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  • Brunswick County unemployment tops 10 percent in May

    After a brief dip less than 10 percent in April, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for May once again tops 10 percent.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in May.

    May’s unemployment rate is higher than April’s 9.7-percent unemployment rate—Brunswick County’s first sub 10-percent rate in three years.

    The last time Brunswick County dipped below 10 percent unemployment was in April 2009.

  • Beaches consortium discusses the challenges of keeping sand on the beach

    “It is almost to the point where people on the coast are ready to choke. We send more money to Washington and the insurance companies than we ever get back,” said Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium at the June 14 meeting of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium in Sunset Beach.

    During the meeting, members discussed the progress of Brunswick County shore protection projects and reviewed the status of the sand management plan for the Wilmington harbor.

  • Family support: Hospice isn't just for patients

    SOUTHPORT—There is a woman in Southport who is sick.

    She isn’t sick with an ailment doctors can fix—she has a broken heart.

    Majel Reinheimer lost her husband, Walter, a year ago on June 11. He was the love of her life.

    “We were completely absorbed with each other and that was enough,” Majel said sweeping a long strand of hair from her shoulder.

  • It stinks: Sunset Beach says no to reporter at sewer meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says closure of a meeting to the public last week so town and county officials could discuss sewer installation issues was not justified.

    The response came after Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott told a Beacon reporter the June 13 meeting was not a public meeting.

  • Looking Back 1983-85

    Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    It was an era of truckers’ strikes, corruption in government, and the end of driving on the beach at Holden Beach.

  • Raising up cattle just part of the schedule at Fulwoods’ Century Farm

    When Jerry Fulwood returns home after a hard day’s work at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, he’s usually greeted by a herd of cattle moos.

    It’s not that unusual at the family Century Farm that Fulwood shares with his wife, Louise, along with about 60 head of beef cattle and three watch-donkeys.

    The family farmland, encompassing close to 200 acres along Mintz Cemetery Road and another section along Old Shallotte Road, is where Jerry grew up and inherited the land from his dad, Henry Fulwood Jr., who died in 2009 at age 86.

  • Calabash adopts new $1 million budget for 2012-13

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has approved a 2012-13 fiscal year budget ordinance calling for a balanced budget of $1,021,050 and an unchanged tax rate of 8.75 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting June 12.

    General fund appropriations are for operation of town government and its activities for the fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.

  • Child gets 140 stitches after shark bite

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A 6-year old girl received more than 140 stitches after being bitten by a shark on Monday.
    According to Daisy Ivey, town administrator, an emergency call for an animal bite on the beach strand went out before noon Monday. The Ocean Isle Beach fire and police departments responded.

  • No raises included in this year’s county budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employees will not receive a merit or cost of living adjustment during the upcoming fiscal year’s budget.

    No raises were included in the proposed budget, which takes effect July 1, but at Monday night’s meeting, commissioner Marty Cooke made a motion to give county employees a one-time 4 percent cost of living adjustment.

    Though his motion failed, Cooke said the county has the money for the raises.

  • Commissioners approve $194.1 million county budget with no tax increase

     BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a $194.1 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Commissioners approved the 2012-2013 budget three votes to two, with commissioners Marty Cooke and Charles Warren dissenting.

    The budget takes effect July 1.

    The $194.1 million budget is 1.8 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget, county manager Marty Lawing said.

    The property tax rate will remain the same at 44.25 cents per $100 of assessed property.