Today's News

  • You decide: what’s the new outlook for jobs?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    A few years ago, a couple of economists made a big splash by predicting almost half of occupations in the country had a big chance of being replaced by automation and technology in coming decades. Unemployment rates would soar to double digits and stay there. The economists’ forecast revived fears of “technological unemployment” posing a bigger threat to jobs than any future recession.

  • Comment period extended to Oct. 12 for draft GenX report

    The N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board has extended the comment period for the public to provide recommendations on a draft report that provides guidance on the reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards, as well as recommendations on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX. The draft report was prepared by the board which advises the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as the agencies work to address emerging compounds statewide.

  • Hurricane causes H2GO pump station failure

    The H2GO pump station in Stoney Creek Plantation, one of the hardest hit areas in Brunswick County, was submerged in floodwaters during Hurricane Florence.

    The pump controls and diesel-powered backup generator failed in the submerged floodwaters. The failure resulted in 228,000 gallons of untreated sewage mixing with floodwaters during the peak of the storm.

    As soon as floodwater receded Sept. 19, H2GO staff restored operations with a temporary diesel-powered bypass pump.

  • McLeod Health to host blood drive Oct. 11

    The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Center for Health & Fitness in Loris, S.C., on Thursday, Oct. 11.

    Blood donors must present two forms of identification, be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant siren testing Oct. 10

    The outdoor warning sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.Wednesday, Oct. 10.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Gastrointestinal outbreak reported at West Brunswick High School shelter

    West Brunswick High School evacuation officials dealt with reports of gastrointestinal symptoms at the shelter Friday.

    “These reported symptoms are very typical of a norovirus, and the health department has begun its epidemiological work to confirm (it),” Brunswick County Health Department officials announced in a Sept. 21 news release.

    Brunswick County Health and Human Services executive director David Stanley said four people at the shelter complained of gastrointestinal symptoms Thursday evening, Sept. 20.

  • Services Coordinating Council cancels Health and Wellness Day and Community Expo

    The Services Coordinating Council, which has worked for three years to assist Northern Brunswick residents in need, announced Wednesday it had to cancel the Health and Wellness Day and Community Expo planned for Saturday, Sept. 29.

  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Saturday at BCC

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a Disaster Recovery Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium at 150 College Road NE on the Brunswick Community College campus in Bolivia.

    Beginning Saturday, Sept. 29, the center's hours will be:

  • Florence keeps county in emergency mode

    BOLIVIA — While county offices were closed Sept. 11-24, the emergency services building became the county hub of activity as the Emergency Operations Center kept up with Brunswick County residents’ needs throughout Hurricane Florence.

    Emergency services director Brian Watts has been in Brunswick County since December 2002. County Manager Ann Hardy came to Brunswick County in 1995 through Brunswick County Schools and joined the county in 2005.

    Neither had seen anything like Hurricane Florence.

  • Disaster debris removal approved to start at end of week

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners were all able reach the county complex in Bolivia on Sept. 19 to meet for the first time following Hurricane Florence to enact the multi-jurisdictional disaster debris contract with Landfall Strategies.

    The board members voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the debris contract.