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  • No change in Brunswick’s double-digit unemployment in July

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for July remained at 10.3 percent.

    June’s unemployment rate was also 10.3 percent, according to information provided by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    July’s 10.3 percent unemployment rate is a slight decrease from the July 2010 unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.

    Of Brunswick County’s labor force of 51,012 workers, 5,233 were unemployed in July, according to ESC estimates.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Calabash debris removal

    The town of Calabash is accepting hurricane debris from residents at its maintenance yard on Persimmon Road from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Just stop by town hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to obtain a decal. Town workers also will conduct curbside removal for bagged hurricane yard debris and limbs no longer than 4 feet or wider than 4 inches. For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Debris pickup starts Aug. 30 in Sunset Beach

  • Irene’s aftermath: Brunswick approved for FEMA assistance

    The winds have died down, the flood waters have receded, and now it’s time to survey the damage left from Hurricane Irene’s path through Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County’s state of emergency was lifted at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    The state of emergency had been in place for Brunswick County since Friday, Aug. 26. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all the coastal counties, including Brunswick County, late Wednesday, Aug. 24.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Carolina Shores Recycle Center accepting debris

  • The day after Irene: OIB, SB and HB

     On Saturday morning as first light dawned on Brunswick County, the winds of Hurricane Irene continued to blow.

    By noon power lines and trees continued to fall across the county. Stoplights in Shallotte lost power and emergency crews vigorously worked to restore power and ensure safety. On the beaches, the sand blew in sheets.

    But the good news is the visable damage to property on the islands is minimal. A few houses on each of southern Brunswick’s islands beaches sustained damage to siding, screens, windows and shutters.  

  • Hurricane Irene: Power outages, road closings, damage reports

    Saturday

    4 a.m. Nearly 12,000 Brunswick BEMC customers are without power. 

    Emergency radio traffic indicates a tree is down on Holden Beach Road at Ball Park Loop. Road is blocked. 

    A tree is down in Leland at Intersection of Shamrock and Live Oak.

    3:30 a.m. Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Sustained winds have decreased to about 90 mphs.

    More than 7,300 BEMC customers are without power. 

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Carolina Shores recycling center closed Saturday

     The town of Carolina Shores Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 27. 

    Town crews will begin street-clearing and damage assessment activities as soon as possible following the storm. 

    The town will resume normal operations upon completion of these critical tasks.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Voluntary evacuation in Calabash

      The town of Calabash has issued a voluntary evacuation for all areas within municipal boundaries effective 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26. 

     

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Tropical storm conditions to begin around noon

    Tropical-storm force winds and rain will reach Brunswick County around noon Friday.

    The beach towns will be the first to begin to feel the effects of the winds, and the outer rain bands are approaching the area.

    Overnight, Hurricane Irene, now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, lost some of her strength—but she also sped up.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Hurricane Irene’s maximum sustained winds speeds lowered by 10-15 mph overnight.