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Today's News

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup to begin in 2019

    NAVASSA — More soil testing at Navassa’s Kerr-McGee Superfund site is planned for 2018, but officials said cleanup could begin by the start of 2019.

    Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, hosted a quarterly update meeting April 10 at Navassa Community Center.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leland man indicted on federal firearms charges

    A federal grand jury indicted a Leland man on possession of ammunition as a prohibited person and two counts of providing a false statement in connection with purchasing a firearm.

    Howard Joseph Burchfield, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison for each count if convicted, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release issued Wednesday.

  • BCC resolves problem identified in state audit

    Brunswick Community College has resolved the problem identified in an Office of the State Auditorreport released April 6 that showed the college did not report in a timely manner changes to its number of students who receive federal financial assistance.

    BCC gave $2.2 million in federal aid to 670 of its students the year ending June 30, 2017, with the audit testing a sample of 120 students who changed enrollment while under the federal aid program.

    The report showed more than a third of the students weren’t reported properly.