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Today's News

  • OIB candidates answer residents’ questions at forum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — All four candidates for two Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioner seats up for election Nov. 7 participated in a Sept. 27 forum at town hall.

    Mayor Debbie Smith, who is running unopposed for re-election, also attended to answer questions from constituents.

    Caroline Blythe was appointed to serve out the term David Grantham vacated in April 2016. She said she is running to keep the town financially sound, to protect the beach, continue canal improvements and support police and fire departments.

  • Belville begins negotiations for development at park

    Belville commissioners authorized Sept. 25 the creation of a work group to begin negotiations with a potential client to build a restaurant at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the working group will include town planner John Allen, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge and commissioner Joe Breault to work with Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co.

    In August 2016, the board agreed unanimously to approve a listing agreement with Maus, Warwick Matthews & Co. to pursue tenants for the restaurant and retail space in the park.

  • Another online petition targets helicopter tour business

    Property owners at odds with helicopter tours out of Ocean Isle Beach’s Odell Williamson Municipal Airport have led to a second online petition, this time by Sunset Beach residents opposing the business.

    Peter Anlyan created the Stop the Chopper petition on thepetitionsite.com, which has 38 supporters, 19 of them from Sunset Beach, with a goal of 100 signatures.

    “Everyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a nuisance,” Anlyan said.

  • Multi-use path cost increase leads Leland to seek third grant

    LELAND — Eleven months after choosing to keep spending to build a multi-use path along Old Fayetteville Road, Leland officials again had to decide if the project was worth pursuing.

    Town Manager David Hollis told council members Sept. 28 the cost of the project, originally estimated at $380,000 then increased to $543,000, had gone up to $2.2 million. He recommended they send the project back to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to request a third round of grant funding.

  • Causey’s tour of county includes fire departments

    SUPPLY — Mike Causey serves a dual state role: not only is he North Carolina’s insurance commissioner, he is also its fire marshal.

    That’s why Causey spent part of his Sept. 26 tour of Brunswick County at fire stations in Supply, Bolivia and Leland.

    While at the Supply Volunteer Fire Department on Southport-Supply Road SE near N.C. 211 and U.S. 17, Causey said he was surprised to hear personnel there say they respond to more rescue and wreck calls than fires.

  • County releases latest GenX test results

    Brunswick County released the latest GenX testing results from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday as part of a series of updates since the chemical’s manufacturer stopped wastewater discharge in the Cape Fear River, from which the county draws its drinking water.

    Water samples taken Sept. 14 from raw water entering the NWTP had GenX levels of 20.3 parts per trillion, Brunswick County spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said. Tests on the finished water showed levels of 25.9 parts per trillion.

  • County OKs youth football travel team equipment loan

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will allow a team of 10- to 11-year-old Brunswick Youth Football League players to use county equipment for a national football tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., despite concerns of setting a precedent for loaning county property.

    “Be aware, you will have others come (to you) with good causes,” County Manager Ann Hardy said during the commissioners’ agenda meeting Monday afternoon.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were not in session last week. However, we had an important first meeting of the new House Select Committee on N.C. River Quality. We had a daylong visit from the N.C. Commissioner of Insurance, and we had interesting county events Saturday.

  • On Campus with BCC: Seeking individuals who want to make a life-saving difference

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Employees of all ages generally agree on the qualities

    that make a career truly rewarding: teamwork,

    purpose and lasting value, family sustaining wages, and a balance of excitement and routine. It would be difficult to list careers that encompass all these qualities without including emergency services.

  • Turn breast cancer awareness toward overall wellness

    We have barely begun October, which is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hundreds of generous people throughout our community have already contributed to the cause in some way.

    Last Wednesday, Sept. 27, Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club finished hosting its 10th Annual Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament and Auction, which followed a fashion show the previous Sunday. We are happy to report the events raised more than $22,000 for the Pretty in Pink Foundation and Brunswick County residents diagnosed with breast cancer who have limited or no health insurance.