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Local News

  • State’s September unemployment rate at 9.6 percent

    North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point in September to 9.6 percent, but remains greater than the national unemployment rate for the same time.

    The national rate declined 0.3 of a percentage point to 7.8 percent.

    The state’s September unemployment rate is 1.1-percentage point lower than a year ago.

    In North Carolina, the number of people employed (smoothed seasonally adjusted) increased by 29,232 to 4,225,436 during the month, and by 61,656 during the year.

  • Elections: Economic growth, veterans and reform focus for U.S. House candidates

    The federal government needs to get out of the way.

    That was the message from David Rouzer, R-Benson, who is challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-Lumberton, for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for District 7.

    Rouzer was in Brunswick County last Wednesday participating in the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Elections: County commissioner candidates square off on issues at forum

    They say they love Brunswick County and they’re fighting for a chance to represent you in county government.

    Last Wednesday, Brunswick County commissioner incumbent for District 4, Scott Phillips, R-Leland, sat on a panel with District 5 contenders Michael Ballard, D-Leland, and Frank Williams, R-Leland, as part of the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical storm conditions possible for Carolinas

    Hurricane Sandy will move northward through the Bahamas on Friday, bringing tropical storm conditions to the east coast of Florida.
    Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Carolinas on Saturday and Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Sandy is expected to turn toward the northeast on Saturday, followed by a turn to the northwest early next week, with direct impacts expected for the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast U.S.
    A high rip current risk is in effect through Saturday morning for coastal Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Terror is promised and screams are guaranteed at local haunted house

    SHALLOTTE—The goal is simple—screams of terror.

    On Halloween night there is at least one Shallotte home that will be filled with screams.

    For the past month Jennifer and Ethan Richardson along with their parents, friends and neighbors have been preparing the “Creepy Hollow Cemetery” in their Shallotte yard.

    They are creating a haunted trail designed to thrill and scare all who enter on Halloween night.

  • Living on a dream

    SHALLOTTE—Dream big or stay home.

    That is CC Martin’s philosophy on life.

    This Saturday one of his dreams is coming realty on a stage in Brunswick County.

    CC Martin will perform his debut concert as the headliner for the Brunswick County Country Music Fall Festival in the parking lot of Planet Fun.

    The last four months have been a whirlwind for Martin, whose country music singing career has taken off.

  • Man wanted for writing bad checks

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Kenneth Ross Jessup.

    He was last seen in the Southport area more than a week ago.

    Jessup, 45, is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Detectives are searching for him relating to a felony count of worthless check. He is also wanted for absconding a felony indictment for a similar charge and a contempt of court citation.

    If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact detective Ed Carter at 253-2777.

  • Black and White Masquerade Ball for New Hope Clinic

    This Friday it’s time to don a mask and make a difference in lives in Brunswick County.

    New Hope Clinic is hosting a masquerade ball, and you’re invited. From 7-10:30 p.m. the black-tie-optional event will be at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    “We are looking for it to be a fun evening to celebrate the work of the clinic and help support us in our work to provide services to all Brunswick County residents who don’t have health insurance,” executive director Shelia Roberts said.

  • Calabash Community Park nears completion

    CALABASH—Though not officially completed, the new Calabash Community Park is already attracting visitors.

    Children have been enjoying swings and other playground equipment installed on the 1-acre site at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane, town clerk Kelley Southward said last week.

    In addition, the park was closed this past Saturday afternoon for a special gathering of the Calabash Elks Club. Other events have been scheduled as well.

  • Beck's Restaurant in Calabash burns in fire

    CALABASH—Beck’s, a 72-year-old landmark restaurant in Calabash, has burned in a fire that broke out Monday.

    The fire at the historic restaurant on River Road near Beach Drive was reported at 10:10 p.m. Monday, a little over an hour after the restaurant had closed for the evening.

    “The whole back of the roof was fully involved when we got here,” said Honey Shore, public information officer for the Calabash Fire Department.