coroner’s Office said.

    Hill was walking north in the southbound lane when a 2007 Ford four-door car driven by 20-year-old Kierra Price struck him at 3:33 a.m.,

    South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matthew Southern said.

    Price was wearing a seat belt and neither she nor the infant in her car were injured, Southern said.

  • Hobby makes Cooke an early weather warning system

    Some people prefer to receive bad news from a friend.

    This hurricane season, when forecasts have warned of the potential for storms to visit Brunswick County, some residents rely on a friendly update from Marty Cooke.

    Before he became a county commissioner Cooke, began researching hurricane forecasts and sharing the information among friends.

    “I have always been fascinated with weather. I tracked hurricanes with a map as a kid,” he said.

  • Winnabow’s Ramsey heads to barbecue’s state championship

    Scott Ramsey of Winnabow used to take his talent at the barbecue grill to his friends’ back yards, private parties and church events.

    But in the past three years, he has gone whole hog into competitive barbecue and will travel to Raleigh this weekend for the state’s barbecue championship.

    Ramsey will compete in the 32nd annual Whole Hog Barbecue Championship held Sept. 29-30 during the 2017 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh.

  • Causey’s Medicare team shares tips in Brunswick County

    SUPPLY — North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has made a point of touring the state since he was sworn in to his post in January.

    His tour came to Brunswick County on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with visits to the Supply senior center at 101 Stone Chimney Road, a lunchtime mayor’s meeting at Brunswick Electric and tours of the Supply, Bolivia and Leland fire stations.

  • Latest test results show less GenX in county water

    More GenX testing results from Brunswick County’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant show the GenX has leveled off since The Chemours Co. stopped wastewater discharge in the Cape Fear River, from which the county draws its drinking water.

    The data, released Tuesday by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson, showed the amount of GenX fluctuates from test to test, but has remained near the minimum level since GenX manufacturer Chemours reported it voluntarily stopped discharging it into the river June 26.

  • Expo to offer information for assistance, volunteerism

    The Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council has worked for three years to assist local residents in need.

    This weekend, the NBCSCC coordinates its widest ranging effort as it hosts a Community Services Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    Leland Town Manager David Hollis, who servers on the NBCSCC committee, said the expo is offered for two purposes.

  • Leland fire at recycling plant blamed on dissimilar metals, not negligence

    A Sunday evening fire at AIC Recycling in Leland burned a 20-foot stack of recycled metal at the outdoor facility, but caused no injuries or hazards.

    Leland Fire Chief John Grimes said the fire occurred about 5:30 p.m. The metal recycling business is at Blackwell and Chapel Loop roads.

    While the official cause of the fire is undetermined, Grimes said an unofficial cause appeared to be dissimilar metals.

  • Smoking rates drop in North Carolina

    The percentage of North Carolina adults who reported smoking cigarettes in 2016 is the lowest ever recorded, 17.9 percent, according to a state news release. Despite this milestone, North Carolina’s smoking rate remains slightly higher than the national rate of 17.1 percent, and smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in the state.

  • H2GO issues warning about possible scam targeting customers

    H2GO customers may receive a package in the mail from DVR Labs c/o Carolina Fresh Water from Greensboro requesting water samples. The package contains a bottle, which the company asks you to fill with tap water. It is assumed that after sending off the water sample, this company will then contact you claiming to show the presence of Dioxane and GenX while trying to sell a water filtration system.