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  • BCC trustees choose Dr. Gene Smith as new president

    BOLIVIA—In a unanimous vote after a closed session during their regular meeting Thursday night, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees chose Dr. Gene Smith for the position held by Dr. Susanne Adams, the college’s first female president.

    Adams announced in February she will retire in January. Smith will assume the position Jan. 2. Trustee chair Alan Holden said Smith has already been advised of his hiring and has accepted the position.

  • BCC trustees choose Dr. Gene Smith as new president

    BOLIVIA—In a unanimous vote after a closed session during their regular meeting Thursday night, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees chose Dr. Gene Smith for the position held by Dr. Susanne Adams, the college’s first female president.

    Adams announced in February she will retire in January. Smith will assume the position Jan. 2. Trustee chair Alan Holden said Smith has already been advised of his hiring and has accepted the position.

  • Endowment awards $500,000 in grants to area nonprofits

    The North Carolina Community Foundation has announced $500,000 in grant awards across eastern North Carolina from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment.

    Grants were awarded to nonprofits serving education, health and human services in 41 eastern counties, including:

    • $50,000 to the Coastal Horizons Center Inc. in New Hanover County supporting the Wilmington Health Access for Teens, which provides comprehensive mental health and primary care services at five sites in New Hanover County with four school-based health centers in the public high schools.

  • NCDOT seeks entries for inaugural Mobi Awards

    The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to honor North Carolina towns, cities and counties that have completed multimodal transportation projects that spurred economic development, created jobs, improved public health and enhanced communities.

    NCDOT is seeking entries for its inaugural NCDOT Mobi Awards (Mobility). The Mobi Awards will showcase the important role that investments in aviation, bike and pedestrian facilities, ferries, public transportation, roadways and rail play in creating healthy, vibrant communities and sparking economic development.

  • New digital platform designed to simplify doing business with DMV

    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will launch a new online payment platform Saturday so customers can complete several types of vehicle registration transactions online.

    Customers will eventually be able to use the myNCDMV platform to complete other services, in addition to vehicle registration transactions. The new online platform marks an improvement because people who currently conduct business online with the NCDMV must complete one transaction and then log in again to complete a second transaction.

  • Thompson chosen to lead NCACC Environment Steering Committee

    Brunswick County Board of Commissioners vice chairman Randy Thompson has been selected chairman of the NCACC Environment Steering Committee.

    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Environment Steering Committee helps shape the NCACC’s policies on laws and administrative rules that involve the environment or environmental protection. Steering committees also help review legislative goals submitted by NCACC members, make recommendations and take action on the submitted goals.

  • ‘Miracle doctor’ helps blind see eSight high-tech light

    CALABASH — No one was taking vision for granted when Dr. Mary Sedgwick, wearing her new eSight electronic glasses, walked into the meeting room at the Calabash Fire Department last Thursday with her Leader Dog Lucy guiding the way.

    Fifteen years ago, Sedgwick told the roomful of attendees, including people with sight and blindness issues, she was a practicing OB-GYN.

    “I had vision problems with my optic nerve and had to go out from practicing,” said the Asheville resident.

  • Officials share plans to transform their towns

    SUPPLY — Carolina Shores, Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte representatives shared updates on projects that are transforming their towns at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Biz breakfast Nov. 8.

    Town officials, Chamber members and others gathered at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. in Supply where Randy Thompson welcomed the representatives from towns in District 1, the district he represents on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioner.

  • Navassa Superfund site already marketable

    NAVASSA — While there is still work to be done to prepare the Navassa Superfund site for redevelopment, town officials learned Nov. 8 they could start work on rezoning the location to insure the development they want comes there.

    Superfund site officials said they are still testing 368 soil samples and 53 monitoring wells, but a clear idea of what could be used for new development is coming into focus.

  • Annual banquet focuses on hunger and homelessness

    SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition hosted its seventh annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet in Shallotte to share information about poverty-related problems and their impact on Brunswick County.

    The Nov. 10 event was held as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 10-18.

    Brunswick County commissioner Mike Forte presented organizers with a resolution that was approved at the August county board meeting proclaiming Brunswick County recognizes Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the efforts of the BCHC.