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  • BCC board sets meeting with firms to find new president

    SUPPLY — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees plan to talk with two search firms for a new college president when it resumes its June 22 meeting at 2 p.m. July 11.

    Current president Dr. Susanne Adams announced in February she will retire in January. The college’s first female president, Adams joined BCC in 2011 with more than 35 years of education experience, mainly in North Carolina and Virginia community college systems.

    Trustees began their June 22 meeting immediately after their annual retreat at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Leland sets public hearing on special assessment district

    LELAND — Town council members will host a public hearing July 19 for comments on a plan to create a public-private partnership with Brunswick Forest that’s intended to start a new phase of development.

    Council members on June 21 unanimously adopted a preliminary assessment resolution, part of state statute 153A-239.3(a1) requirements to establish a Brunswick Forest Special Assessment District (BFSAD) to help Jeff Earp’s Funston Land & Timber LLC, developer of Brunswick Forest, build infrastructure for new homes and businesses.

  • Sheriff’s office conducts active shooter drill at courthouse

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office used the county courthouse to conduct an active shooter training exercise June 21 after at least six months of planning.

    The sheriff’s office began clearing the courthouse and setting up for the drill between noon and 1 p.m., with the drill lasting until 5 p.m.

    Sheriff John Ingram said June 21 was picked for the drill because a judges’ conference off campus meant fewer court cases, allowing for less disruption with the closing of the courthouse.

  • Sheriff’s office conducts active shooter drill at courthouse

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office used the county courthouse to conduct an active shooter training exercise June 21 after at least six months of planning.

    The sheriff’s office began clearing the courthouse and setting up for the drill between noon and 1 p.m., with the drill lasting until 5 p.m.

    Sheriff John Ingram said June 21 was picked for the drill because a judges’ conference off campus meant fewer court cases, allowing for less disruption with the closing of the courthouse.

  • Breault to resign from Belville town board

    BELVILLE — Belville Mayor Pro Tem Joe Breault, who came up with the idea of the amenity-filled Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, announced at the June 26 meeting he will resign from the town board in July.

    “This is hard for me. I love our town and for (more than) six years I’ve had the honor and privilege of representing my friends and my neighbors. More, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of people,” Breault said.

  • H2GO board majority votes for rate study, litigation committee

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board approved a new water rage analysis and created a litigation committee at its June 19 meeting.

    The majority — chairman Jeff Gerken and commissioners Trudy Trombley and Bill Beer — outvoted commissioners Rodney McCoy and Ron Jenkins to hire a new financial consultant to perform the rate study just two years after Raftelis, H2GO’s consultant on a reverse osmosis plant project, delivered a rate study.

  • DHHS adds risk level recommendations for drinking water testing

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report on health effects of PFOS and PFOA, part of a group of compounds including GenX known as PFAS, that includes proposals for revised minimum risk levels for PFOS and PFOA and new minimum risk levels for PFHxS and PFNA.

    In June 2017, Brunswick County Public Utilities and county officials learned GenX and other PFAS compounds were found in the Cape Fear River, the source of the county’s drinking water.

  • NWS offers additional hurricane season information

    Wilmington-based meteorologists from the National Weather Service followed up on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s May 24 hurricane season forecast with a June 15 report on hurricane activity near the Brunswick County coast.

  • Firefighters perform smoke alarm canvass as state fire deaths rise

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Tommy Moore, Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department’s new assistant chief, thought he and fellow firefighters would be lucky Saturday if they installed just two of the 24 alarms they received via the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

    They installed 18.

    Moore, firefighter Blake Ingram and volunteer Kevin Dempsey Sr. canvassed homes on Eastbrook Avenue just off N.C. 179 starting at 9 a.m. as part of a statewide effort to reduce fire fatalities.

    North Carolina had 83 fire deaths in 2017.

  • Shallotte man facing heroin charges held on more than $1M bail

    A Shallotte man facing felony heroin charges is being held on $1,100,000 bail at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested Robert Lawrence Bridgers, 52, of Kingfisher Drive on June 15 and charged him with conspiring to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, trafficking heroin, maintaining a dwelling used for selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.