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  • Support growing for naming three stretches of I-140 for Brunswick County native sons

    Three submissions to name one bridge on Interstate 140 over the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County have found a way to share the road.

    But the supporters will still have to convince the North Carolina Department of Transportation to agree to change its highway naming policies.

    At the beginning of the year, Brunswick County commissioners passed a resolution to name the I-140 bridge for former county commissioner Bill Sue, an effort started by his wife, Bidgie Sue.

  • Fire commission sends standards to county commissioners

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Fire Commission finished creating department standards at a May 24 meeting for county commissioners to consider accepting in June.

    Three of the five county commissioners will already be familiar with the recommendations from serving on the fire commission. Randy Thompson joined Mike Forte as county representatives to the commission after Pat Sykes resigned during a May 10 budget meeting.

    Sykes at first made a motion to dissolve the fire commission, stating it completed its job, and direct staff to perform a funding review.

  • H2GO to add Brunswick Family Assistance to customer donation program

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members agreed to add Brunswick Family Assistance to ITS Operation Round Up Program at the May 22 meeting, held at the Leland commissioners’ meeting room.

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director, gave a presentation at H2GO’s April 17 board meeting at the invitation of Commissioner Trudy Trombley.

  • Federal judge: Chemours must allow outside water testing

    A federal judge ruled that The Chemours Co. must allow outside testing of potentially contaminated water.

    Chemours 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.

  • NOAA promotes preparedness as 2018 hurricane season begins June 1

    A named storm formed before the beginning of the hurricane season for a fourth consecutive year, but Brunswick County was more concerned with heavy Memorial Day rains that set records in some areas.

  • Leland man cleared of charges in stabbing case

     Leland man accused of stabbing two people last year has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge C. Ashley Gore voluntarily dismissed simple assault resisting a public officer and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against 55-year-old Norman Marshall Gore of Malmo Loop Road on May 15.

    Gore was arrested Dec. 16 and initially charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Warrants show he stabbed a woman with a pencil three times, puncturing her skin, and stabbed a man with a butter knife, puncturing his skin.

  • State ABC Commission fines two county businesses

    The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission recently fined two Brunswick County businesses.

    Midway Seafood on Midway Road in Bolivia is required to pay the state a fine of $3,000 by June 8 or serve a 30-day suspension of its permit to sell alcohol for selling malt beverages Jan. 22-30to a person younger than 21, state ABC Commission documents show.

  • Message in a bottle found at Holden Beach helps heal grief

    Katie Lynn Bell of Benton, La., celebrated her 18th birthday March 17, 2017, and was looking forward to graduating in a few months. But Bell died in a two-vehicle collision March 25, 2017, just south of her hometown.

    News of her death and a celebration of her life extended around the country. One of Bell’s favorite singers, Katy Perry, even tweeted a tribute to her.

    Her death prompted her friend Cassidy Williams of Panama City, Fla., to let the world know about Bell and her legacy in a unique way: with a message in a bottle.

  • Bird Island committee takes flight into summer

    SUNSET BEACH — With summer just around the bend, an advisory committee convened last week to put plans into place for another season at Bird Island.

    Weekly walks to the state reserve and summer interns and surveys were among agenda topics at the May 22 meeting that took place in the Sunset Beach Town Hall conference room.

  • Aquarium releases rehabilitated sea turtle

    More than 250 people stood together on the beach at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on May 23 waiting for a special guest to emerge from a park ranger truck. Members of the Animal Care Team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher maneuvered and lifted their charge from the truck bed and carried it closer to the shore.