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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leland manager proposes budget to keep 21-cent tax rate

    LELAND — Leland Town Manager David Hollis presented town council members with a balanced budget proposal that would keep the tax rate at 21 cents for a second consecutive year at the town’s April 16 agenda meeting.

    Hollis’ proposal trimmed the list of items council members couldn’t agree to do without at an April 5 budget workshop.

  • Commissioners decide on water, sewer projects

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County engineering consultants recommended a reverse osmosis plant was the best method to treat drinking water for contaminants at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    CDM Smith was hired in January to study water treatment options and delivered a final recommendation at the county’s April 19 meeting.

  • County releases latest GenX water test results

    Brunswick County released additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply April 11.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    Samples taken March 22 showed decreased GenX levels from results released earlier in the month, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • 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.

  • Duo’s opioid awareness walk crosses county

    CALABASH — On March 15, 2014, Brittany Bramble-McNatt, a Lilburn, Ga., 28-year-old with three sons, took her last breath after overdosing on heroin.

    Exactly two years later, her older brother Brett Bramble, now 33, of Atlanta took his first steps along the American Discovery Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware to honor her memory. He completed the trail in November that year when he arrived in San Francisco.

  • 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.

  • Former BEAT president files complaint against ex-board member

    A founder and former president of the nonprofit Brunswick Environmental Action Team has taken legal action against a former BEAT board member, claiming she harassed him.

    Neil Gilbert of Sunset Beach filed a civil injunction and complaint for a no-contact order “for stalking or nonconsensual sexual conduct” March 7 against Kristen Colleran of Ocean Isle Beach.