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  • Teen wanted on attempted murder charges turns self in

    A teen wanted on two attempted murder charges in Brunswick County turned himself in in Columbus County on Saturday, April 21.

    Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco also faces a misdemeanor charge of injury to personal property.

    Warrants show Watkins tried to kill two people and damaged a third person’s vehicle in excess of $200 on April 19.  

  • Nomination deadline extended for North Carolina awards

    The nomination period for the 2018 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state, has been extended to May 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, and administered by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the award recognizes “notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens” in the fields of literature, science, fine arts and public service.

  • 2018 N.C. Drone Summit and Flight Expo

    The 2018 North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo (NC Drone SAFE) at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center from Aug. 5-7 in Greensboro will feature speakers, exhibitors and flight demonstrators from around the world that showcase the present and future of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drone) industry. 

    The N.C Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s UAS Program Office is hosting the event to bring together key leaders from the research, commercial and public safety community across N.C. and the nation. 

  • 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.