Local News

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - Number of foreclosures at a record-high

    During 2010, economists kept saying the economy was recovering. However, a look around Brunswick County doesn’t show the telltale signs of a recovering economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Brunswick County was 9.8 percent in October. Foreclosures set an all-time record with 1,663 filed with the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court as of Dec. 20, 2010.

  • Early College senior finds love of law and puts bilingual skills to work

    Every Friday, Elmer Garcia dresses in professional business attire and heads to Hill & High LLP law firm for a day of meeting with clients, sitting in on depositions and learning what it’s like to be a lawyer.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School senior is not only gaining valuable real world experience but also fulfilling a school requirement. As part of Firebird Connections, Early College students volunteer and work at various jobs in the community three Fridays each month.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Brunswick County not eligible for public FEMA reimbursement

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Brunswick County will not be reimbursed $750,000 of expenses incurred during September’s rainfall and flooding caused from storm effects of Tropical Storm Nicole.

    To be eligible for public FEMA assistance, the state must meet a threshold of $10.4 million.  Because the state did not meet the threshold, counties that met individual thresholds, such as Brunswick, will not be reimbursed.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Record rainfall prepares local emergency personnel for future storms

    Hurricane season has been relatively calm the last few years in Brunswick County, but the 22 inches of water that fell on Brunswick County gave Brunswick County Emergency Services personnel a chance to brush up on how to handle a storm of such magnitude.

    Such flooding has not been seen in Brunswick County since 1999’s Hurricane Floyd, and Anthony Marzano, director of Brunswick County Emergency Services, said dealing with the effects of Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storm Nicole was a time to put pre-planning mechanisms to work.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Family rebuilds after home floods twice in one week

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Brunswick County officials declared a state of emergency Monday, Sept. 27, as inches of rain hit the county and more was expected to fall later in the week from Tropical Depression 16, otherwise known as Tropical Storm Nicole.

  • Missing Juvenile from Supply area

    John Kevin Watts II, 17, was reported missing around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29 from his Supply area residence. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is searching for the missing juvenile.

    According to Sgt. April Stanley, BCSO public information officer, Watts is believed to have left his residence on foot. Watts is possibly still in the Supply area.

    He attends Brunswick County Academy in Bolivia.

    The teen is described as standing 6 foot 2 inches in height and weighing 125 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Will less compensation affect commissioners’ commitment?

    Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue said commissioners’ compensation package was reduced by 38 percent when they voted to do away with per-diem rates and voted on set salaries and mileage reimbursements at a Sept. 20 meeting.

    Being a commissioner, he said, requires a significant amount of time.

    “You don’t ever go out when somebody stops you to talk about county business,” he said.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Commissioners’ compensation causes controversy

    BOLIVIA—The issue boiled down to two words—per diem.

    When local media outlets began looking at the Brunswick County commissioners’ compensation packages, a $50 per-diem [per-day] rate seemed to be the talk of the town.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office searches for 2 missing people

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is searching for two missing people.

    John Kevin Watts II, 17, of the Supply area and Robin Michelle Mitchell, 38, of the Leland area have both been reported missing within the past two days.

  • Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies last week investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Assault on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia; suspect got into a fistfight with victim.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach road in Supply; employee suspect took about $2,000 cash from the Quick and Easy gas station.

    •Assault on Bay Point Road in Calabash; suspect grabbed and pushed victim into a furnace cover.