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  • Man charged in Brunswick County fraud spree

    A California man is accused of using skimmers and counterfeit ATM cards to steal more than $100,000 from people in Brunswick County during a week-long spree last December.

    Gerry Agopian, 31, of East Walnut Avenue in Burbank, was arrested June 30 and charged with accessing government computers to defraud, card theft with a scanning device, obtaining property by false pretense greater than or equal to $100,000 and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

  • BCC Signs Direct Transfer Agreement with Lees-McRae College for Business Administration Students

    Brunswick Community College signed an articulation agreement that will allow students to complete their Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences through the Lees-McRae College Business Administration Program.

    Officials from both colleges met at BCC on June 22 to make it official.

    “Having more options for students is always a positive, particularly options that allow students to transfer all their community college credits, and avail themselves of an online degree completion path,” BCC president Dr. Susanne Adams said.

  • Public input sought on transit services needs

    The public’s input is being sought as the state’s public transportation blueprint, known as the Public Transportation Strategic Plan, is being developed.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation is urging residents to take part in a survey to let the department know their top priorities for public transportation services in the state.

    The survey can be completed online at nctransitplan.metroquest.com.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant sirens test scheduled for July 12

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested Wednesday, July 12, between 10 and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at full-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • County project added to transportation plan

    State transportation officials announced 13 new highway projects for North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 3, including one in Brunswick County, are included in an updated version of the state’s draft 10-year transportation plan.

    The revised plan also accelerates a number of already funded projects for the division.

    Division 3 covers Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Sampson counties.

    Constructing an interchange for U.S. 74/76 at Maco Road in Brunswick County is among the new projects.

  • Small plane crashes in OIB, two men injured

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate what caused a Beechcraft Musketeer BE23 to crash in Ocean Isle Beach, across from Odell Williamson Municipal Airport, last Wednesday night.

    Pilot John Kaylor and his passenger, Edward Hawes, were injured when the plane crashed at 7:10 p.m. in a heavily wooded area behind homes in the 1400 block of Ellsworth Drive at The Retreat Ocean Isle Beach, across Ocean Isle Beach Road SW from the airport.

  • State: Chemours has contained GenX wastewater

    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality secretary Michael Regan said The Chemours Co.’s Fayetteville facility has contained wastewater from the byproduct GenX following a DEQ inspection Tuesday.

    The unregulated chemical GenX was discovered in the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for Brunswick County Public Utilities, June 8.

    The state’s water quality agency verified the company is preventing the unregulated chemical compound from discharging into the Cape Fear River.

  • Zaxby's ribbon cutting set for Monday, July 3, in Shallotte

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for Shallotte's new Zaxby's restaurant is set for 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, according to an announcement issued Wednesday by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    The newly built 90-seat franchise chicken-menu restaurant is at 4736 Main St., former site of The Grille restaurant where scenes from the movie “Tammy” starring Melissa McCarthy were shot in May and June 2013, and was a Hardee’s before that. Restaurant operators have recently been interviewing and hiring new employees.

  • Belville adds farmer’s market, community liaison and OKs 2017-18 budget

    BELVILLE — The Seaview Crab Company will bring seafood and a farmer’s market to the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park two days a week through October.

    Business owners Joe Romano and Nathan King spoke to the board of commissioners Monday night to thank the town for the opportunity to add a sixth location for their products.

    Romano said they opened in 2006 and have operated open-air seafood markets for seven years on Carolina Beach Road, Market Street and Marstellar Street in Wilmington as well as in Spout Springs and Sanford.

  • October opening planned for new nursing facility

    A new 136-bed nursing home facility under construction in rural Brunswick County is pegged for an October opening.

    Brunswick Health and Rehab Center has been under construction since June 2016 at 9600 No. 5 School Road near Ash Little River Road.

    It is owned by Saber Healthcare Group headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which operates 111 facilities and more than 10,002 licensed beds in six states, including Autumn Care of Shallotte and 22 other facilities in North Carolina, according to the company’s website.