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  • County unemployment rate drops to 5 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent for April.

    The unemployment rate has fallen each month in 2017, from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February then 5.8 percent in March.

    The most recent unemployment rate dropped to the lowest percent since hitting 5.5 percent in May 2016.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County had a 5.7 percent unemployment rate in April 2016.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Descendant brings field study to family cemetery

    SUNSET BEACH — The descendant of John Julius Gause Jr., who restored Ocean Isle Beach’s Gause Tomb in 2015, began searching for William Gause Jr. at another family cemetery in Sunset Beach.

    J.R. Robinson of Plano, Ill., led the Gause Tomb restoration effort with his wife, Diana, and help from relatives who knew the family history.

    Robinson restored Gause’s Tomb, which was built in 1836 on a site that now sits off Hale Swamp Road SW, east of the Ocean Isle Beach airport that fell into a state of disrepair in the past century.

  • County board approves 2017-18 budget

    BOLIVIA — With only one person speaking up during the Brunswick County 2017-18 budget public hearing Monday night, June 5, commissioners followed up with a unanimous vote to approve the budget.

    County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners at the May 18 meeting.

    The operating budget of $233.4 million includes no increase in the tax rate or most fees. The property tax rate remains at 48.50 cents for a third year.

  • Man sought in Bolivia robbery arrested in Sampson County

    A man wanted in a May 31 robbery in Bolivia was arrested in Sampson County on Saturday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies were looking for 21-year-old Ondrick Lymell Cromartie in the crime, which happened about 9 p.m. in the 8000 block of Ocean Highway East. No one was injured during the robbery.

  • Gause reflects on 35 years of service to hometown

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause spent the last 35 years on the protecting and serving his beloved hometown.

    In fact, it’s the only place he’s ever worked.

    Raised in a law enforcement family, Gause said he knew from an early age the career path he’d take.

    “I’ve always loved law enforcement in general, and from day one I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.

  • Sunset Beach approves $5.6M budget for fiscal 2018

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much scrutiny and debate, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved a $5.6 million budget ordinance for fiscal 2017-18 with a few tweaks.

    Approval came at the end of council’s bimonthly meeting, which lasted more than three hours Monday night, June 5. The new budget, which takes effect July 1, calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Resident claims town won’t fix culvert because of lawsuit

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall disputes a claim by a resident that the town won’t fix a culvert behind her house because she filed a lawsuit against the town last year.

    Glenda Ward, who lives on Court 6 off Northwest Drive, said Mendenhall recently told her the culvert won’t be fixed because of the lawsuit she filed against the town in January 2016 seeking damages exceeding $25,000 after her home was flooded as Tropical Storm Joaquin descended over the region during the first weekend of October 2015.

  • Carolina Shores poised to adopt new budget, CIP

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is slated to adopt the town’s new budget as well as a capital improvement plan for fiscal 2017-18 at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 8.

    The proposed $2.1 million budget that takes effect July 1 calls for a neutral tax rate, plus a $50,000 cut in the wake of a state bill expected to reduce sales tax income.

  • Hepatitis B, C cases rise in North Carolina

    State health officials are encouraging North Carolinians to help stop the spread of hepatitis B and hepatitis C by getting tested and observing safe injection practices. Preliminary data show that between 2014 and 2016, new cases of hepatitis B increased by 56 percent and new cases of hepatitis C increased by 69 percent.

  • Duke Energy Progress seeks rate hikes

    Duke Energy Progress filing requests with the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) to increase revenues by about $477 million, for an overall average rate increase across all customer classes of 14.9 percent. The utility serves portions of northern Brunswick County and operates the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant outside Southport.