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  • Emergency rooms feel brunt of mental health deficiencies

    On a recent Monday, Dr. William Sherrod’s 12-bed emergency department had three beds, or 25 percent of its capacity, occupied with mental illness or detox patients.

    As the hours passed, waiting for their referrals or for a bed to open at a treatment facility, two sheriff’s deputies waited with the patients, as they’re required to do by law.

  • Law enforcement officers get training to learn to deal with mental health issues

    The call comes over the radio—10-73.

    A sheriff’s deputy responds.

    But is the average law enforcement officer’s eight to 12 hours of mental health training enough to properly assess the crisis to which they are responding?

    When someone calls 911 with a suicidal patient or similar crisis, sheriff’s deputies or municipal police officers are the first responders.

    Efforts are under way at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to increase each deputy’s training so they are properly equipped to assess and handle a mental subject.

  • New community mobile crisis unit up and running, assisting seven counties 24 hours a day

    WILMINGTON—Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the mobile crisis management team at Evergreen Behavioral Management is ready to respond to a crisis—immediately.

    Covering seven counties in southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County, they’ll respond within two hours, face-to-face, to provide immediate support, services and treatment; crisis response, stabilization and intervention; and crisis prevention.

  • Committee of 100 cataloging skills, training students for the future

    Although they aren’t recruiting industry for their business park anymore, members of the South Brunswick Island Committee of 100 are staying busy with projects designed to help new businesses and train young entrepreneurs.

    Executive director Robert Stinson said this week the committee is putting together a database of skills available in the county’s retirement community so new businesses will have resources to draw on.

  • Commissioners eye solutions for Lockwood's dwindling water quality

    BOLIVIA—If you’ve never heard of bioremediation before, you’re probably not alone.

    Bioremediation enlists bacteria or microbes to destroy hazardous or toxic compounds, including organic waste.

    It’s been around since 1992 but “still hasn’t gone as far as it should,” Joe Robertson, of the Georgia-based Enviremed, explained to Brunswick County Commissioners Thursday afternoon.

    “It’s really bio-augmentation,” Robertson explained.

  • Proposed animal welfare changes agreeable with local department

    Brunswick County has no issues with animal welfare rules slated to be voted on by the state General Assembly this Thursday.

    Richard Cooper, director of Brunswick County Animal Services, said the local shelter meets the new guidelines.

    Proposed changes have been on the agenda of the Brunswick County Board of Health for discussion for the past couple of monthly meetings, including Monday night.

  • Proposed rule changes to affect Brunswick beaches

    Up and down the North Carolina Coast, officials with the Coastal Resources Commission and the Division of Coastal Management had public hearings for input on the proposed change to oceanfront setback rules this week and last.

    Brunswick County had its turn Monday night, but if you couldn’t make it out to the public hearing, there is still time to be heard.

    The final public hearing is slated for 5 p.m. July 24 at the CRC’s regular meeting at the Holiday Inn Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

  • Planning board approves rezoning, special exception

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board approved two map amendments and a special exception at their regular meeting Monday night.

    Board members approved a request to rezone 7.18 acres off Pirate Shores Drive, Patrick Street, Dal Street, and Shane Street of Seashore Road near Holden Beach to medium-density residential from high-density residential.

    Also approved was a request to rezone 8.17 acres on Barnhill Road off U.S. 17 near Shallotte to industrial general from rural residential. The associated land-use map amendment was also approved.

  • Woman's final wishes honored at Calabash restaurant

    CALABASH—All her life, Norma Ebert loved visiting the beach.

    When she and her sister, Laura, were growing up in Durham, vacationing at the beach and dining in Calabash were part of their family’s summer routine.

    “We all would come every summer back down on the coast, usually this area,” said Laura Urbanik, who now lives in Shallotte. “This was our place to be, and we’d always go to the Seafood Hut.”

  • County board nixes sewer for Carolina Shores North

    BOLIVIA—A county utility board decided Monday to scrap a possibility of extending sewer service to Carolina Shores North.

    The decision came after the nine-member board heard from residents on both sides of the issue.

    The board also heard from county engineering clerk Beverly Adams, who said discrepancies were detected in returned surveys issued by the department to determine whether a majority of property owners in the unincorporated community want sewer.