Local News

  • Meteorologists expect ‘dangerously cold’ temperatures

     A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) is no longer in effect, but the cold is here to stay through the end of the week.

    The winter weather advisory issued earlier in the week was lifted after very little precipitation fell Feb. 16-17, said Steve Pfaff, an NWS meteorologist in Wilmington.

    But the forecast prompted Brunswick County Schools to operate on a one-hour delay for students Tuesday, Feb. 17.

  • African childrens choir visits Camp Methodist

     SHALLOTTE — The regular scheduled Wednesday night service at Camp United Methodist Church had a global feel last week as a children’s choir from a different continent.

    The Watoto African Children’s Choir performed at Camp United Methodist Church off Main Street on Feb. 11 as part of a tour through the Tar Heel State. The show consisted of vibrant, original African music, dance routines and personal testimonies.

  • Treatment court graduates share testimonies at ceremony

     BOLIVIA — Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said Brunswick County Treatment Courts program wouldn’t be possible without the help of several willing people ranging from county commissioners to professional drug counselors.

    She knew she’d need assistance from the entire community when she made her vision of establishing a local treatment court a reality in 2008. Lewis continued to thank those who assisted her in making the treatment a reality at a recent treatment court graduation ceremony Jan. 29.

  • Uncle of escaped inmate arrested following bond hearing

     Another relative accused of aiding 23-year-old William Earl Hewett of Southport during his alleged escape from the county jail faces charges following his Feb. 12 arrest.

    William Hewett’s uncle, 41-year-old Robby Wayne Hewett, was charged with felony harboring an escapee and accessory after the fact Feb. 3, but wasn’t arrested until Feb. 9, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Seven face drug charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested four people in Supply on drug charges Monday, Feb. 16, following an investigation prompted by tips and complaints from the community.

  • Attorney alerts lottery of apparent winner

    An attorney representing a person who claims to have one of the winning tickets sold in the Feb. 11 Powerball jackpot has told the North Carolina Education Lottery no immediate claim of the prize is planned.

    The N.C. Education Lottery confirmed Thursday the winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Scotchman convenience store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

  • Consultant taps Shallotte as best site to promote for craft brewery

    SHALLOTTE — The ideal location to start a craft brewery is downtown Shallotte, according to the national site selection consultant hired by the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission.

    Don Schjeldahl of the Don Schjeldahl Group spent four days in January reviewing Brunswick County’s communities to determine the best site for the brewery, as well as examine their strengths and weaknesses so the EDC can draw a business to the area.

  • Economic development staff update county officials on 2015 goals

    SHALLOTTE — Brunswick County Economic Development Commission staff recapped the past year and presented future goals to a joint meeting of the Brunswick County Commissioners, the BCEDC board and the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation on Feb. 9.

    Executive Director Jim Bradshaw said one of the top accomplishments for the EDC in 2014 was drafting an incentives policy for new and expanding industry to stimulate private sector investment, economic growth and job creation, which was approved by county commissioners.

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  • Property owner clears Belville retail site in time with U.S. 17 improvements

    BELVILLE — A developer expects widening of U.S. 17/74/76, in addition to construction of a diverging diamond intersection under the overpass, to create room for business at the U.S. 17 Leland/Belville exit to N.C. 133

    Belville Properties LLC is clearing five lots on the west side of N.C. 133 along Blackwell Road, which is being relocated away from the diverging diamond.

  • County unemployment rate up to 6.5 percent in December

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed back to 6.5 percent in December 2014.

    It was the second month of increasing unemployment after the county hit a two-year low at 6 percent in October.

    In November, the rate ticked back up to 6.1 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains improved from a year ago when the county was at 8 percent unemployment for December 2013.

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