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Local News

  • Unemployment reaches peak in January; tourist businesses begin hiring from large pool

    Local business owners say they’re seeing a lot of qualified applicants for seasonal jobs due to the large number of jobseekers in the area.

    The unemployment rate in Brunswick County reached 13.7 percent in January, and local officials say the rate is likely decreasing now that local tourism-based businesses are hiring.

  • Milsap returns to Tarheel roots during N.C. tour that includes stop in Brunswick

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    BOLIVIA—Ronnie Milsap was in his comfort zone Monday night.

    As the legendary recording star entertained a crowd at Brunswick Community College, he felt right at home.

    “I’m a Tarheel—a native North Carolinian,” the longtime entertainer reminded the audience during the concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • College changing former strip club into new south-end facility

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College is converting a former adult entertainment business into a new campus center for the South Brunswick Islands.

    About two weeks ago, BCC president Stephen Greiner said the college paid $1 million in bond-referendum funding for a 15,300-square-foot building that previously housed the Close Encounters strip club, along with 4.35 acres of property, off U.S. 17.

  • Sheriff's office searching for breaking and entering suspect

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for an 18-year-old Supply man wanted for multiple car break-ins.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, detectives are searching for Daniel Adam Orlick, 18, of Supply. Orlick is wanted for multiple counts of breaking and entering to motor vehicles in the Oyster Harbor and Shell Point areas of Supply.

    The break-ins were reported between March 16 and March 18.

    Anyone with information about Orlick or his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Tony Caison at 253-2777.

  • Two suspects arrested for large marijuana growing operation

    Two suspects have been arrested after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit dismantled a large indoor marijuana growing operation in Shallotte.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, around 4 p.m. Friday, drug agents executed a search warrant at 5801 Washington Road, Shallotte, where they found 59 marijuana plants inside the residence.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents have been investigating the operation for a month.

  • Final public hearing on terminal groins this week

    The public will have one last chance to voice its opinion regarding terminal groins before the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will present a report and recommendations to the Environmental Review Commission and the General Assembly.

    The CRC will meet Wednesday, March 24, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach. The terminal groin study and presentation and public hearing will begin at 5 p.m. This is the last of five public hearings on the study that have taken place throughout the state.

  • Real estate sales up in January, February; prices still down

    Home sales are up; prices are down, and the state of the economy is forcing real estate- related businesses to try new things.

    Some businesses are branching out into promoting energy efficiency and “green” building practices, which many say is the wave of the future.

    Home sales in Brunswick County during January 2010 were up 22 percent from January 2009, from $15.11 million to nearly $18.5 million, while the February number was up 57 percent from 2009, from $14.37 million to $22.5 million.

  • U.S. census-gathering has begun

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Ten minutes to answer 10 questions.

    That’s how long North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue estimates it takes to fill out U.S. Census 2010 forms, which started arriving in mailboxes last week.

    It’s described as one of the shortest census questionnaires in U.S. history.

    About 120 million U.S. households are expected to receive a form by this week.

    “The 2010 Census is more than just a survey,” Perdue wrote in a letter e-mailed last week to newspapers statewide.

  • Liberty Tax to host fundraising 'party' Saturday at Shallotte Crossing

    Liberty Tax Service of Shallotte will host a “roadside party” to give the community a chance to donate to three worthy causes: Cell Phones for Soldiers, Brunswick County Family Assistance, Relay for Life and The Gathering Of Eagles.

    “We want to get the whole community involved with it,” Liberty’s marketing manager

    Alana Brown said this week.

    The event, set from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Tax, will provide free food, refreshments, a deejay, a bounce house as well as free tax advice.

  • County commissioners OK takeover of Brick Landing sewer system

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from the system’s owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.