Local News

  • World War II B-17 flies into Southport airfield Oct. 17-19

    A piece of aviation history will circle the sky over the Cape Fear Regional Jetport next weekend.

    One of the few remaining operational World War II B-17s, also known as the Flying Fortress, will fly into the Southport airport Oct. 17-19, hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 939 of oak Island.

    Named “Aluminum Overcast,” the B-17 was one of the last bombers of its kind built in 1945 before the end of World War II.

  • Brunswick County unemployment steady for past two months

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased from June’s 6.9 percent to 7.3 percent in July and stayed the same through August.

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

    The unemployment rate is up one full point from the county’s two-year low, which reached 6.3 percent in April 2014.

    But the unemployment numbers are still nearly a full point below the August 2013 rate of 8.2 percent.

  • 4H Fair, parade set for Saturday at Brunswick County complex

    The Brunswick County 4H Fair returns for a second year Saturday, Oct. 11, the final day of National 4H Week.

    This year, National 4H Week ran from Oct. 5-11.

    The second 4H Fair is part of the yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of North Carolina’s Cooperative Extension Service.

    The Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service agents organize events, train volunteers to work with five 4H clubs in Brunswick County and make presentations in schools.

    This year the 4H Fair has 23 children participating with 200 exhibits entered.

  • Belville ‘breaks ground’ on riverwalk, plans for real work to begin within a week

    BELVILLE — Belville officials didn’t turn any dirt during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project Saturday, but they’ll let the professionals get to it soon enough.

    Commissioner Joe Breault announced to a crowd of more than 100 visitors at the ceremony that a contractor would be digging the first trail of the riverwalk within 10 days of the gathering.

  • Southport teen faces multiple charges

     A Southport teen who was arrested Saturday, Oct. 4, is accused of stealing items from vehicles, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

    About 7 a.m. that day, officers received reports of a suspicious person in the 2200 block of East Boiling Spring Road. They responded and arrested 19-year-old John Ethan Holbrook after seeing him throw items over a fence at East Boiling Spring and Fayetteville roads, Shirley said.

  • School system takes aim at completing capital projects

     BOLIVIA — Overcrowded Brunswick County schools on the north end of the county and a dilapidated, outdated gym in a rural district have been problems for the school district. The school district has taken steps to alleviate those concerns and the system’s director of capital improvements and planning expects the projects to be completed on time.

  • West student to join future medical leaders in nation’s capital

     SHALLOTTE — When a congress convenes in November, one of Brunswick County’s own will be front and center.

    No, not that Congress.

    Savannah Rae, a junior at West Brunswick High School, has been selected as one of several members to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., for three days in November.

    Rae, a Supply resident, will visit the nation’s capital Nov. 14-16 for an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

  • Amendment could allow felons to opt for bench trial

     For the first time in the state’s history, felony defendants in North Carolina may have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial if an amendment passes in November.

    Tar Heel State voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial. The proposed amendment would 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.

  • Leaders search for ways to improve business in Brunswick County

     Leaders in Brunswick County know it’s going to take a team effort to continuously improve business in the region.

    So teams of workforce development partners from across the Tar Heel State will visit local businesses to hear their challenges and successes, and help them develop ways to locate and retain high-quality employees as part of the “1,000 in 100” initiative launched by Gov. Pat McCrory last spring.

  • Column: Cherish time spent with loved ones

     It was a long time coming. One of my best friends married his high school sweetheart this past weekend in Whiteville. All of us knew it was a matter of time before Devin Sellers and Haley Ann Enzor tied the knot. As another good friend eloquently stated during Friday night’s rehearsal dinner, Devin and Haley are two people we all agreed were made for each other.