Local News

  • Retirement living community to break ground in Ocean Isle Beach

    A groundbreaking will be later this month on a site that will soon be home to Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle, a retirement living community with assisted services.

    Built by Ridge Care, a company that claims to offer “residential senior living alternatives,” Arbor Landing will provide seniors 55 and older four apartment styles ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. For increased security, all apartments are accessible from inside entrances. Apartments will include large, private baths and kitchenettes.

  • Department of Justice visits Board of Education on minority concerns

    A representative from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) spent several hours Friday at Brunswick County Schools, after receiving complaints about minority treatment within the district.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said Walter Atkinson, from the DOJ, spent about two hours Friday explaining concerns he received from the Brunswick County community.

  • Unemployment rate increases slightly; state program aims to retrain workers

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate grew slightly in June, up from 10.8 to 11 percent. Officials are hoping that will change when local job seekers apply for a state program that pays tuition and fees to retrain them for new careers.

    Brunswick County’s Employment Security Commission (ESC) Director, Eli Smith, said recently that, in June, more high school and college students began seeking employment, adding to the number of jobseekers that outnumber the available jobs.

    “The availability has not kept pace with the number of people,” Smith said.

  • Tipping fees increased at county landfill

    A trip to the county landfill became more expensive Monday night after county commissioners approved increases to the county’s tipping fees.

    After a public hearing, commissioners OK’d the increases, which affect solid waste, construction and demolition, shingles and mobile homes.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said the tipping fees for solid waste, construction and demolition, asbestos and mobile homes increased to $56 per ton from its current rate of $49 per ton.

  • Chemical treatment of water under way

    Chemical treatment for a musty taste and odor in the county’s water supply is under way. Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said officials began treating the water supply last Tuesday, July 28.

    Pierce said the water remains safe to use and drink. Even with chemical treatment and flushing the water system, treating a water system of this size takes time, he explained.

    With 140 million gallons of water and 900 miles of water main in the county, “It’s going to take a few days to get it out of the system,” Pierce said.

  • Drug treatment court marks one-year aniversary

    It was one year ago last month when Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis introduced drug treatment court to Brunswick County.

    Last week, the program’s first participant graduated from drug treatment court. Scott Milligan graduated last week—marking the court’s one-year anniversary and Milligan’s one-year anniversary in recovery.

  • Insurance bill moves to Senate commerce committee

    House Bill 1305, the Beach Plan amendment bill, is slated to go before the Senate Commerce Committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

    The bill passed in the House 93 votes to 23 votes July 15, and amends the Beach Plan based on a joint select study committee on the potential impact of major hurricanes on North Carolina’s insurance industry.

    Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, introduced the bill April 9.

  • Brunswick County inmates collect more than 1 million pounds of trash

    They’re usually up with the sun and hit the road by 7 a.m.

    It’s not a glamorous job, but for inmates on the road crew, it’s a way out of jail for a few hours. For the county, it’s free labor to keep the county’s roadways clean.

    Since the program’s inception in November 2006, inmates from the Brunswick County Detention Center have collected more than 1 million pounds of trash from the county’s roadways.

  • First drug treatment court participant graduates from program

    BOLIVIA—His story reads like a cautionary tale—Scott Milligan was a high school athlete on the right track who made a bad decision. Nineteen years ago, he tried crack cocaine, and was immediately addicted, he said.

    “Growing up in high school, I played sports. I started hanging out with an older crowd. It was with two guys, one is doing life in prison,” the 38-year-old single dad said.

    Milligan first tried crack cocaine while in high school and “was instantly addicted.”

  • Newest Walgreens opens in Shallotte

    A new Walgreens store opened on Main Street in Shallotte last Friday on the site of the former Jones Family Center/Western Auto next to Shallotte Crossing.

    Store manager Aaron Richardson said business has been slow since the store first opened its doors, but he’s expecting more customers as word gets around town.

    The store is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. The pharmacy is open those same hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.