Local News

  • 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.

  • Jury trial amendment undecided

    A vote to determine whether a felony defendant can waive a jury trial in favor of a bench trial appeared to have passed at press time Tuesday.

    North Carolinians voted on the amendment during the general election. If it is approved, the decision to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial will make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

  • Rabon ahead of Ward in N.C. Senate District 8 race

    Precinct results available by press time Tuesday show Republican incumbent Bill Rabon ahead of Democratic challenger Ernie Ward in the state Senate District 8 race.

    Preliminary state election results, with 57 percent of precincts reporting, had Rabon with 26,919 votes or 55 percent to Ward’s 21,882 or 45 percent.

    Rabon, who sought his third term as state senator, said job creation is the most important issue for southeastern North Carolina.

  • Iler bests challenger Warren in House race

    Election results Tuesday show Republican incumbent Frank Iler of Oak Island winning over Democratic challenger Charles Warren in the state  House of Representatives District 17 race.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Iler had 20,790 votes or 67 percent and Warren had 10,159 votes or 34 percent.

    Iler, a small business owner and company employee from Oak Island, was first appointed to the House of Representatives in 2009, followed by a 2010 election and 2012 re-election to that post.

  • Initial results show incumbents returning to school board

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer


    Preliminary general elections results show a pair of Brunswick County Board of Education incumbents keeping their seats .

    Incumbents John Thompson and Charlie Miller, both Republicans, ran against Democrats Leonard Jenkins and William Flythe, respectively.

    At press time, with six of 26 precincts reporting, Thompson had garnered 14,691 votes (61 percent) against Jenkins’ 9,275 votes (39 percent) in the District 5 race.

  • Early results show Gore wins District Court seat from Prince

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer


    Fred Gore will move from assistant district attorney in the 13th District to District Court judge after apparently winning Tuesday’s election over the incumbent, Sherry Dew Prince.

    At press time, 17 of 69 precincts reported Gore lead the race for the district court seat with 68.34 percent of the vote, 6,850, to Prince’s 31.66 percent, 3,174 votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.