Local News

  • BEMC awards grants to local educators

     SUPPLY — A chance encounter at Kmart 20 years ago will benefit thousands of Brunswick County students during this school year.

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s Judy Gore was in line at the store back then when she noticed a schoolteacher paying for her own school supplies.

    Gore had a vision and soon thereafter launched the Bright Ideas program, which awards education grants to educators across North Carolina.

  • Firefighters hone techniques at live burn

     SHALLOTTE — Standing beside a town property used by the Shallotte Fire Department in a live burn session last Wednesday, fire chief Paul Dunwell asked onlookers, “Do you understand why we wear all this equipment?”

    At an abandoned house on Wall Street, off Main Street in Shallotte, Dunwell led members of Shallotte and other fire departments in a practice session Wednesday, Nov. 5, the seventh live burn hosted by the town in the last 18 months.

  • Constitutional amendment allows opportunity for bench trial

     For the first time in North Carolina courtrooms, felony defendants will have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial.

    In the Nov. 4 general election, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that will allow felony defendants to waive a jury trial in favor of a trial where the judge and a judge only determines whether the accused is guilty or innocent.

  • Warren finishes fourth in race for Court of Appeals seat

     A Brunswick County District Court judge fell short in his bid for a seat on the state Court of Appeals in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Marion Warren, an Ash native and judge in the 13th district, finished fourth in a race that included a whopping 19 candidates for a vacancy left on the court when Chief Judge John C. Martin announced his retirement in July.

  • Brunswick Community College offers courses during ‘minimester’

     SUPPLY — For most students, winter break is a time to put the textbooks and laptops on the shelf for a month or so until spring semester begins in January. But Brunswick Community College is offering interested students an opportunity to complete additional credit hours through holiday courses.

    The college offers courses in what’s called a “minimester” from Dec. 5 through Jan. 2, vice president of academic and student affairs Sharon Thompson said.

  • Pruden expects termination by school board Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school board will have a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, to consider immediate termination of his employment.

    Pruden issued the following statement by email to local media outlets Monday, Nov. 10:

  • Belville Riverwalk to Battleship could start nature trail loop through Wilmington and Brunswick County

    Belville Commissioner Joe Breault knows not to quit once your on a winning streak.

    The success of the Brunswick Riverwalk trail project emboldened Breault to propose a connection to the USS Battleship North Carolina park in September.

    And now that the first phase of the Riverwalk construction has begun, Breault has an idea that could take the trail full circle – by proposing a 25 mile interconnected nature trail and bicycle loop through Wilmington and Brunswick County.

  • Leland meets with group assisting Shallotte’s Riverfront project

    LELAND–Leland could follow in Shallotte’s footsteps and work with a UNC School of Government group to push forward their downtown development plans.

    Town officials held a special council meeting Oct. 31 to meet with UNC School of Government Development Finance Initiative (DFI) staff.

    The DFI partners with local governments in North Carolina to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise.

  • Park and ride experiment created to ease U.S. 17 traffic congestion

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization will try to ease traffic congestion along the U.S. 17/74/76 corridor that’s under construction by enticing drivers to park their cars.

    The WMPO’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) created a transportation management subcommittee to look at how public transportation could improve traffic beginning during the NCDOT’s construction project on U.S. 17 between Leland and Wilmington, with the intent of planning for the long term.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops to 6.6 percent in September

    After two months of unemployment rate numbers at 7.3 percent, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.6 percent in September.

    It is the lowest percentage the county has experienced since hitting a two year low of 6.3 percent in April.

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

    The county unemployment rate remains higher than the statewide rate of 6.1 percent.