Local News

  • UNCW's Hall predicts 1 percent economic growth in region

    After experiencing virtually no growth during 2008, the local economy of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties is forecast to expand by approximately 1 percent during 2009 and 3 percent during 2010.

    William W. “Woody” Hall Jr., senior economist with the Center for Business and Economic Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business, announced his economic predictions Tuesday at UNCW.

  • Holden Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved a $12.27 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 that keeps the same tax rate and water fees.

    The board unanimously approved the budget town manager David Hewett presented Tuesday night at a special meeting at town hall.

    The budget keeps the current tax rate of 6.9 cents per $100 of property valuation. The town has a current tax base of $2.211 billion, down about $20 million over the previous year due to property owner’s appeals of their assessments.

  • Between bridges

    SUNSET BEACH—As the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge goes up, so does anticipation for its completion and changes it will bring.

    The $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span should be finished and ready to open in the next 15 months as long as work stays on schedule, a construction official said last week.

    “We’re on schedule as of right now,” said Mark Hackney, project supervisor with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., which is building the new North Carolina Department of Transportation span to replace the one-lane pontoon bridge.

  • Sheriff's detectives search for stabbing suspect while victim remains in hospital

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a suspect they said stabbed a fellow partygoer at a weekend party in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Steve Mason said Edward Brock, 28, allegedly stabbed William Bradley Faulk of Whiteville after an altercation at a party on Hewett Road in Supply on Saturday night.

    Brock has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, stemming from the altercation.

    Mason said Brock allegedly knocked down a woman at the party.

  • Christmas in July to benefit troops

    The Ocean Isle Beach Light to Light Merchants Association is sponsoring a Christmas in July drive to collect food, toiletries and other supplies for soldiers overseas.

    During July, association members, businesses on Beach Drive (N.C. 179) between N.C. 904 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, will place American flags outside their businesses to note they are participating in the drive and will have drop boxes inside.

  • Iler sworn in, appointed to Stiller's committees

    Frank Iler of Oak Island has been sworn into office as the newest member of the N.C. House of Representatives. He has begun his first full week in former Rep. Bonner Stiller’s District 17 seat.

    Last Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee selected Iler to fill out Stiller’s unexpired term. The following day, he was expected to be sworn in, but the ceremony was delayed until Thursday due to clerical issues.

  • Volunteer project wins national award

    What began as an idea less than three years ago has evolved into an award-winning program that has given computers to about 400 students in Brunswick County.

    In the fall of 2006, Brunswick County Volunteer Center Director Jayne Mathews approached county commissioners about an idea for a program to give rehabilitated computers to students at Brunswick County’s middle and high schools.

  • Rescue squads respond to water rescue

    Around 1 p.m. Sunday, June 21, rescue workers with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department rescued a 49-year-old woman swimming off the east end of Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said Tri-Beach, Coastline Rescue Squad and Brunswick County EMS responded.

    When Brunswick EMS crews arrived, Tri-Beach rescue workers already had the woman out of the water and were performing CPR, before Brunswick County EMS crews took her to Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Oak Island couple arrested for arson, insurance fraud

    An Oak Island couple’s plan to burn their home for insurance money has gone up in flames after they were arrested and charged with fraud and arson.

    Dewey William Propst, 38, and his wife Amanda Fawn Propst, 27, both of 335 NE 51st St., Oak Island, were arrested last week on several felony charges, including arson, insurance fraud and conspiracy.

  • Summer tourist season slow but improving; TDA approves new budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has approved its $1.02 million budget for 2009-2010 and plans to OK additional funds to print more visitors’ guides within the next few months to keep up with demand.

    Calls to the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority seeking visitors’ guides have increased over the past couple of months, TDA Executive Director Mitzi York told authority members Tuesday after they approved the budget.