Local News

  • Lawsuit against county claims ‘racially discriminatory pattern’



    BOLIVIA—A concerned citizens group recently filed suit against Brunswick County claiming racial discrimination, and one local minority leader said it wouldn’t be the last.

    Last Friday, June 3, members of the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) filed a discrimination lawsuit against Brunswick County in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates a shooting

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Sgt. April Stanley confirmed on Friday that the sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Thursday, June 2 at approximately 1 p.m.

    The sheriff’s office responded to 758 Longwood Road in reference to a victim stating he had been shot.

    The call was reported as a walk-in to the Grissettown Longwood Volunteer Fire Department. Civietown fire chief Mark Hewett and another Civietown volunteer fireman were on duty at the fire department when the victim arrived.

  • Motorcycle wreck seriously injures two area residents

    On Tuesday, May 31 around 8:39 p.m. a motorcycle wreck on Main Street in Shallotte left two area residents seriously injured.

    Shallotte resident Amber Kennedy was a passenger on the back of a motorcycle driven by Robin Taylor of Winnabow.

    According to NC Highway Patrol Sergeant Daniels, a 2009 Honda Accord attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle driven by Taylor. The Accord hit the motorcycle in front of Don’s Automotive at 5450 Main Street.

    “The vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle,” Daniels said.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 1, 2011
  • Ash break-in

    Office are seeking the community’s help. They are searching for a suspect or suspects involved in a residential breaking and entering that occurred Tuesday in the Ash community.

    On May 31 between approximately 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a residence was broken into on Waccamaw School Road. The subject(s) forced entry into the residence and removed numerous items including jewelry and various household goods.

    Suspect descriptions are not available at this time.

  • DA steering traffic court case to Supreme Court

    District Attorney Jon David said Wednesday he plans to petition the North Carolina Supreme Court after the N.C. Court of Appeals dismissed his efforts late Tuesday to reinstate traffic court in the 13th Judicial District.

  • Unemployment dips in 73 counties in April

    RALEIGH—Unemployment rates are down across North Carolina in 73 of the state’s 100 counties.

    According to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, unemployment rates increased in 10 counties and stayed the same in 17 during the month of April.

    Statewide, North Carolina’s April unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

    Brunswick County’s April unemployment rate was 10.3 percent, down from 10.9 percent in March. 

    Brunswick’s unemployment rate in April 2010 was 10.8 percent.

  • Sheriff's office gears up to switch over to VIPER

    BOLIVIA—Finishing touches are being put on the county’s new emergency radio system, and Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the switch to the new system could take place any day now.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will be the first to switch over to the new VIPER, or Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders, system, which is expected within the first few days June, Marzano said.

  • Most of $36 million in real estate sales is in Brunswick

    Nearly $36 million in real estate volume sold in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties in March.

    Steve Candler, executive vice president for the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, said the majority of the $35.9 million share was sold in Brunswick County.

    Leland home sales are not included, however, because they are reported to the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, Candler said.

    In March, 111 housing units were sold in the three-county region with an average sales price of $249,751.

  • Nonprofits seek money from county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—At a Brunswick County Commissioners budget workshop last week, commissioner Phil Norris wanted to make one thing clear to area nonprofits: Their funding, or lack thereof, was not a reflection of their worth as a nonprofit.

    The county simply can’t be as generous with its funding in such a tight budget year, Norris said.

    “There’s no question in the value of this program, or any of the programs we’re going to hear from today…we’re in a bad position,” Norris said.