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  • P&W Waste Oil Services owner pleads guilty to contaminating Leland site

    P&W Waste Oil Services pleaded guilty Monday, July 15, in federal court to unlawful handling of a toxic substance at a facility in Leland.

    The facility at 10518 Royster Road NE is one-tenth of a mile east of the Cape Fear River and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife recognized wetland.

    The resulting contamination was so widespread that the Leland facility has been declared a Superfund site. Superfund is a federal environmental program established to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

  • Oak Island dumps hurricane access stickers, charges $5 for parking decal

    Oak Island residents’ red and green hurricane re-entry stickers will—like a Christmas tree—be good through the holidays, then go in the trash after the new year.

    The town had offered the stickers to taxpayers to allow them access to their property in the event of a hurricane, town manager Steve Foster said.

    As a courtesy, the town also designated the stickers to allow residents or property owners to park in spaces marked for town vehicles.

    “This allowed taxpayers preferred parking close to the beach,” Foster said.

  • New tenants, new tag Shallotte’s focus in July

    Shallotte is interested in tenants and taglines.

    The town purchased a building at 114 Wall St., across the parking lot from the town hall complex.

    The building is 3,000 square feet broken into three bays.

    After some minor renovations, the administration will offer the space for lease.

    “The ideal would be to find a prospective tenant who wants all three bays for the long term,” Mayor Sara McCullough said.

  • Logging truck overturns on Maco Road, cuts power for 10 hours

    An 18-wheel wood hauler rolled over on Maco Road in Leland early Monday evening, July 15, tearing down power lines and leaving about 270 customers without power.

    The driver of the hauler, 32-year-old Michael Dawson of Lake Waccamaw, was wearing his seat belt and climbed out through the windshield after the truck cab came to rest on the passenger’s side.

    Dawson was taken to New Hanover Medical Center by Brunswick County Emergency Services responders to be treated for cuts and bruises on his head.

  • Winnabow woman celebrates 99th birthday

    Mary Bellamy celebrated her 99th birthday Sunday, July 14, at the home of her daughter, Velva Jenkins, in Leland.

    Bellamy lives with Jenkins and is a client of Interim Healthcare, which provides a home health nurse to assist her. On Friday, Interim Healthcare brought a cake to Bellamy to celebrate a couple days early.

    “She is a very lively, vivacious lady,” Jessica Hill, Interim Healthcare area director, said.

    Bellamy said she’s a “happy old lady.” She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and chewing tobacco.

  • Shopping center on N.C. 211 at Midway back on track

    Construction on one shopping center on N.C. 211 is moving forward while another is still viable, Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw said.

    A planned shopping center at Midway Road and N.C. 211 is back on schedule with developers Wakefield and Associates of Raleigh building 90,000 square feet of leasable space.

    A new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods store will anchor the development. The grocery store will also run a fueling station.

  • Corey laid up by shark bite, but not knocked down

    A shark bite put Barbara Corey on the local 11 o’clock news and then on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    Corey was teaching a surf lesson to Cassandra Calloway in about 4 feet of water on Holden Beach, not far from the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “It was rough and the water was murky. It was so rough I was holding onto (Cassandra’s) board so the current didn’t take her down the beach,” Corey said.

    “Then I felt like I was slammed by a freight train with teeth.”

  • Southport hospital gets $8.5 million for improvements

    Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport will receive $8.5 million in federal funds to make facility improvements.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will provide Dosher with an $8.5 million low-interest loan to convert its 25 acute care patient beds into private rooms.

    Renovations in 16 of the rooms will include new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, new windows, toilet rooms, handwalls and patient care areas.

    One new room will be equipped for patient isolation.

  • McCrery shapes surfboards for Brunswick County waves

    Jesse McCrery has been up to his neck in the Brunswick County surf since he was 9.

    Growing up in Wilmington and Ocean Isle Beach, he began surfing at that age and, by the time he was 11, he had a sponsorship.

    During his years as a sponsored surfer, he learned a few things about what makes a good surfboard. He now shapes surfboards for a new generation of Brunswick County surfers.

  • Sunny Point furloughs raise concern

    Furloughs recently launched at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point are unnecessary and even dangerous, a Sunny Point firefighter and union representative says.

    On July 8, nearly 250 civilian Army employees were furloughed one day a week at the military terminal near Southport as part of federal sequestration.

    As a result, the workers’ pay will be reduced 20 percent through September, says Bill McGuire, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1708.