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  • Unemployment down slightly in Brunswick due to summer employment

    Brunswick was one of 59 North Carolina counties in which the unemployment rate dropped in July.

    In Brunswick County’s case, the decrease was minimal, from 11 percent to 10.8 percent, which was also the rate for May, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission (ESC).

    In the most recent report from the ESC, commission chairman Moses Carey Jr. called July employment growth in many of the N.C. counties “modest.”

  • July home sales up over last year but down from June

    Brunswick County Realtors sold 204 homes during July, up from 195 last year but down from 214 last month, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors’ latest report.

    The average price of a home sold increased over last year, from $233,847 to $248,832, the NCAR report states.

    Local Realtors say they are seeing a better summer than winter and are looking forward to the market rebounding.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life to be considered for parole

    A little more than 24 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    But, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission, Stamper could be paroled if he completes the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

    Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder in July 1985 for a February 1985 murder where he stabbed the victim 12 times, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The murder took place on 38th Street in what was then Long Beach.

  • DA clears deputy in fatal shooting

    District Attorney Rex Gore has cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee in the Sept. 6 fatal shooting of 49-year-old Alton Walters.

    “Based on the facts as presented and the law relating to an officer’s right to use deadly force, I am satisfied that Deputy Hardee acted within the constraints of the law,” Gore said in a press release.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, remains on paid administrative duty.

  • North Carolina ACT average higher than nation

    On average, North Carolina students scored higher than other ACT test-takers across the nation.

    Out if a possible score of 36, students in the Tar Heel state averaged a composite score of 21.6, slightly above the national average of 21.1 during the 2009 testing season.

    Of the four subject areas, North Carolina students scored the highest in math, averaging a 22. Other subject areas included a 21.9 average in reading, 21.1 in science, and 20.9 in English.

  • Council approves pursuit of property purchase for park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Mayor Ronald Klein cast a tie-breaking vote Monday to enable the town to proceed with negotiations to buy a five-acre waterway site for a future park with an asking price of $5.5 million.

    Following lengthy discussion and debate, town councilmen Len Steiner and Bob Bobinski voted in favor of the measure while councilmen Lou DeVita and Wilson Sherrill voted against it.

  • Signage, speed concerns at new schools being reviewed by DOT

    While Brunswick County school officials admit they have had numerous calls from parents regarding the safety of two new school entrances, there is little the district can do.

    According to Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning, Stanley Road and U.S. 17, the roads that feed into Cedar Grove Middle School and Town Creek Elementary School, are both owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and require approval before any changes or additions can be made.

  • Town denied chance to voice opinion regarding DOT road abandonment

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has abandoned maintenance responsibilities on a portion of Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, but Mayor Debbie Smith said the town has not been given the appropriate chance to respond.

    According to N.C.G.S. 136-55.1, a 60-day notice from DOT is required when abandoning maintenance of roads. The statute also requires notices to be sent to adjacent property owners.

  • Calabash resident launches write-in campaign

    CALABASH—A dozen residents gathered at a local resident’s house last week to support her in her quest as a write-in candidate for town commissioner.

    Mary Knight said her candidacy would be an uphill battle.

    “We’re very open to volunteers at this point in time,” she said at the Sept. 10 meeting. “We can use all the feet we can.”

    Calabash Acres resident Alinda Meares said the purpose of the meeting was establish Knight’s candidacy and to reach as many people as possible.

  • Warren wants to freeze school funding

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners agree they have concerns about goings-on with the Brunswick County Board of Education, but they did not agree with one solution presented by commissioner Charles Warren.

    Warren, who is serving his first term as commissioner since being elected last November, proposed freezing school board funding until the school board “gets their act together.”