Local News

  • New business coming to northern Brunswick County

    LELAND — After a year of new business construction in and around northern Brunswick County throughout 2015, new business openings that began at the end of the year are anticipated to continue in early 2016.

  • AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax services throughout Brunswick County

    The AARP Tax-Aide volunteer program, which provides income tax assistance and free federal and state tax preparation, will be available beginning Feb. 1 through April 18.

    The program’s services are completely free, including electronic filing of federal and North Carolina and South Carolina returns.

    Mike Ferris has worked with the program in Brunswick County since it began 15 years ago.

  • County unemployment above 7 percent for November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 7.1 percent in November.

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

    The NCDOC announced unemployment rates rose in 38 North Carolina counties in November, decreased in 37 and remained the same in 25 other counties.

    Brunswick County had a 6.7 percent unemployment rate in October.

    The unemployment rate in Brunswick County for November 2014 was 6.8 percent.

  • Sunset Beach family finds adventure in Pyrenees

    During Christmas 2014, a visit from Marney Bradley’s parents set in motion an adventure that took her and her family from Brunswick County to France’s Pyrenees Mountains.

    Bradley’s parents, Joy and Sandy Fraser, live in Surbiton, in Surrey County, England where she and her sisters, Lorna and Fleur, and brother Stuart were raised.

    Bradley and her husband, Nick, immigrated to North Carolina 10 years ago. They now live in Sunset Beach with their son, Jack, and daughter, Robyn.

  • Man admits to killing teen whose body was found near Leland

     BOLIVIA — A Wilmington man was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of a teen reported missing in 2011.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 26-year-old Alan “L.A.” Johnson to serve at least 148 months but not more than 181 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after Johnson pleaded guilty to the 2011 killing of 17-year-old Al’Quon Flowers, whose remains were located in November 2015 during a search of a wooded area near Leland.

  • ATMC CEO Russ puts retirement on hold

     SHALLOTTE — In November 2015, ATMC CEO Allen Russ announced his retirement effective Dec. 4, 2015.

    On Dec. 5, he was back in his second-floor office of the company’s headquarters on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    A 50-year veteran in the telecommunications business, Russ intended to retire and spend more time with his wife, Sheila, three children and four grandchildren.

    However, Russ decided he’d go back to work when “unfortunate circumstances” for his potential successor brought him right back to work.

  • Ten apply for vacant Sunset Beach council seat

    SUNSET BEACH — Ten people have applied to fill the remaining two-year term of a vacant seat on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, speaking at Monday night’s monthly council meeting, initially said 11 people had applied for the seat vacated late last year by former town councilman Terry Johnson. One of the applicants has since withdrawn.

    Current contenders are Robert Donnelly, Duane Lewis, Amy Kluttz, Richard Hilderman, Veronika White, Pete Larkin, Scott McCall, Tim Smith, Joseph Snead and Pete Oler.

  • Carolina Shores pursues post-flood priorities

    CAROLINA SHORES — In the wake of last October’s flooding, the town is pursuing a priority list outlining where stormwater work is most needed.

    Following lengthy debate about vulnerable areas at their first workshop of the New Year on Monday morning, Jan. 4, town commissioners authorized Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall to come up with an updated “strategic drainage” list encompassing areas where residences were most affected during the Oct. 2-5 storms.

  • Calabash man faces drug trafficking charges

     A Calabash man faces several felony drug charges after his Saturday, Jan. 2, arrest.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 22-year-old Michael Montray Frink during a traffic checkpoint Saturday night at Carolina Farms Boulevard and Thomasboro Road in Calabash.

    Frink tried to avoid the checkpoint by turning his car around but deputies eventually pulled him over, warrants show.

  • Free short-term radon test kits available

    Brunswick County Environmental Health Service is partnering with the N.C. Radon Program to provide free short-term radon test kits in recognition of National Radon Action Month in January.

    Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming about 20,000 lives annually, or slightly more than two every hour. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test.