Local News

  • County unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in February from January’s 8.1 percent.

    The rate is still higher at the start of 2016 than 2015. February of 2015 was down to 7.5 percent from 8.0 percent unemployment in January 2015.

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

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate also fell slightly, to 5.7 percent in February from 5.8 percent in January.

  • Upcoming Sunset Beach meetings

    Sunset Beach land use public input meeting April 14

    The town of Sunset Beach will have a CAMA land use plan public input meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Held as part of the land use planning process, the meeting is structured to be “engaging, informative and fun” for those attending, according to a town press release.

    For more information on the project, go to www.plansunsetbeach.com or call town planning director Rawls Howard at (910) 579-0068.

    Council meeting April 19

  • Sunset Beach outlines priorities for five-year vision plan

    SUNSET BEACH — A stormwater program, capital projects and finishing the town park are among items topping a list of infrastructure priorities for the town.

    These and other preferential projects were outlined at a special Sunset Beach Town Council meeting this past Monday morning, April 11.

    Council also outlined staff-oriented preferences, with communications and operational efficiency topping that list, as well as economic preferences.

  • Carolina Shores area gets down to new business

    CAROLINA SHORES — A new Dollar General store, Goodwill store and furniture store are all on tap for new business in this area along U.S. 17.

    A new Dollar General store is under construction at 89 Hickman Road next to Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on U.S. 17.

    Crystal Ghassemi, spokeswoman for Dollar General corporate headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tenn., said the new 9,100-square-foot building includes 7,300 square feet designated sales space.

  • Run again, Cari, run: Van Winkle ready to race in second Boston Marathon

    SUNSET BEACH — She’s been rising early to run, not just for her health but in preparation for the 120th Boston Marathon.

    Next Monday, Sunset Beach businesswoman Cari Van Winkle plans to participate for the second year in the granddaddy of American races after qualifying through the 2015 Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Marathon.

    This year, she’ll be accompanied by her husband Rip as well as their two children, 7-year-old Nick and 5-year-old Sage, and neighbors George Edwards and Jane Ferriera.

  • Shallotte police seek couple in TV theft

    Shallotte police are looking for a couple who stole a flat-screen television from Wal-Mart on Main Street last week.

    A woman distracted a clerk about noon Wednesday, April 6, while her accomplice walked out of the store with a 55-inch Vizio TV valued at $468, Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    The woman is white with a slight build, short dark hair and bangs and was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt.

  • Detectives seek dirt bike stolen from Leland


  • Detectives seek man in Southport theft case

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who stole a thermostat from Lowe's Home Improvement store in Southport on Dec. 18, 2015.
    The man, described only as a slender white man with short dark hair, took the Nest device, valued at $250, off a shelf, hid it in the black hoodie he was wearing and walked out of the store at 5084 Southport-Supply Road at 3:50 p.m.
    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Seth Parmelee at 880-4881.

  • Marshals arrest two in Food Lion robbery


    U.S. Marshals out of Wilmington have arrested two men in connection with a March 23 robbery inside of Food Lion near Mt. Misery Road in Leland.

    Lt. Jeremy Humphries with the Leland Police Department, said that with the help of the media, anonymous tippers helped the department to identify one of the suspects as 25-year-old James Allen Staton. The second suspect, 20-year-old Jarrett Raekwan Packer, was identified by the victim of the robbery, who initially refused to cooperate with investigators. The name of the victim has not been released.

  • Sunset Beach teen found safe

      Sunset Beach Police have successfully located a teen reported missing Wednesday. According to Sunset Beach PD assistant chief of police, Brooke Erin Keegan was found to be alive and well at her home in Sunset Beach at 1:20 p.m. Thursday. He thanked everyone for getting information out regarding the case.