Local News

  • Fire destroys Brierwood Estates home Monday

    SHALLOTTE—A Monday afternoon blaze destroyed a home at 29 Country Club Drive in Brierwood Estates.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the department received a call of visible smoke and flames on Fairway Drive at around 12:26 p.m.

    “Before we arrived we were diverted to Country Club Drive,” Dunwell said, adding the fire was at a residence behind 34 Fairway Drive.

    According to a fire report, flames could be seen on the back porch of the house, endangering adjacent property.

  • Two in custody for drug trafficking

    Two suspects are in custody for trafficking in opium or heroin.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested Chris Todd Ussery and Christina Ann Mintz in the Southport area on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

    Ussery, 45, 4987 Glenn Cove Drive, Southport has been charged with conspiring to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and trafficking in opium or heroin. He is in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Obesity, cancer, lack of information affect county health

    The Brunswick County Health and Human Services Department ended 2012 by presenting county commissioners with an update of its efforts to improve the county’s overall health.

    Health services director David Stanley said health issues they work on each year are based on the Community Health Assessment, a review completed every four years involving surveys and focus groups.

    The last assessment was in 2011.

    Using priorities identified in the assessment, they focus on issues they can bring in line with state levels.

  • Social Services offers training to add foster families in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services could use more foster parents.

    Tamela Jones, DSS licensing supervisor, is encouraging people to take part in a 10-week training program to become licensed as a new foster parent.

    There are 145 children in DSS’ care. The children range from only a few months to 18 years old.

    The county has 16 foster parents/families licensed by DSS.

    Jones said that’s not many, and it’s the reason they are recruiting more.

  • Cedar Grove - Town opens redesigned community building

    SUPPLY—After years of waiting, planning, fundraising and building, the Cedar Grove Community came together Saturday morning for the opening of its new community center.

    “This was 12 years in the making. There were a lot of obstacles and setbacks, but this was (completed) with the work of a great many individuals,” Andre Herring, president of the Cedar Grove Improvement Association, said.

    “This is a gift to our children and our grandchildren.”

  • Giving a meal brought a smile and joy to local woman

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Davis shed tears as she talked about a recent holiday blessing.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, she met a few of the people who have brought joy to her life—the ladies of the Calabash Elks Ladies Auxiliary. For the past three years they have provided her and her family with free holiday meals.

    “I really wanted to meet them face-to-face,” Davis said. “They brighten my day. It makes me happy knowing they help me and other people in similar situations.”

  • New sign regulations in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—New sign regulations are in effect for Shallotte.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, aldermen unanimously passed a sign regulation amendment modifying sign regulations. No one spoke during a public hearing.

    The amendment reduces the maximum size of signs in the central business district, allows larger signs for large residential developments and makes banners temporary signs. It requires new signs in the central businesses, central waterfront and office and institutional zoning districts to be ground-mounted. It allows larger signs along U.S. 17.

  • Board agrees to fund officers at elementary schools

    BOLIVIA—It didn’t take much discussion for Brunswick County officials—county commissioners, school board members, the sheriff and their staffs—to agree to continue to provide deputies at elementary schools.

    After Monday’s joint meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education added a vote at their Jan. 8 regular meeting to allocate $245,838 from fund balance to offset costs for deputies in elementary schools for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year.

    On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously 4-0 to pay for the deputies.

  • Survey says: County salaries 8 percent less than market average

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employee salaries are averaging 8 percent below market average.

    That was the result of the salary study Dr. Jeff Ling, Evergreen Solutions executive vice president, presented to county commissioners on Jan. 8.

    “That’s not take home 8 percent. It’s not an 8 percent raise,” Ling said after the meeting.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate back to more than 10 percent

    Brunswick County was one of 81 counties in North Carolina whose unemployment rate increased in November.

    After dropping to 9.5 percent in October, Brunswick County’s number climbed back into double digits at 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,200 of the county’s 50,341 residents are unemployed.

    Statewide, unemployment rates decreased in 13 counties and were unchanged in six counties in November.