Local News

  • August unemployment rate above 5 percent for county

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.1 percent in August, rising for the second straight month.

    After reaching a low for the year of 4.8 percent in June, unemployment rose to 5 percent in July.

    The unemployment rate increased to its highest rate since April when it first dropped to 5 percent unemployment and stayed there through May.

    For 2017, Brunswick County unemployment started at 7.7 percent in January, fell to 6.7 percent in February and 5.8 percent in March.

  • Leland resident files federal suit over GenX

    A Compass Pointe resident filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont and The Chemours Co. after discovering GenX in her water heater.

    Victoria Carey, 58, of 8256 Egret Pointe NE, who has lived in Leland in the single-family home for 15 years, filed the complaint Monday, Oct. 23, in U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina.

    Chemours is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the CFPUA and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

  • Boston butt sale for Matthew 25, construction set

    Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City is planning a Boston butt sale for Nov. 10. Directors and volunteers will take pre-sale orders through Nov. 10, with delivery and pickup Nov. 17. Each Boston butt costs $25. Pickup locations will be throughout Columbus County.

    Detailed pickup information is available on the reverse side of the tickets. Bulk sales may be delivered to point-of-sale. Area pick-up and delivery locations include the Columbus Baptist Association at 208 South Thompson St. in Whiteville and Chadbourn Presbyterian Church.

  • Medicare open enrollment under way

    The Medicare enrollment period is open and runs for the next seven weeks. Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plan and make changes as necessary. By comparing plans during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and ensure their 2018 plan is best suited to meet their needs.

    The Open Enrollment Period began Oct. 15 and all changes must be made by Dec. 7 to ensure coverage begins without interruption Jan. 1.

  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition (BCHC) will observe observing National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 11-19.

    Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising and advocacy events.

    The Brunswick County event is the sixth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet and Soup Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brunswick Center at Leland, 121 Town Hall Drive NE in Leland.

  • NCDMV accepts American Express credit cards as of Oct. 23

    North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ driver license offices and license plate agencies accept American Express credit cards, effective Oct. 23.

    NCDMV’s acceptance of credit cards has allowed customers to make payments and conduct online transactions. With the addition of American Express, DMV offices around the state will accept four credit cards.

    MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards have been accepted at license plate agencies since late 2013. NCDMV’s driver license offices began accepting credit cards in 2015.

  • N.C. aquariums to reduce admission for low-income families

    Beginning Nov. 1, admission fees at North Carolina aquariums will be reduced for patrons presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, card along with a valid form of photo identification.

    Under the new program, adult admission will be $3 and $2 for children 3-12. Up to four individuals can be admitted with each EBT card presented. There is no charge for children 2 and younger.

  • Hospice wish list drive

    In honor of Make a Difference Day, Lower Cape Fear Hospice is hosting a wish list drive for its patients and their families. Community members can drop off items between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at any one of its four locations: 955 Mercy Lane in Bolivia; 1414 Physicians Drive in Wilmington; 206 Warrior Trail in Whiteville; and 209A U.S. 117 N. in Burgaw.

    They are in need of prepackaged paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, laundry detergent, Ensure Nutrition Shakes or Boost Shakes and Clorox/Lysol wipes.

  • Four-county medication disposal event set for Oct. 28

    In an effort to encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional health care, law enforcement, education and safety organizations to hold a first ever four-county medication disposal event.

    Nine locations in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties are scheduled to accept all medications on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks three men who stole WBHS flag

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three men who stole West Brunswick High School’s flag Friday at 8:30 p.m.

    The three men were in a lifted pickup and, although images from the scene are fuzzy, one of the men appears to have been wearing red shorts, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Donna Simpson at 880-4952.