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Today's News

  • Gastrointestinal outbreak reported at West Brunswick High School shelter

    West Brunswick High School evacuation officials are responding to reports of gastrointestinal symptoms at the local hurricane shelter.

    Shelter staff is working with the Brunswick County Health Department to institute enhanced cleaning methods and necessary measures, according to a health department news release Friday.

    "These reported symptoms are very typical of a norovirus, and the health department has begun its epidemiological work to confirm," the release states.

  • Untreated wastewater discharge reported Sept. 22 in Leland

    Leland utilities discovered about 8,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged from a manhole of the gravity sewer system on Kobus Court in the Magnolia Greens subdivision Sept. 22.

    The discharge flowed from the manhole lid to the street stormwater collection system, which flows into Jackeys Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin.

  • Shallotte aldermen OK debris removal plans, end state of emergency

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte aldermen at a Sept. 21 emergency meeting approved proceeding with plans for debris removal following Hurricane Florence with Crowdergulf Disaster Recovery & Debris Management of Theodore, Ala., and Landfall Strategies of Sarasota, Fla.

  • BCAR: county real estate market exceeds expectations through September

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued to demonstrate strength approaching the end of summer, according to the latest statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of new listings in August 2018 was up 20 percent compared with August 2017, while total sales volume dropped by 5.5 percent. The average sale price increased slightly, up almost 4 percent over last year.

  • USDA provides free meals to students in hurricane disaster areas

    All students in disaster areas affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina will be able to enjoy free school meals provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program through Oct. 26. This and additional measures has to potential to benefit 31 school districts and more than 284,000 children.

  • Mold in buildings flooded by hurricane presents health risks

    As North Carolinians begin to clean up debris and building interiors that may have been exposed to flooding or standing water caused by Hurricane Florence, state health officials are cautioning them to be mindful of the hazards associated with mold and other contaminants that may be present inside homes and other buildings.

    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, mold growth should be cleaned up as quickly as possible and any water problems, such as leaks in roofs, walls and plumbing, should be fixed to help control moisture inside a building.

  • Brunswick County issues voluntary evacuation for all areas impacted by Waccamaw floodplain

    A voluntary evacuation for all areas impacted by the Waccamaw floodplain is now in effect starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. 

    This includes Brunswick Plantation. Brunswick County issued the voluntary evacuation after staff observed the Waccamaw River by air. The river is steadily rising and is expected to crest on Friday, Sept. 21. 

    To view Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram's Facebook video, copy and paste and go to: tinyurl.com/y8mg4tsw

  • HHS awards funds to combat opioid crisis in North Carolina

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $34,176,742 in opioid-related funding to help North Carolina combat the crisis.

    Nationwide, HHS awarded more than $1 billion to all states. The awards, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy.

  • State sees surge in malicious email

    North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) reminds email users to eye electronic communications closely. Malicious emails sent to the state of North Carolina increased more than 60 percent during the days leading up to the landfall of Hurricane Florence, state chief risk officer Maria Thompson said.

  • State seeks public comment on transportation projects

    State officials want to hear from the public on what local projects should be priorities in the state’s next 10-year transportation plan, called the State Transportation Improvement Program. Data and local input are used to determine which projects get built based on a funding formula aimed at reducing congestion, increasing safety and promoting economic growth.