Local News

  • County unemployment continues increase, above 7 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has risen nearly one full point in two months, to 7.1 percent in June, since hitting a low of 6.2 percent in April.

    The numbers are up for a second month after rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in May.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County crept back above 7 percent just as it did one year ago when the June 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Town Creek Park senior site adds to BSRI 2015 projects

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) is preparing to open a 10th senior site in the county.

    County commissioners approved a request from BSRI at their July 20 meeting for more than $29,000 to fund a nutrition site in the Town Creek Park community building: $2,628 to purchase set-up equipment and $26,580 to operate the site for one year.

    BSRI provides programs and services for Brunswick County residents 60 and older — a population that is estimated at more than 40,000.

  • East end street closings hearing Sept. 8

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will host a public hearing on commissioners’ intent to permanently close portions of eight streets on the east end of the island for a planned development.

    At their July 14 town meeting, town commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary conceptual plan for the 47-lot, gated development on the east end of the island beyond Shallotte Boulevard.

  • Fort Anderson Confederate flag in need of repair

    Controversy over displaying the Confederate flag has arisen in Southern states following the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    But the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson visitor’s center in Winnabow has had to take down its Confederate flag for another reason: To save it from deteriorating.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian, said the flag, which has been on display on a wall in the museum, was ready for an upgraded display with a conservation-grade case.

  • Sunset Beach OKs funding merchants group

    SUNSET BEACH — Following lengthy debate, town council has approved a compromise giving $15,000 to the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association for the next four months along with a separate request for proposals (RFP) measure requiring tourism and marketing entities to apply for funding in the future.

    Council also approved a town grant funding policy for nonprofits requiring a 1:1 cash match.

  • Carolina Shores expected to oppose sales tax change

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to approve a resolution Thursday opposing another sales tax redistribution measure in North Carolina.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said while Senate Bill 369 proposing sales tax redistribution was withdrawn, the measure has re-emerged in the state budget.

  • Former Leland police officer makes first appearance on attempted murder charges

     A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September made his first appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court this week on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.

  • Leland man accused of posing as out-of-town lawyer faces contempt charges

     A Leland man who was disbarred earlier this year is accused of impersonating a lawyer in Columbus County traffic court.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Nicholas Andrew Stratas was arrested July 28 and charged with three counts of criminal contempt of court, clerk of court Jess Hill said.

    Stratas identified himself as James Smith, a New Hanover County lawyer, and said he was representing a defendant on a speeding violation during a traffic court session last week, Hill said.

  • Emergency response personnel conduct hazardous materials exercise

     SUNNY POINT — First responders rushed to the scene at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week to assess a simulated situation in which a tractor-trailer carrying explosives collided with a railcar that contained hazardous materials.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services officials organized the full-scale exercise that was held July 28 just a stone’s throw from the terminal entrance at Sunny Point.

  • Former school board member indicted on embezzlement charges

     A former Brunswick County Board of Education member was indicted last week on embezzlement charges more than two years after his arrest.

    A grand jury indicted Raymond Carl Gilbert on two counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.