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  • Officials: Agencies act to keep drinking water safe

    BOLIVIA — Gov. Roy Cooper visited Wilmington on Monday announcing efforts to eliminate the chemical GenX from the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, an action sought during a public forum last week.

    “I look for the state to step forward and provide an authoritative voice and provide information to the citizens,” Brunswick County commissioner Randy Thompson said during the July 19 forum at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Two towns lack enough candidates to fill open seats

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    Brunswick County’s two-week election filing period for 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees ended at noon Friday, July 21, but not enough candidates filed to seek all the open seats in Calabash and Bolivia in November’s election.

    Three Calabash commissioner seats are up for election, but only one candidate filed.

  • Beware of Portuguese man-of-wars

    Rick Fox and his wife, Elaine, who moved to Holden Beach in February, were walking along the shoreline when they spotted this Portuguese man-of-war in the surf at low tide about 4 p.m. Monday. “My wife had never seen one before and thought it was a toy. I told her not to touch it because I had seen them in the Caribbean and knew their sting was dangerous,” Rick said. “I was not aware they would come this far north. Everyone needs to know to stay away from them.”

  • Damage undermines dredge work in Lockwood Folly Inlet

    HOLDEN BEACH — Dredging under way in the Lockwood Folly Inlet will have to be cut short this week because of needed repairs on the decades-old boat doing the work.

    Last Wednesday, July 19, the side-cast dredge Merritt and its crew arrived at the inlet to try to open a pilot channel to the ocean but were sidelined when the vessel got stuck in a shoal.

  • Ash native Will Gore named Coast Guard Service Member of the Year

    He grew up in Ash, graduated from West Brunswick High School in 2000, joined the National Guard in 2007 and has now been bestowed a national honor.

    On July 12, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class and Brunswick County native William Gore, 35, received Military Times’ Coast Guardsman of the Year honors and recognition in Washington, D.C.

    Gore was also welcomed by 7th District Congressman David Rouzer while he was in Washington for the Service Members of the Year awards ceremony.

  • Free Medicare seminar planned for Aug. 10

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) and SHIIP will host a free Medicare seminar beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church Oak Island, 4608 Oak Island Drive on Oak Island.

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare. The seminar will include speakers from Social Security, Department of Social Services Medicaid, Coastal Horizons and the Area Agency on Aging.

  • BFA commodities distribution Aug. 10

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency (BFA) will have a commodities distribution from the BFA/Big Lots parking lot on Main Street in Shallotte on Thursday, Aug. 10.

    Items to be distributed include: apple sauce (4.5 oz.), green beans, shredded cheese (5 lbs.), dried cherries (2 lb. carton), sweet pitted cherries (2.5 lbs. frozen), corn, ham (frozen), cranberry juice concentrate (11.5 oz.), cling peaches (can), peanut butter (18 oz.), pears (can) and raisins (15 oz.).

  • CSA to celebrate 10th anniversary with open house and cookout

    Community Support Agency (CSA) in Delco will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with an open house and health information fair Friday, Aug. 4, from noon to 6 p.m.

    The CSA motto is to be “the heartbeat of the community” and the staff seeks to celebrate community life by offering music, health screens, art therapy, a chance to win prizes and a cookout. The public is invited to come out for this free event.

  • Brunswick County Republican Women to meet Aug. 3

    The Brunswick County Republican Women will have a membership meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at GOP Headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. The special program is entitled, “Human Trafficking,” a very serious problem in Brunswick County, North Carolina and the country.

    Guest speakers will provide valuable information on human trafficking, including its signs, the effects it has on its victims and what concerned citizens can do about it. The public is encouraged to attend.

  • Juice, Jazz & Java tickets on sale

    The North Brunswick Kiwanis Club will present its fifth annual Juice, Jazz & Java Gala on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland.

    The evening will include a buffet dinner catered by Art Catering & Events of Shallotte and dancing to music by DJ Dennis M. Shockley. Savor an array of wines for tasting and participate in the enticing baskets at the auction.