Local News

  • County unemployment above 6 percent for November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent for November after remaining steady at 5.9 percent through September and October.

    The unemployment rate was almost a point below the rate for November 2015, when Brunswick County had 7.2 percent unemployment.

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

    According to the NCDOC, Brunswick County had 3,030 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 48,391 for November.

  • Leland purchases body cameras for use in 2017

    The new year will see Leland police officers add body cameras to their uniform.

    Leland officials approved an increase in the 2016-17 tax rate in part to fund the hiring four new patrol officers and three new detectives. The town also planned to add new patrol cars and detectives’ vehicles.

    Leland Police Chief Mike James said the budget plan for new officers included adding body cameras.

  • Residents seek help with peeling homes

    CAROLINA SHORES — Ken Frost first noticed a problem on the outer trim of his home about five years ago.

    At the time, he deemed it a minor issue — a little pitting here and there in the pre-painted aluminum coil trim under the garage door header on the front of his house in The Farm at Brunswick.

    “I would scrape my fingernail and the paint would come off,” he said. “I couldn’t figure out why it was doing that.”

    He thought a touch-up with paint would take care of it.

  • Interim Sunset Beach police chief’s guns stolen from department vehicle

    Shallotte police are investigating the theft of firearms from the vehicle of Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith.

    Four firearms, ammunition, several magazines from each gun and an LA Police Gear bag were reported stolen Dec. 5 from Smith’s vehicle parked in the driveway of his home on Owendon Drive in Shallotte.

  • Grant helps clinics affected by hurricane

    The North Carolina Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NCAFCC) announced it received a $135,000 grant to provide financial assistance for disaster recovery to free and charitable health care clinics affected by Hurricane Matthew in Eastern North Carolina. The grant comes from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

    The grant will help member clinics in Brunswick (New Hope Clinic), Onslow, Pasquotank, Wake and Wayne counties replace medical equipment and enable some to purchase emergency power generators.

  • $15K grant to build playground in Ash

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground in Ash.

    Play equipment donated by Union Elementary School in the 1990s became outdated and had to be removed from the park. The park occupies a tract of nearly four acres donated by the late Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow to build a playground and recreation center.

  • Two arrested in BSL attempted armed robbery

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested two people Dec. 31 they say attempted an armed robbery Dec. 31.

    Dennis Quane Cromartie, 22, of Southport was charged with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm by felon and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. He was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in Cumberland County in 2011, North Carolina Department of Correction records show.

  • Water line rupture affects Oak Island residents

    Brunswick County Public Utilities consumers in Oak Island on Long Beach Road — from Fish Factory Road to Vanessa Drive and Old Bridge Road from Vanessa Drive to 3926 Old Bridge Road — experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, because of a main line rupture near 4273 Long Beach Road.

    Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increased the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

  • Fire damages Ocean Isle Beach home, no one injured

    Fire damaged an Ocean Isle Beach doublewide home Dec. 29. No one was injured.

    A neighbor reported the fire in the 1800 block of East Long Acres Drive at 7:30 a.m., Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Buddy Causey said. Crews had the fire under control about 8:15 a.m.

    No one was home at the time. Causey said the fire started in one of the electrical outlets outside the home and spread.

    Causey said the homeowner’s insurance company is investigating to determine the extent of the damage.

  • Leland man county’s fifth lottery winner in 2016

    William Jones of Leland got a Christmas present he couldn’t imagine when he found a winning Carolina Panthers ticket for the North Carolina Education Lottery worth $200,000 in his stocking.

    “My wife bought the ticket for me as a stocking stuffer,” Jones said in a news release. “It’s a pretty good Christmas present that’s for sure.”