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Today's News

  • Sheriff announces program to address opioid crisis

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram announced the creation of a new program targeting the county’s opioid crisis.

    The program, called the Anchor Initiative, will accept addicts who are ready for help and get them into detox then treatment at a low-cost/no-cost facility in the state. The program is modeled on the Hope Initiative in Nashville, N.C.

  • DEQ suspends GenX manufacturers’ permit, seeks its revocation

    The chemical company responsible for the contaminant GenX in the Cape Fear River could lose its discharge permit because of a month-long delay reporting a spill.

    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan announced Nov. 16 the state moved to revoke The Chemours Co.’s permit to discharge processed wastewater after the company failed to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

  • Lives celebrated, memories cherished at annual service

     

  • Run OIB approved for 2018 with changes to alleviate traffic

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The 2018 Run OIB 5K and half-marathon is set for a new date with a slight change in the race route to ease runner versus traffic issues.

    The Ocean Isle Beach board tabled an October permit request for 2018 until the Nov. 14 town meeting after commissioners asked both staff and run organizers David Hutnik and Johnna Terragna of Coastal Race Productions take another look at the race routes.

  • Local Operation Christmas Child collection brings in thousands of gifts for children worldwide

     

  • Annual banquet calls attention to hunger and homelessness

    Homelessness resources in Brunswick County

    Hope Harbor Home is for single women and women with children who are victims of domestic violence to assists in moving on to permanent housing.

    Gateway Landing, which offers a 12-month, faith-based residential program for men with life-controlling issues like substance abuse.

    Brunswick County Streetreach, which coordinates interfaith sheltering during winter and access to shelter during summer.

  • Former town clerk under state investigation

    A Sandy Creek town councilwoman-elect is under investigation for her stint as town clerk.

    Tina Colby received 25 votes, the most among four candidates, to take one of two open seats on the Sandy Creek board Nov. 7. Her sister, Anna Knapp, received 22 votes to claim the second seat.

    Voters picked Colby and Knapp over incumbents Stephen Permenter and Mildred Miller.

    But an investigation Permenter began by contacting the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office over employee benefit discrepancies continues.

  • Sheriff’s office: Bolivia woman stole $317K from 91-year-old widow

    BOLIVIA — A Bolivia woman is accused of stealing more than $317,000 in property and money from a 91-year-old Ocean Isle Beach widow.

    Pamela Varnam Jackson, 61, of Center Court was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with exploitation of disabled/elder trust and obtaining more than $100,000 in property by false pretense.

  • Grant provides incentive for manufacturer to locate in Leland

    Mike Hargett, Brunswick County’s director of economic development and planning, will propose county commissioners seek a North Carolina Department of Commerce Existing Building Reuse grant and provide matching funds at their Nov. 20 meeting as an incentive for a new industry to move into Leland Industrial Park.

    Hargett said ITI Technologies Inc. plans to operate a manufacturing facility in an existing building at 2080 Enterprise Drive in the park. ITI makes an additive for soil remediation, a mineral additive for livestock feed and a fertilizer enhancer, he said.

  • Sunset Beach tallies give Harris 662-vote win over Sherrill’s 660

    BOLIVIA — Sunset Beach Town Council candidate Jan Harris received one more absentee vote in canvass-day tallies Friday, giving her 662 votes to former councilman Wilson Sherrill’s 660 votes to win a third available seat on the five-member town board.

    “It’s a win for Sunset Beach,” Harris said after the hour-and-a-half-long sessions adjourned Friday morning at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Bolivia.