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  • New walk-in clinic opens at county complex

    BOLIVIA — With the need for mental health and drug abuse treatment apparent in Brunswick County, officials have made assistance available at the county government center.

    A walk-in mental health and substance abuse clinic opened May 15 at 10 Referendum Drive NE in Building F.

  • EmergeOrtho chosen to build surgery center in Leland

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services approved an application from EmergeOrtho to build a surgical center in Leland.

    The state’s Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section made the decision April 28, selecting the EmergeOrtho Brunswick Surgery Center application over a proposal from Novant Health.

    Brunswick Surgery Center is a newly formed business connected to EmergeOrtho, the company formerly known as OrthoWilmington.

  • Novant appeals state decision on Leland surgery center

    Novant Health filed a petition to appeal the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need (CON) Section’s decision to deny its Brunswick Outpatient Surgery application and approve the CON for Brunswick Surgery Center.

  • Winnabow weather radio transmitter repaired

    Damage to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio transmitter in Winnabow has been repaired.

    Steve Pfaff of the National Weather Service in Wilmington said an inspection of the radio tower in January found damage to a cable that connects to the antenna.

    The inspection showed some of the tower rigging also sustained wind damage and the antenna was bent, too.

    Pfaff said repairs involved replacing the entire cable with a bigger, more insulated cable, which should cause less signal loss.

  • Leland considers eliminating on-street parking rules

    LELAND — Leland officials will revamp the on-street parking rules put in place a year-and-a-half ago after the town council and planning board heard developers’ complaints at a May 26 meeting.

    In January 2016, Leland commissioners voted to require an additional parking space be provided at a ratio of one space per one lot in all new subdivisions.

  • H2GO bolsters RO plant public relations

    The H2GO board contracted with a public relations consultant at their May 23 meeting to win public opinion to the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water plant project.

    H2GO executive director Bob Walker said the utility’s public information officer, Tyler Wittkofsky, has worked well in his first six months but needs more help.

  • NOAA predicts above-normal hurricane season

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its hurricane season prediction report for 2017 a week before the official start of hurricane season, June 1.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center reported May 25 the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, will most likely be above-normal.

    NOAA predicted a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, which include winds of 39 mph or higher.

    The forecast also estimates five to nine of the storms could become hurricanes, reaching winds of 74 mph or higher.

  • Belville Elementary teacher reinstated after arrest

    A Belville Elementary School second-grade teacher accused of stalking has been reinstated.

    Laura Patten, 41, was reinstated May 25, the third and final day of her administrative leave with pay after a thorough investigation by Brunswick County Schools’ human resources division, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Patten was arrested on the misdemeanor charge May 18 and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility the next day on $5,000 bail.

  • Man convicted in holiday drunk driving crash that injured Southport teen

    A Bolivia man who hit a teen while driving drunk after Southport’s Fourth of July celebration in 2015 has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
    A jury convicted 25-year-old Joseph Smith of Tobes Road NE of serious injury by motor vehicle and misdemeanor failure to reduce speed Thursday, May 25, after a three-day trial.

  • Leland man held on $1.25M bail after vehicle break-ins

    A Leland man is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1.25 million bail in multiple vehicle break-in and larceny cases.

    Jeremy Ray Grainger, 29, was arrested Thursday, May 25, and charged with multiple counts of breaking or entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a firearm and possession of firearm by a felon, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release.