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Today's News

  • County hires lawyers for GenX water contamination case

    Brunswick County hired two law firms in preparation for a legal battle with the makers of GenX.

    The law firm of Baron & Budd P.C. and Harold Seagle of Seagle Law in North Carolina were hired as the legal representatives of the county against chemical companies Chemours, DuPont, and Kuraray, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    The three companies share the Fayetteville Works plant that has been identified as the source of the GenX discharge into the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water.

  • County keeps an eye on Irma, Jose

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Irma’s sustained winds had slowed to 50 mph while the storm moved Northwest through Georgia, 150 miles south of Atlanta about 5 p.m. Monday.

    Meanwhile Hurricane Jose, which was about 360 miles Northeast of the Bahamas, had sustained winds of 100 mph but was heading North in the Atlantic.

  • Trojans notch fifth-place finishes in league golf matches

     Laney captured the team title in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference golf match for the second time in as many tries. The Buccaneers beat the nearest competitor by 41 strokes during an 18-hole team match Aug. 31 at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. The course is a 4,471-yard par 71.

    Laney fired a team score of 235, which was a sizable cushion as Hoggard carded a 276 to secure a second-place finish.

  • Residents petition OIB to limit helicopter tours

    Two summers of helicopter tours flying over Ocean Isle Beach have some residents asking town officials, and the online community, to help find a way to clip their wings.

    Diane Williams of 96 Monroe St. spoke during public comment at the Aug. 8 Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners meeting about helicopters flying over her home.

    “I’m concerned about the helicopter tours that have become so prevalent as to become a nuisance,” she said. “They are loud, disruptive, constant and degrade the quality of our small-town atmosphere.”

  • Reed, Mokma lead cross country team to second-place finish

     West Brunswick cross country runners Ethan Reed and Brennan Mokma led the Trojans to a runner-up finish a cross country meet Aug. 31 that featured four Mideastern 3A/4A Conference teams.

    Reed and Mokma finished second and third, respectively, in the boys’ meet as West Brunswick posted an impressive 38 points to finish in second place in last week’s four-team meet.

    The Trojans finished just 15 points behind the meet champion, Hoggard.

    Reed finished the 3.1-mile track in 20:20.36, while Mokma was only a second behind at 20:21.10.

  • Hot Corner with Dean Saffos

     Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself, Coach Saffos.

  • County approves members for two commissions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County board members seated members on two separate commissions last month.

    County commissioners directed emergency services director Brian Watts on June 19 to form a fire commission to analyze the current fire services funding as well as other funding options to recommend a long-term solution to fire department needs, based on a fire study presented at a commissioners’ workshop May 3.

  • State files suit against GenX chemical company

    State agencies filed suit against The Chemours Company in Bladen County Superior Court on Tuesday to try to require the company to stop releasing all fluorinated compounds into the Cape Fear River — from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water — and disclose all compounds in its waste stream.

    The North Carolina Attorney General’s office filed the lawsuit seeking a court order against Chemours on behalf of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Compass Pointe Ladies win 17th annual Hope Harbor golf tourney
  • Advisories recommend hurricane plan after updated forecast

    After Hurricane Irma strayed from last week’s predicted path toward North Carolina, emergency services and weather agencies emphasized preparation if storms turn north.

    While Hurricane Irma moves toward Florida, the forecast for the Carolinas early next week remains uncertain, said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    “It’s too early to tell with certainty, and we can’t afford to let our guard down,” he said.