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Today's News

  • Brunswick County CRS class rating increases to 8

    Brunswick County has met the standards to increase its Community Rating System (CRS) class rating from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to an 8, qualifying for a discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies.

  • County releases latest GenX water test results

    Brunswick County released additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply April 11.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    Samples taken March 22 showed decreased GenX levels from results released earlier in the month, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • Calabash seeks emergency answers

    CALABASH — Town commissioners scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. this past Tuesday, April 17, with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts to discuss fire and emergency management plans for the southern end of the county.

    Commissioner Cecelia Herman brought up the issue at the April 10 town board meeting, stating a meeting would provide an opportunity to question emergency management services and where the money goes.

  • Duo’s opioid awareness walk crosses county

    CALABASH — On March 15, 2014, Brittany Bramble-McNatt, a Lilburn, Ga., 28-year-old with three sons, took her last breath after overdosing on heroin.

    Exactly two years later, her older brother Brett Bramble, now 33, of Atlanta took his first steps along the American Discovery Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware to honor her memory. He completed the trail in November that year when he arrived in San Francisco.

  • Fire fees concern raised in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioner Gere Dale is among officials in southern Brunswick County concerned about a possible fire fee hike.

    At the town board of commissioners monthly meeting last Thursday, April 12, Dale distributed information from the county on fire fees that he said raises concern about what the county plans to do.

    “I was very upset when I read this exhibit,” he said, handing out copies of the information to fellow board members.

  • Leland, H2GO file joint charges against Belville in lawsuit

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Lawyers for Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO filed an amended complaint April 5 making them both plaintiffs fighting Belville’s ownership of H2GO’s assets.

    The new filing followed Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock’s March 9 decision to allow H2GO to join Leland in the lawsuit to stop Belville from receiving H2GO’s assets and moving to build a reverse osmosis plant.

  • Alligator hunt application period extended to June 1

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted rules for limited alligator hunting Feb. 28 for a 2018-19 alligator season that will take effect Aug. 1.

    Now anyone who wants to participate has an extra month to submit an application, until June 1, 2018.

    The commission created an alligator task force to create a North Carolina Alligator Management Plan, which was approved last October.

  • Deputies seek man in Shallotte robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of robbing three people in Shallotte.

    Hamilton John Ortiz Bones, 39, is wanted on charges of first-degree burglary and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny from the person, larceny after breaking and entering and assault by pointing a gun, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    An incident report shows two men robbed three people, including a 16-year-old girl, after 11 p.m. April 11 at 3005 High Meadows Drive. No one was injured.

  • Robber uses 2x4s to steal $140 from man in Leland

    Someone used 2x4s to rob a man of $140 in cash at Tommy’s Mini Mart in Leland on April 14.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, which labels the case as an aggravated assault and robbery, shows it happened after 6 p.m. at the store, 3280 Mount Misery Road.

    The victim, a 59-year-old man, was not taken to a medical center for treatment, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    No description of the robber was available.

  • Settlement reached over improper billing for portable oxygen

    Attorney General Josh Stein announced North Carolina will receive $43,671.23 as part of a $9.95 million settlement with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier. This settlement comes in response to allegations that Rotech knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicaid and Medicare.